The Baby Benz is back. The 190E filled the role of \u201csmall luxury sedan\u201d back in the mid-1980s and into the early 1990s. Its best year, 1986, saw 21,897 190Es leave the showrooms, but sales declined to fewer than 15,000 by the time Mercedes-Benz pulled the plug on its compact sedan in 1993 and shifted to the larger C-class. Interestingly, in a time when sedans of every size have been succumbing to the enduring SUV craze, Mercedes-Benz has gone all in with an entry-level compact luxury car, now in its second year. But worry not \u2014 Mercedes-Benz offers eight SUV models, ranging from the compact GLA to the rugged G-Class. The German automaker isn\u2019t retreating to its roots in the luxury-sedan market. The A220 is a lot like the 190E in many respects. It\u2019s equipped with a fairly mild-mannered 188-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. It\u2019s luxurious yet sporty, handling like a sport sedan should. It also has many of the same defects as the old 190E \u2014 notably, a small trunk (8.6 cubic feet) and virtually no knee room for rear-seat passengers if those in front don\u2019t give up most of theirs. The A220 we test-drove was a true luxury sedan. Among its many desirable features were all-wheel drive, panoramic sunroof, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth connectivity, navigation, power driver\u2019s seat with lumbar adjustment, blind-spot monitor, cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, and active steering, blind-spot, lane-keeping, lane-change, speed-limit and evasive-steering assist. That\u2019s a lot of infotainment and driving-control technology in one small package. It\u2019s obvious, however, that Mercedes-Benz has not adopted the South Korean strategy of offering an expansive array of value features in every model. The 2020 A220 sedan starts at just $32,800 for a front-wheel-drive model \u2014 $34,800 for an A220 with all-wheel drive \u2014 but many of the features listed above cost extra. The sticker price on our white test car was $43,745. Bottom line: The base model barely clears the near-luxury bar and certainly doesn\u2019t reach luxury status. That said, in many respects the A220 is easy to live with. It\u2019s easier to access and egress than most of the compact sedans we\u2019ve driven, and its road manners are impeccable. Buyers of European sport sedans have come to accept a hint of roughness in the ride, in exchange for sharp handling, but that largely has been engineered out of the A220. Interior materials are of exceptionally high quality. And, while we struggled with some of the interior controls, we were able to figure out the infotainment and climate-control systems without difficulty. To be fully truthful, we still don\u2019t care for the touch-pad controller, preferring beefy dials between the front bucket seats. We also found ourselves wishing for a traffic-light prism like many 1950s cars had; the low-slung windshield made traffic signals hard to see. The A220 delivers good fuel economy for an all-wheel-drive car with a turbocharged engine \u2014 24 mpg city, 34 highway \u2014 but pricier premium gasoline is required. Steven Macoy (email@example.com) is a longtime car enthusiast and full-time editor who lives in Bethel.