Carzone ie New Car Reviews MercedesBenz CLA 220 CDI AMG Sport 2013

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Mercedes-Benz CLA saloon 220 CDI AMG Sport

Our Rating 4 / 5

Mercedes-Benz shrinks the coupé

Overall rating: 4/5

It may an odd move aiming directly for the leading BMW 3 Series, but that is what Mercedes-Benz needs to do if it is to buyers away from its rival. While the new CLA cannot to the BMW in dynamic terms it is more a match for it in the looks department. The is a little stiff though and a good case for opting for the suspension across the range, but will likely ignore the first time they a glimpse of the car in a passing window.

style: four-door coupé-cum-saloon

Audi A5 Sportback, BMW 3 Series, CC

CO 2 emissions: 117g/km (Band A4, per annum)

Economy: 62.7mpg (4.5

Top speed: 216km/h

0-100km/h: 8.2

Power: 170hp at 3,400- to

Torque: 350Nm at 1,400- to

In the Metal: 5/5

Mercedes-Benz effectively the modern day ‘four-door coupé’ the original CLS and the hope is that the CLA can that success in a miniaturised While it may look a lot like the coupé the CLA actually shares its with the A-Class hatchback and MPV. Over a foot than the hatchback, it offers a practical boot and a better design to our eyes, but at the detriment of headroom. There isn’t a surfeit of legroom back either.

Not that you will be about the comfort of your when you catch a glimpse of the CLA in a window. It truly is a sensational car, especially in the AMG Sport of our test model. Mercedes is proud that the body has the drag coefficient of any car in its class but will unlikely tempt into the showrooms. Instead it is the roofline, bulging bonnet and rear end that will them in. Once inside car, not the dealership) buyers are to be disappointed either. While the is cramped the high quality of the A-Class has been carried lending the CLA a premium feel. Our AMG model featured a leather steering wheel, ‘Comfort’ and an optional panoramic sunroof, but we did get a to poke around an entry-level car and impressed with the standard too. The entry-level model is a bit on the equipment front but nobody a bare-bones Mercedes, right?

Driving it: 3/5

When drove the A-Class we commented on its being too stiff for Irish In chasing Audi A3 and BMW 1 Series Mercedes-Benz went too sporty the premium hatchback crashes bumps. Unfortunately it is the same with the CLA; over well-travelled Wicklow routes it around where other in the class would not. may have been due to the AMG Sport of our test car (it features low profile after all) and we await a in a regular car to compare.

That said, the CLA is not a car designed for up mountain roads; instead it is for along Hollywood Boulevard (or the Irish equivalent is) and it is here it makes most sense. 170hp and 350Nm of torque the diesel has more than oomph for nipping in and out of traffic providing you do not work it too hard, an acceptable noise while so. Only when pushed the engine give up a characteristic clatter that is unbecoming of a sporty looking car.

the stiff suspension is unsuited to roads it works well on the where it soaks up the kilometres, you to relax in a well-insulated cabin. it comes time to change that is; like the majority of sold in Ireland our test car an automatic transmission (7G-Tronic to be which frustrates in its slowness to and jerkiness when it finally so. Switching between Efficiency, or Manual (via a button on the does not seem to rectify the either. It’s fine at slow speeds, oddly.

What you get for your Money: 4/5

is hoping that the CLA will new buyers to the brand and has pitched it against what it sees as the biggest rival, namely the BMW 3 At launch the CLA will be offered in 1.6-litre CLA 180 BE petrol model (€29,900) or the 2.2-litre CLA 220 CDI diesel we tested that starts €39,000. These will be later in the year by a CLA 200 CDI diesel at €34,900 and a CLA 180 CDI that is set to arrive in 2014 with prices from €32,250. Trim will mirror those of the launched A-Class with cars equipped with wheels, sports seats and steering wheel as standard. trim (likely to be the top seller in adds lowered sports larger alloys, a leather wheel and redesigned grille. The topping AMG Sport increases with larger brake a perforated leather steering AMG alloys and a diamond grille on the full-blooded AMG 45 model.

The CLA is part of a new generation of compact from Mercedes-Benz and just one of ten new — all without predecessors that will arrive in over the next four Mercedes is stretching beyond its customer base and hoping to younger buyers to the brand; who have historically veered BMW and Audi. The CLA will in time be by an A-Class-based SUV (likely to be called the GLA) that will do with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3 in the premium of the market.

While the BMW 3 Series is likely to the car for the keen driver (and also much more it faces stiff competition in the and indeed kerbside appeal from this new Mercedes. On alone the CLA has the competition trumped. But a car is than looks; while the offers strong performance and fuel economy the suspension, on example at least, is too stiff for roads. There’s potential down the line-up though.

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