SA Roadtests 2014 MercedesBenz CLA 180

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 180


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We shoehorn into a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 180

and potent

Edited version in Witness Wheels on Thursday 13, 2014

It’s an interesting Mount a scaled-down CLS body on an platform and call it CLA. You end up a petite four-door coupé readers of German motoring auto, motor und sport best new design product of in the compact car class. On the other some rude persons of our asked, “What the hell is so opinions obviously differ.

As nice as the idea is, though, the is in the details – it was built for typical dark-haired Germans rather equally typical tall, and fair-crowned “Aryans.” Your and a selection of friends could not get comfortable in it. Granted, its optional stole some headroom, but with the driver’s chair all the way down, your scribe was with only a thumb’s-width of between scalp and hood Getting into the back and out again was a mission best

But enough whining; we need to at this car from the point of of potential buyers, so let’s do it Provided you and your usual are no more than about metres tall, it’s a little car. Performance our test unit, a base-model, CLA 180 was brilliant. It accelerated well, its twin-clutch automatic gearbox intuitively, it hauled an indecently load of passengers up hill and dale without even hard and its 470-litre boot a small mountain of luggage.

For those who need to know, are built at Mercedes-Benz’ A-Class facility in Kecskemét (Ketch-ke-meet), a of 114 000 people, in central Hungary. available here with two of the 1600cc Mercedes-Benz M270 DE 16 motor, a 2.1-litre diesel and an version with twin-scroll 2.0-litre, M133 DE 20 engine. To things more personal, a of trim lines, from to sporty, are available as options.

a Mercedes, it has all the safety kit one would seven airbags, ISOFix, prevention assist, pre-safe preloading, attention assist, package, runflat tyres, proof locks, an active for pedestrian protection and the usual and handling aids. Should you manage to get yourself deeply in two new features will help to things better. Plastic wedges fitted to the rear of the wheel arches help to that wheels do not slide front doors after a crash, irrespective of turning This means it would be to re-open said portals a serious accident.

The second, Mercedes-Benz Automatic Call, alerts emergency in the event of a serious accident. the airbags or the pyrotechnical belt are triggered, the vehicle’s exact GPS and vehicle identification number are sent electronically to a special centre, even if occupants are or unsure of where they The call can also be made as MB emergency call is always the entry in the system ‘phone All you have to do is first, have the COMAND Online music/satnav/communications fitted and second, keep smartphone connected while

Its boot lid pops open in to a command from the key fob or after a switch on the driver’s door. The is at mid-thigh height and it’s 16 centimetres deep. Although the is neat and square, its loading follows the shape of the lid that around the stylish tail A pair of netted side four lashing rings, a and a 12-Volt socket make a breeze. As mentioned previously, the are runflats, hence no spare.

backs split 60:40 and almost flat provided the chairs aren’t adjusted too far There is no centre armrest optional) but three belts and restraints are fitted. Netted pockets and small door look after storage while smokers have an and lighter at the back of the centre USB and auxiliary sockets can be found in the storage box and there is an SD card in the face of the COMAND music

The standard climate control lets you preselect temperature and options, but it’s a single device only. Storage for items is provided by a pair of cup small door bins and a sized glove compartment. We that fit and finish wasn’t up to the Mercedes-Benz standard with gaps between door and “B” pillars, crooked window and unequal spaces between trims and doors. We hope wasn’t representative of all cars the Hungarian plant.

On balance, we agree that the CLA is a great car, we fully grown would probably be happier a regular A-Class.

Test car from MBSA fleet

The numbers

Basic with automatic transmission and tax: R366 826

Engine: 16-valve, four-cylinder, turbopetrol

90 kW at 5000 rpm

Torque: 200 Nm between and 4000 rpm

Zero to 100 km/h: 9,3

Maximum speed: 210 km/h

life fuel economy: 8,5 l/100 km

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