Test Drive ‘Bargain’ Mercedes CLA disappoints

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Sleek will help the car sell is stiffer than expected Low makes the back seat too to enter, exit


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Is it really to buy a new Mercedes-Benz for less than Nope.

The new-for-2014 CLA compact is closer to $31,000 with the $925 shipping charge to the heavily promoted base of $29,900. Average transaction is expected to be $35,000 or so, with the being about the price of an sunroof, bigger wheels, and other tech.

M-B insists it cut no cheapened nothing to hit a price some $5,400 less to than its longtime entry the C-Class (due for redesign year).

It says manufacturing cut costs. Specifically, the CLA is made in alongside M-B’s B-Class CLA’s chassis is borrowed the B car and modified for sexy-sedan duty.

means CLA also is a front-drive the first front-drive Mercedes-Benz in the save for about 80 hydrogen test cars leased to An all-wheel-drive CLA 250 (4Matic in M-B speak) is due next year.

Sharing the B chassis and making the car in might make some wary that CLA isn’t a Mercedes-Benz. Certainly it lacks the feel of M-B’s other

The maker handed over of the first-built CLA 250 sedans, and the high-performance CLA 45 AMG on sale in November, to pixel-stained this week, and if comments themselves are an indication, you won’t a lot of the no compromises articles the company like.

Apart from it’s a full-blooded Mercedes, to consider are whether it’s a car: pleasant overall, to drive, practical to use, to operate. It does not pass tests.

Impressions, good and from two days of driving and fancy CLAs, including the AMG

• Gorgeous. Striking from angle. Looks alone sell a ton of CLAs.

• Back Decent knee and legroom, but the roofline that looks so shrinks the back-door openings and chops off headroom for anyone about 5-foot-6.

M-B says a deliberate compromise. It believes the and younger Gen Y target audience be more excited by the styling aggravated by its rear doors.

• Dynamics. Steering and braking first-rate. The front-drive 250 lacks the feel it likely would if it were rear-drive. The AMG version has AWD giving it a more-balanced feel.

• CLA models use modest amounts of gasoline, with mileage in the low 30s in highway driving and the low 20s crawling in D.C.’s stop-and-lunge snake

• Cumbersome connectivity with After fumbling through presented by Mercedes-Benz’s aggravating electronics system, the car eventually with, and faithfully retained to, both a Windows Phone and an

It wasn’t necessary to identify one as the or priority phone. Whichever was making or receiving a call was the one the car to a hands-free system.

The system was to pick up where it left without any instructions or switch-flipping, on Bluetooth programming a phone was in when the car was shut off. exceptional, in our experience.

• Hard Slams over potholes and tar The AMG version, even allowing for its suspension, was dreadful. Made teeth chatter and your vibrate on only mildly paving.

The CLA 250, which should been far more comfortable, Fine on smooth roads, but as bun-slamming as the AMG over the slightest

M-B disagrees, saying the chassis is as intended.

• Noise. Unexpected in a tires whined over concrete, roared over asphalt.

Outside the 250, the sounded rackety, unrefined. not so bad. Any bothersome engine in the AMG were delightfully masked by its exhaust note.

Optional on the AMG is a switch that lets the select how loud to make the Not tested, but a goodie worth if you’re already spending 50% to more than the 250 to get the AMG.

• Lots of talk among the writers about the inside cheap or cheesy. M-B says it heard those comments, though the CLA’s been on overseas long enough for feedback.

A couple of the test had embarrassing misfits of trim, M-B says shouldn’t have there and aren’t present in vehicles.

Screen for the optional system sticks up and out from the It’s supposed to resemble an tablet, like those M-B believes are beloved by Gen Y.

Some journalists found it Test Drive and others the look and function. Mounting it from the dash puts the closer to line-of-sight, and tucks it into the car’s interior to it against sun glare.

Overall, the CLA is Yes, it has a lot of features and stature for the And the styling’s nonpareil. But, no, not all the way there in refinement and premium which largely are what a luxury brand worthwhile.


What? Small, four-door sedan meant to be a new model in U.S.

When? CLA 250 FWD on sale since Sept. 20. CLA 250 AWD spring.

High-performance CLA 45 AMG, standard) due in November.

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Where? at Kecskemet, Hungary, which makes M-B B-Class subcompact sold in the U.S.) on which CLA is based.

Why? Lower-price, model to attract new, buyers. It presumes they remain loyal to the brand as age.

How much? CLA 250 FWD starts at including shipping, about less than rival BMW CLA 45 AMG to start at $48,375, comes to $60,000 loaded. CLA 250 AWD isn’t yet.

How big? Slightly bigger than Mercedes-Benz C-Class similar to BMW 3 Series.

Weighs to 3,494 lbs.

Trunk is cubic feet.

Turning diameter, 36.1 ft.

What it go? CLA 250 has 2-liter turbocharged four-cylinder 208 hp at 5,500 rpm, 258 lbs.-ft. of at 1,250 rpm.

CLA 45 AMG has 2-liter four rated 335 hp at 6,000, 332 at 2,250.

Both use seven-speed with comfort, sport and modes, and driver-selected eco setting triggers the automatic stop/start.

How CLA 250 FWD rated 26 mpg in the city, 38 on the highway, 30 in city/highway use. Other not yet rated.

One CLA 250 test car registered mpg (3.15 gallons per 100 miles) in 126 of slow, hilly two-lane, two- and four-lane, and freeway.

CLA 250 test car notched 22 mpg (4.55 mi.) in stop/go crawling Washington, D.C. and environs, to 32.7 mpg (3.06 gal./100 when highway distance was in.

Overall, that car showed mpg (3.37 gal./100 mi.) 99-mile jaunt.

CLA 45 AMG registered 25 mpg (4 mi.) in 114 mi. of suburban and highway

CLA 250 tank holds 13.2 AMG holds 14.8. Both premium. M-B says short-term use of won’t damage engine but cut power and mileage.

Overall: looking, hard riding, the Mercedes-Benz rich feel.


Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series
Mercedes-Benz A 200 AT Special Series

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