2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Priced From $33,495

When Mercedes introduced the original CLA, many felt like the car didn’t live up to the standards of the three-pointed star. We feel quite the opposite about the A-Class sedan, which slots underneath the CLA to become the automaker’s new entry-level car. And to put the cherry on top, Mercedes has revealed the A-Class’ reasonable $33,495 price tag. For comparison, that’s the exact same starting price as the 2019 Audi A3.

The base A-Class features front-wheel drive; all-wheel-drive models start from $35,495. Both versions come with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four that makes 188 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. This engine pairs to a seven-speed twin-clutch transmission.

Standard features include LED headlights, 17-inch wheels, dual-zone climate control, and a panoramic roof. Dual 7.0-inch displays come standard with the new MBUX infotainment system, as do Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. If those displays aren’t big enough, buyers can opt for two 10.3-inch screens. Other options include the AMG Line or Night packages, which feature unique design details and equipment. Mercedes hasn’t released a full configurator for the A-Class as of this writing.

It’s very likely the U.S. will eventually receive an AMG version of the A-Class, and it should sit at the top of the pricing range. Although it hasn’t been officially announced, AMG models could come a year or so after the regular A-Class models. Mercedes is also preparing a new CLA, which is expected to climb in price a bit to move further away from the A-Class.

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan will arrive in dealerships sometime early in the year.