MercedesBenz CLA200 review | first drive | carsguide com au

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Mercedes-Benz CLA200 review | drive

The Mercedes-Benz CLA starts all of under the entry C-Class. Gallery

Paul Pottinger tests and reviews the Mercedes-Benz at its Australian launch.

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On driving this highly hugely appealing four coupe in France earlier year, we concluded that it not an iota how we felt about it, you going to buy the CLA anyway. So it’s to the extent the waiting list far into next year.

The CLA all of $10k under the entry — which, almost years into its life is still the nation’s best-selling mid import. That’s a symbolic 10 under $50K but all of $15K the equivalent A 180 hatch on which built.

Value truly is in the eye of the buyer, so does this tighter and compromised package in any way the extra? Practically, of course See it in the dramatically sculptured metal and more likely to disregard tedious considerations. Yep, go there, alright.

So while the A-Class thrashes it by not only carrying the more badge but more kit and a better the CLA cedes the latter advantage. Yet also the first Benz door in relevant memory at price, well under the 3 Series and Audi A4, but with more kit and — not so very — a good deal cachet.

More tangibly, the base model features smart 18-inch twin alloys within run flat all of nine airbags, blind warning, bi xenon front LED rears and collision warning. The but willing 1.6 turbo four is through a seven-speed twin-clutch

The CLA 200 is launched with the stonking CLA 45 AMG . In it’s joined by a pointless at $50,400, in April by the AMG tuned CLA 250 with a 2.0-litre four at a but tantalising $63,400 (the A 250 Sport is priced at CLA 200 money).

Salient among the option is the bling Edition One. till December, this tautly suspended AMG pack and visual options besides for grand.

The CLA transcends the boundaries of and prestige category. In terms of rivals, BMW’s 2 Series some way off and will, if form is any struggle to match price and

Diesel is redundant in compact Benz’s own figures all but prove it. turbo petrol unit all of 1.1 litres per 100km more and would be approximately 10 times fun to drive. That said, its rev is 6100rpm, but nothing meaningful after 5500 when power — such as it is announces itself.

So what? The nicer note is justification enough. Engine is coupled to a seven speed clutch auto drivetrain pootles in normal mode, a gear in sport and has a meaningful and manual mode via paddle which can also affect an of drive. Edition One or AMG optioned get a stiffened and unrelenting suspension Our advice — don’t.

You be waylaid at service stations and outside shops. It’s way with the CLA. Longer, and and altogether more striking the senior C-Class, this is an design — one that the essence of the much copied CLS to compact dimensions and a three lower sticker.

That’s by a lowered roof, one which it impossible for 185cm me to take a seat without removing my below the knee or head at the It’s a 2+2 and barely that. price of the coolest shape $100k is the near impossibility of your rear three so shrouding are the back pillars. job blind spot warning are standard to those wing

The cabin is A-Class — in senses. We’ve burbled on a bit the latter, so maybe skip the paragraph. Frankly, even in trim with artificial and basic (not sports) it’s fairly sensational. A few help, but it is in its essence a step from the soberly tedious norm.

Yet to be crashed by a test — possibly because can’t be bothered deflating all airbags — the five rating of the related A- and B-Class is a Run flat tyres though. kicked BMW often enough for so the same misgivings apply. Get a puncture beyond the metropolis, or on a Sunday, and your CLA is going on a platform truck.

Over it and you’ll regret it. The limited One is afflicted not only by questionable upholstery but suspension that relays the road’s every Indeed, it’s every

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Nothing escapes its Richter charting rigidity. But it looks right? And, when enable you stir it up a bit, is more pliant.

The entry car which, as we’ve seen, is not so boggo — is every bit as but tolerable in all circumstances, almost so, given it rides on 18-inch Benz’s least potent engine is, in its way, among the enjoyable. If you judge performance on 0-100kmh, 8.5 seconds would only a Lexus IS 250 owner.

with it via manual mode and you an enjoyably responsive device at its best in the thick of the torque which extends from above idle to more 4000rpm. Third and fourth are always sweet and you do need to be to avoid being borne to losing speeds without exertion.

Slightly heavier than the A-Class, the base CLA is a reliable companion — balanced and with just enough in


As an object of relatively affordable and fun, the CLA has no rival until traditional foes bestir

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200

Price . from

Warranty . 3 years/100,000km

Capped . No

Service interval . 12 months/15,000km

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