At one time separating luxury cars from luxury SUVs was a simple matter. Today, the line between the categories has blurred to the point where the two have become one. Credit the emergence of a new breed of crossover, offering greater practicality without sacrificing road manners. Here’s a look at the key new arrivals for 2019 — it is an eclectic list with something for just about everyone.
Mercedes-Benz is obviously fishing for some new customers as it launches the 2019 A-Class Hatch — it is set to become the new gateway for an aspiring Benz owner. It will be offered in A 250 front-drive and A 250 4Matic all-wheel-drive models. Naturally, being a hatch it has the needed flexibility — 370L of luggage space seats up and 1,210L with the 40/20/40-split rear seat folded. The standard equipment list includes heated front seats, a panoramic sunroof and dual-zone climate control along with a central touchscreen for the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system. It also supports M-B’s version of Siri — say “Hey, Mercedes, it’s cold in here” and the A-Class cranks up the heater. Distinctive LED headlights and taillights are also standard fare. Both models are powered by a 2.0L turbocharged four. It makes 221 hp and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. The power reaches the road through a seven-speed automatic and either the front or all four wheels. There are four drive modes that fine-tune the throttle response, transmission shift points and steering feel. The A 250 starts at $35,990 with the 4Matic model costing $37,990.