MercedesBenz CLA Review | 2014 CLA 200 Sedan | Reviews | Prices…

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Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

Mercedes Benz CLA 200 Launch

MERCEDES CLA REVIEW

What’s Mercedes quality, but affordable, and a drive

What’s not: The of the waiting list might be a

X-FACTOR: Not just an affordable Benz, but one with edgy and space inside for the modern

Vehicle style: Compact

Price: $49,990

Engine/trans: 1.6 turbo petrol | 7spd auto

Fuel consumption 5.7 l/100km | tested: 7.9 l/100km

the next salvo in Mercedes “compact car offensive”: its CLA 200 sedan .

It the Australian market at just $50,000. It is spookily quiet on beautifully finished inside and superbly.

It’s also a tad (about a centimetre) than the conservative C-Class sedan and its coupe-like lines give it ‘carpark presence’.

But is the new CLA going to Spend a day in the saddle and you won’t bother ask.

This, the CLA the “A-Class sedan”, is one very car. With that on the nose, and a price within of ‘ordinary’ buyers, it will its buns off.

There’s a bank of orders on the books. The only question in market will be the length of the list, and how long it will be you can get your mitts on one.


The interior look and feel be familiar to Mercedes A-Class buyers. The interior style, controls and material quality are the same.

Settle in behind the sports wheel and there is no the feel of a premium interior.

The dash (it’s not really nicely-shaped ARTICO sports and the mix of galvanised metal surfaces and elevates the CLA 200 above the common

There is a very typical feel of solidity and of no-nonsense We weren’t so keen though on the stripes running through the of our tester (a bit naff, we thought).

also no great fan of the gear-selector sitting at the right of the wheel. it’s something you get used to, too easy to snag and tip into

Of course, the Mercedes badge on the wheel helps adjust the of your surroundings.

With the snugly shut, it’s one of the places you’ll experience on wheels.

And if you like clarity in audio, or quiet conversation, the inside adds to the comfort and of the drive.

Front seats are shaped, as are those in the rear.

A to the flattened coupe profile is the sense that the top of the screen a little too near the forehead of passengers, and the taper of the roofline rear space.

Long-legged lumps might find the in the back an issue on a longer

But they won’t complain the comfort of the seats, the quality of the nor the ride.

Neither will complain about the AUDIO 20 the easily accessed 14.7cm display (which, as in the hatch, is awkwardly on the dash), or the quality of the system with CD/DVD/MP3 and compatibility.

Features also include with audio streaming, MAP PILOT navigation, iPod and integration, Aux-in and USB interface, exterior folding mirrors, twin-spoke alloys, illuminated sills, rain-sensing wipers, climate control and a host

Standard safety features nine airbags, attention radar-based braking system preventing low-speed shunts), brake hold, blind-spot and active park assist the usual dynamic safety and traction control acronyms.

ON THE

Yes, it’s just a 1.6 turbo ‘four’ under the But no, for everyday driving, for overtaking, for through the hills or hustling out of a it feels not at all underpowered.

The turbo matters. Those 1.6 litres a reasonable 115kW and 250Nm to the extra huff of the turbo.

The is that the CLA 200 will pull in 8.5 seconds and return 5.7 l/100km the bargain. Those are not the figures of an struggling in the performance of its duties.

it’s no hot-hatch. but this is a car for the And for that it’s powered right.

Also helping things is the twin-clutch automatic transmission It is beautifully matched to the characteristics of the and shifts rapidly and seamlessly to the right gear underfoot.

It is ‘settled’; free of hunting and to rely on the low-down urge of the rather than chopping the gears.

And if any further assistance is you can always knock it down a cog or two the steering wheel paddles.

Mercedes-Benz A 200 TURBO

The nature of the seven-speed DCT gives the CLA 200 the long legs of a much four or six-cylinder.

This is strengthened by the serene quietness of the banished by the sound-deadening isolating the and the near total absence of even at very high

The CLA 200, according to Mercedes, is world’s most aerodynamic vehicle”.

With a drag of just 0.23Cd achieved, thanks to the swoopy coupe and rounded ‘duck-arse’ rear it the smallest of holes in the air and makes not the flutter on the highway.

It’s so in fact, that tyre is more noticeable than it otherwise be. Our test car featured Goodyear tyres. I’d be rid of them, I’d reckon, and go for quieter.

The ride though is as good as find in car this size. superb fore-aft balance and damping, the CLA is a delight to hustle a country road.

Even pushing on, we found it free of and with just the right slightly firm, but not too firm to an alive sporting character. conventional fare down McPherson front axle and an multilink rear, but it works well.

FIRST DRIVE

The sedan is …? I think

If there was to be a sedan with the quality and price to bring drivers back to ‘four and a boot’, this is the sedan to do it.

The CLA 200 is a car. There’s not a lot headroom in the but ample knee-room, a huge and a little ‘four’ under the with ample zest for long-distance driving.

Better even if you wring its neck, it is going to kill the family at the bowser.

The harder and longer you think this car, the more it makes. Stylish, individual, and engineered and finished, the CLA is a ‘Mercedes for the

Well, people, that’s our When word gets the only thing that slow sales of the CLA down be the wrestle with the waiting

(Here’s a tip: get in early.)

(excludes on-road costs)

CLA $49,900

CLA 250 Sport: $63,400 April)

CLA 45 AMG: $86,900

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