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2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class redefines entry level

With some of the brand's best tech, the A-Class is a great way to get new buyers hooked on the three-pointed star.

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Andrew Krok
Cars are Andrew's jam, as is strawberry. After spending years as a regular ol' car fanatic, he started working his way through the echelons of the automotive industry, starting out as social-media director of a small European-focused garage outside of Chicago. From there, he moved to the editorial side, penning several written features in Total 911 Magazine before becoming a full-time auto writer, first for a local Chicago outlet and then for CNET Cars.
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An entry-level car in a luxury automaker's lineup should offer a solid blend of everything the company has to offer in a smaller, more affordable package. 

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By that standard, the outgoing Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class was garbage. 

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While the price was right, its coupe-like roof made the rear seats uncomfortable for grown adults, and low-quality interior materials punctuated its ho-hum design.

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That all changes with the 2020 Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

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My A-Class Sedan has a little extra anger thanks to the $2,600 AMG Line styling package, which adds sharper angles in the bumpers, a slightly lower suspension and the stunning diamond-block grille.

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The 19-inch AMG wheels are an extra $500. 

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My tester's 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 puts out 188 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque, sent to all four wheels by way of a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (front-wheel drive is available, too).

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All that torque makes for strong starts, and while the transmission's low-speed antics can be a little on the clunky side, shifts at speed are plenty smooth.

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When it comes time to accelerate, lower gears are called up with haste.

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Keep scrolling to check out even more pictures of the new A-Class Sedan, and don't forget to take a look at our full written review.

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