Young up-and-coming professionals are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking out a vehicle that publicizes their financial and worldly success, but the 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan is one of the finest. Its sharp and contemporary guise has it exude a sporty yet suave and professional impression, an ethos carried through to the luxury compact sedan's cabin for the driver and passengers to relish. Sadly, with its turbocharged inline-4 engine producing a skimpy 188 horsepower, it unfortunately doesn't bear the proficiency its demeanor expresses. It does, however, deliver a serenely comfortable ride and comes brimming with modern comforts and conveniences. Though it's not the most pragmatic of sedans out there, the A-Class Sedan will certainly impress as a flashy means of arrival. Other young professionals may try to show you up in the Audi A3 sedan, BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, or the even Volvo S60, but the 2021 A-Class won't fail to draw attention.
The Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan gets ready for the new year with fresh standard features that increase safety, spruce up the car's interior and exterior, and make it easier to live with. On the outside, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class gets a set of standard 18-inch bi-color wheels, while the interior now benefits from a cool-looking 64-color ambient lighting system. Blind-spot assist is standard for 2021, too, and the MBUX interior assistant is now available as a standalone option.
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The turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder gas unit in the A-Class Sedan is a popular engine for its balanced performance dynamics - matching smooth power responses with above-average fuel efficiency. Having been modulated for just 188 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque, acceleration is unfortunately not that thrilling and the soundtrack is rather hushed. It is smooth and consistent, nonetheless, which augments the A-Class's refined driving experience. Paired to the engine is a 7-speed automatic transmission, which cedes outputs to the A220 Sedan's front-wheel drive or the A220 4MATIC's all-wheel drive.
Many will admire the Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan solely for its aesthetic as it is arguably one of the most beautiful 4-door cars in the class. And aesthetics play a significant role in the premium classification, as a professional will want to visually exhibit their status through the car that they drive, just like the suits that they wear. It's a car that someone will buy not for fun or capable performance or even for practicality, but rather as an extension of their person. This is something the A-Class Sedan is perfectly suited to. Though it isn't very exciting to drive at all, its sharp steering responses and masterful handling augment its serene driving experience, something its sedate and quiet powertrain complements, too. Competitors from BMW and Audi will offer a whole lot more in the driving proficiency and enjoyment side of things, but the A-Class Sedan is admirable in its focus on luxury. Its cabin is modern, luxurious and brimming with contemporary features and Mercedes has decked it out with driver assists and safety systems. Neither of the USA's crashworthiness authorities have subjected the 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedan to review, but the Euro NCAP scored this first-generation exceptionally well. All-in-all, the A-Class Sedan is certainly worth considering.
When it comes to deciding on which A-Class Sedan model to go for, you only get the choice of either the FWD version or the 4MATIC AWD version. Both share the same engine and transmission and the same consignment of inclusive features, so your choice really depends on whether you'll need the added all-weather traction of the AWD setup. The difference in price between the 2021 Mercedes-Benz A-Class Sedans is just $2,000. Whichever one you choose to go for, we'd consider throwing in the available Burmester surround-sound audio system along with the Premium Package for the 10.25-inch digital driver display and 10.25-inch infotainment system touchscreen.
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