Driven MercedesBenz CLA 180 Sport Telegraph

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Does the new Mercedes-Benz CLA 180 Sport the substance to match its style?

If any car is of Mercedes-Benz ‘ attempts to woo buyers, the CLA 180 Sport is it.

It’s not the swoopy, baby CLS styling in the UK the CLA is sold only in Sport or AMG trim, which means of racy-looking trim and 18in wheels. This isn’t traditional pipe and slippers saloon. In fact, Mercedes even call it that it calls it a four-door coupe.

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The turbocharged 1.6-litre, petrol engine is one of a new family of and, on paper, its 120bhp looks rather measly. ft of torque at just 1,250rpm, so it feels stronger than you Anyone familiar with of Mercedes’ rather wheezy engines wil be pleasantly surprised by how it is, too: rev hard and there’s increase in volume; just an zingy note.

Performance is brisk and the six-speed manual shifts smoothly enough ratios, even though the has an unsatisfying long-throw action. The box is annoyingly cramped, too, and the themselves are slightly offset to the

In this guise, there’s no option. If you want a CLA with a you’ll need to find £5000 for the diesel-powered CLA 220 CDI, has a twin-clutch transmission as standard.

offers many of its models a bewildering choice of suspension but there are just two systems for the As standard, Sport versions get suspension, whereas AMG Sport have lowered sport

You can specify sport suspension for models but I wouldnt; the ride on suspension is firm enough, and the CLA and flinches over all but the smoothest

The upside is good body and as a result the handling is sharp. to responsive — if not especially — steering the CLA largely up to its sporty image.

Inside, the CLA is a ringer for the A-Class, with the dashboard and controls. One-piece front seats jazz up a bit, but otherwise it’s modern Mercedes — enough at first glance, built, but on close inspection special. The optional Becker system looks cheap (it especially so, at £495) and the materials and aren’t as classy as those in an A3 (a CLA-rivalling saloon version of is on the way).

Rear legroom is fine, but no surprise that the sloping means that taller won’t be able to sit up straight in the There’s no compromise on boot with a massive 470-litre

Practicality will be a long way most CLA buyers’ list of of course. Style is likely to be at the and the CLA scores highly for that. it ticks the boxes, but there’s a that it’s only as as it needs to be. Maybe, at nearly 40, just too old to appreciate it.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 180

Price from: £24,355

as tested: £31,595

Telegraph Three out of five stars

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz A 180 AT Base

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