MercedesBenz CLA 200: First Drive motoring com au

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Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200: First

Yarra Valley, Victoria

we like

Blend of handling and

Different feel to A-Class

combo, most of the time.

Not so

But turbo and DCT can be laggy

Hefty premium

You might have to for yours

This is the car that believes will bring a new generation into the fold. The CLA 200 is not only Mercedes-Benz’s most ‘four-door coupe’, with a starting price, but it also styling and packaging that is to appeal to a more youthful than ever.

And early are the car has hit the mark.

Launched this Down Under and commanding a price premium over the A-Class hatch models which it shares its mechanicals and the CLA is already a sell-out success.

Australia executives say dealers are up to 800 pre-orders for CLA models and that projections see demand likely to supply by between 500-1000

That number will those desirous of two extra CLA yet to debut: the super-frugal CLA 200 CDI turbo-diesel February 2014) and perhaps the of the CLA bunch, the 250 Sport – a 155kW hotshoe with a GTI-baiting due in April. The range-topping CLA 45 was also this week and waiting are already out to April.

For the time therefore, the CLA 200 is not only the entry-level it’s likely the only CLA be able to walk in and buy off the floor. Our impressions indicate that’s no hardship.

Powered by a turbocharged direct-injected petrol four to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated the 200 is resolutely front-drive only – its hatch counterpart. Power and figures are reasonable at 115kW and and the 0-100km/h dash time is a 8.5 seconds. It’s frugal quoting an ADR Combined economy of just 5.7L/100km.

Underneath, the CLA and A-Class hatch roll on the ‘MFA’ architecture – a chassis set that is also used for the and the ‘next-big-thing’ Benz, the GLA compact Eventually, a CLA Shooting Brake will complete the family.

Yet, thanks to a blend of equipment and the change in body even a short drive is to tip you to the different feel and function of smallest sedan.

Like the the CLA 200 is a well mannered and wieldy car can be driven with real when the spirit moves yet doesn’t provide too many to comfort around town. In the of the CLA, however, there’s an level of refinement that to be gifted to the car thanks to its ‘three-box’

There’s a quality to the sound in the cabin that is very to the hatch. Exhaust and road are down a notch or two (at least the impression, we haven’t measured the and wind noise is almost absent. Given it’s to be the world’s most aerodynamic car (Volkswagen says the honour to XL1), it’s no surprise the CLA through the air so discreetly.

Without driving the cars it’s impossible to state that on-road manners between the A-Class and CLA-Class, but the of the CLA also seems a little ‘grown up’. It changes readily, never feels or front-heavy and is just a touch settled in doing so. Factors at here are a slight increase in and variations in weight distribution and settlings. The CLA’s tail is but wheelbase and track numbers are

Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series

We sampled two versions of the 200, a car and another fitted with the suspension which comes as of the ‘Edition One’ special pack. In comfort, practical and terms there was little to the two. The 1.6-litre turbo in both were willing that prove downsizing can if the right engineering principles are to.

There’s a good amount of available for overtaking and even some city work and a country drive the trip had our consumption in the very low 8.0L/100km Indeed, the only hiccup at flush is the engine/gearbox’s reluctance a standing start. It takes a amount of throttle opening and a little anticipation to counter turbo lag and the dual-clutch transmission’s time’ away from a red or intersection.

Even before option packages are chosen, the CLA 200 a hefty $9000 premium its hatch counterpart. In part, justifies this extra on the basis of adding Becker navigation, a reversing camera, Artico seat surfacing and a spot assistance system as kit.

Otherwise the CLA equipment is similar to the five-door’s. It rolls on five/twin-spoke alloy wheels, fixed bi-xenon headlights, a diamond grille, power-folding LED tail-lights, active park with Parktronic (90-degree and self-parking), twin exhaust and Thermotronic climate-control. For more on the mechanicals and standard safety check out our international launch .

Perhaps therefore the only in the CLA armour is, ironically, the body that sets it apart its A-Class and B-Class counterparts. The ‘four-door coupe’ lines of the CLA compromise rear-seat access and room.

The latter is especially the when a sunroof is optioned, but taller than 178cm is to notice the lack of rear room, even if leg room is and the rear seat itself is shaped for two. Access requires attention and a reasonable of flexibility thanks to the diving window header. At least the is capacious – probably more than the hatch’s luggage if you’re travelling with onboard.

As an aside, we loved the frameless door treatment – a coupe-style touch (though Subaru Liberty owners may that point!)

In the end, criticising the CLA for these packaging is probably pointless. If you need sedan-style accommodation in a still-compact four-door, your local burgher will happily you to the C-Class counter; and there’s an more practical B-Class way sir.

What the CLA does very is deliver a serious injection of into the compact and affordable end of the spectrum. As suggested in my intro, CLA likely be the first Mercedes-Benz for buyers. It’s clearly the star brand’s fervent that it won’t be their

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