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How we’d spec a 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class

You can now configure a 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class on the Canadian Mercedes-Benz website, and we took advantage of it.

The A-Class has been one of the most anticipated new vehicles ever since it was introduced at last year’s Geneva Auto Show. It’s a new generation for Europe, but for us here in North America it’s our first A-Class and Mercedes-Benz’ new entry-level model.

As we noted in our review, however, there’s nothing entry-level about the new A-Class which feels a lot more luxurious than you would expect from a sub-40k Mercedes-Benz. This is how we’d spec our own 2019 A-Class.


We’re partial to the hatchback as it has more cargo space and its design is stunning. Given that we can’t imagine taken on the Canadian winter with a front-wheel drive vehicle, were going with the 2019 Mercedes-Benz A 250 4Matic which starts at $37,990.

It’s powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that gets 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the hot hatch. That gets it to 100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.

We’d wait for the Mercedes-AMG A 35, but who knows when that will be available, and we want to move quickly as we’re sure Mercedes-Benz dealerships will have more demand than supply for the A-Class.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class | Photo: Mercedes-Benz
Mercedes-Benz A-Class | Photo: Mercedes-Benz


Mercedes-Benz doesn’t really have “versions” of its vehicles. It does, however, have packages and stand-alone options.

Some could live with the base 17-inch wheels, but we’re upgrading to the Sport package available for $1,500. We could have added 18-inch wheels alone for $500, but we want the entire AMG body kit which gives the A 250 a really aggressive look along with aluminum pedals, sport seats and the Nappa leather steering wheel.

Adding the Sport package also adds the Premium Package for $2,950. That’s fine with us given that the Premium gives you the advanced MBUX system with voice activation which we tested and enjoyed on our A-Class first drive back in April. It also gives the interior a much more upscale look by adding two 10.25-inch screens side-by-side like in the S-Class.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Interior
Mercedes-Benz A-Class | Photo: Mercedes-Benz

You also get Keyless Go, Blind Spot assist, Rear Cross-Trafic Alert, 64 different interior ambient lighting options. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which should have been standard, come with the Premium Package as well.

We’ll also add a heated steering wheel for $500 and SiriusXM with 3-month membership for $475. Got to have your Mad Dog Sports and your 80s on 8. We don’t need the Navigation package as we’ll just use our phone with Apple CarPlay nor do we need adaptive cruise control and the more advanced optional active safety features.

We don’t need the Active Parking Assist ($900) or the 360 Camera ($650) as the A-Class is small and easy to park.

Lastly, we are adding the 36-month or 3 services prepaid maintenance package for $799.


I’m always partial to black when it comes to Mercedes-Benz, but the A-Class offers a fairly complete color selection that deserves to be explored. The flat Mountain Grey MAGNO is pretty nice, but at $2,500 it’s a bit too expensive. Most colors are an extra $890 which is kind of annoying given we are already paying over $40,000 so we will go with Sun Yellow.

Yes, Sun Yellow. Why not? We’ll likely be the only ones on our block with a yellow A-Class.

Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sun Yellow
Sun Yellow Mercedes-Benz A-Class | Photo:

Lease or finance a 2019 Mercedes-Benz A-Class?

There’s really no wrong way to go here. Financing is offered at 3.9% and so is leasing. Moreover, the residual value is reasonable when leasing. We’re going to lease it just because it’s a new model, and it’s on the smaller side space-wise. Maybe the family will be growing in a couple of years and we’ll need something bigger.

With that mind, we’re leasing our A-Class on 36 months for 3.9% with 18,000 kilometers allowed per year. We are not putting any money down and the lease will come out to roughly 650 $ per month everything included.

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  1. Hey – thanks for the article. We are in Toronto and buying the A-class this weekend. We are buying a model with almost identical specs and curious what your final 36 month lease price was? You had mentioned 650 but wondering if that was confirmed.



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