Mercedes A d 220 in the experiment: Our evaluation after 100,000 kilometers

Mercedes A d 220 in the experiment: Our evaluation after 100,000 kilometers

Please do not say “Mercedes” because then he will ask firmly: “What can I do for you?” Even when there is nothing to do. You, that ‘s the language assistant in A 220 d. He had to be protected against excessive diligence – by explaining the emotional law to passengers before boarding. Up to Clean-up 3, system updates – since then, the digital woman has simply answered “Hey” or “Hello” in front of “Mercedes”.

The people of the awakened time completely avoided the word M, to be on the safe side. Meanwhile, “Hey Mercedes” in relation to “I’m Hungry” provided the tips of the restaurant directly on the show – very important in an unknown area. If a) emotional law is very tedious or b) the idea of ​​having a permanent digital ear on board is very scary, you can turn off the “Hey Mercedes” recognition in the menu. From now on, voice input will be recognized only after you press a button.

Happily in places you do not know

Advantages of spoken command commands against the affected: It is not necessary to evade the display. Although that may help, for example in a pole position on a red light. MBUX then displays the brightest screens on the screen. You do not need to turn your head to see the switch to green. MBUX, Mercedes-Benz User Experience, is an infotainment with internet connection. Optionally, they create arrows that point to the screen. In addition to the small navigation arrows in the action head-up display (1,178 euros), their larger counterparts, almost connected to the front camera image, appear on the recorded turning path. Good for open roads in a foreign country.

Achim Hartmann

Vehicle: agile compact with four-cylinder diesel (190 hp), seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and front-wheel drive Price: test car price 58,343 euros including luxury equipment.

And A-Class loves to travel abroad, often and for a long time. This is because of the fact that you just want to be with him, often and for a long time. Because Mercedes impressions are on A 220 d. It is shown, for example, in the amazing realization that you have been behind the wheel for some time now, that you are making rapid progress and that you feel the zeal of the journey. We describe the modernity of Mercedes here; the lazy laziness of the original basic series has only been shown for a long time in the museum. With the A-Class you get a fluid retention accompanied by a comfortable suspension enjoyment – the project only deals with shock absorbers for 1,178 euros.

Despite the sheer size of the body, there is actually a hint of a cherished feeling that is typical of the brand – at least in the front two seats. If you go back which is not very pleasant, you take a second class ticket. Music is playing ahead. literally. Colleagues enthusiastically reported on horseback riding who had a good time with them: and themselves, their favorite band and Burmester power system. It is worth an additional 863 euros.

Because our test car was damaged by a lot of extras, it would cost 58,343 euros today. You see: The Mercedes model does not end with the price. In October 2019, when the endurance test device entered our underground parking for the first time, A 220 d without everything would cost at least 37,045 euros; today is 39,002 Euro.

True, there is no unstable diesel, but a full starting four-cylinder. Unfortunately also the forced transmission is closed with a double clutch. In conjunction with the start-stop system, it causes paralysis during traffic lights: for example, as you approach the red phase, the engine is about to stop and the light signal jumps to green. Where the reboot takes too long, the clutch gets messed up and proceeds late – but with a visible shock. A different type of jerk can certainly cause an adrenaline rush: during rear parking on a hill. First, the A-Class moves forward, then, with a little more pressure on the gas pedal, the clutch closes very tightly and the compact jumps into the gap. Blessed is the man whose left hand is on the right foot.

Mercedes A 220 d

Achim Hartmann

Help: Some systems are more irritating than helpful. Operation: You may get lost in some sub-menu – the language of best use.

Ruck, third: This passes through the car as soon as you approach the border line. The line keeper looks scared to ride a horse and suddenly gets into shoes on one side. The fear was followed by a sad exit through a quick access – every time you start your journey again. The same, just the opposite, applies to the popular Eco mode. The order does not remember. He is well tuned, keeps pace in the lower range, surf torque wave. And he pulls himself out while pushing. This also helps to drive a little compact drive – less than five liters per 100 km does not require crawling.

Fear of standing still

Back to assistants: Distance travel control is irritating – by responding to delays by slowing people down, driving too close, then stopping in fear, sometimes accompanied by tones of warning. Not everyone wants to give 1440 euros to overworked assistants.

However, they can get into the car through the back door. Then when you choose a technology package with good humidity controls, a more stable front brake system and more radiant brightness for 3,558 euros. And with that – forced merging! – also for the intelligent.

Four times per service

Another digital supervisor was reported as usual: notice in the cockpit to remind customer service. Every 25,000 miles or once a year, the A-Class was towed toward the lifting platform. So a total of four times in the trial period – three stations was enough for other long-distance runners over a distance of 100,000 kilometers.

Mercedes A 220 d


Storage: Effective and powerful – the engine runs smoothly with the A-Class. Chassis: Be sure to choose shock absorbers – for maximum comfort.

A 220 d, on the other hand, was reluctant to make repairs. After the error message, the front camera had to be repaired. In addition, the cooling circuit leaks were suspected, and later there was a surprisingly short-term loss of clarity – in both cases, however, no defects were found. So the compact does not finish first in the defect index, but still deserves a very good “A” mark – in the American planning system this corresponds to our “1”, ie almost the best grade. Above there will be more, for German stars. We block A 220 d after 100,000 miles. One in the grille should be enough.

Strengthening weakening

The A-Class extras in the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) area ranged from impressive to impressive. For example, the turning arrows of augmented reality, which made navigation in vague traffic conditions easier. Or on-screen traffic lights, which you can easily view on the screen instead of turning your head up and down. On the other hand, additions like these meant that the A 220 d had to visit the workshop randomly to fix the front camera – it really did not cost anything, but in the sense of the model it took first place in the defect index list. (see also the last page of the experiment).

defective index

With one defect, the Mercedes A 220 d took second place behind the top three finishers – including the A-Class from 2016. Unfortunately, the only defect was the error message and not the defect in the extreme sense. What looks good, among other things: the comparative depreciation of a small hatchback of four doors.

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Pros and cons

Plus minus

  • A lovely car to visit
  • Capacity suspension
  • Powerful engine
  • Low consumption compared to driving performance
  • Long distance
  • Proper orientation
  • Simple title display
  • High quality screens
  • It is often easy to use
  • A positive view of quality
  • Bright light (multiple LEDs) that …
  • … sometimes blinds the oncoming traffic
  • Steps to break the brakes are irritating
  • Trembling gear box
  • Body bent down with long front part


Considering the variety of technologies offered, including permanent Internet access and improved realities as well as camera-based aids, we were concerned at the beginning of the patient trial about possible errors and shortcomings that may come to us. In fact, however, the assistants of the braking and braking processors attracted negative attention. Aside from its shortcomings, the A 220 d was very fun – especially in the literal sense: people loved to drive a small car. Drive, yes, just drive. It’s lovely!