2013 MercedesBenz CLA 200 Review | Reviews | Prices | Australian…

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Review


Hot: Sharp looks, with Edition 1 package.

$49,900 (plus on-roads), as-tested.

Engine/trans: 115kW/250Nm turbo petrol | 7sp twin-clutch

Fuel Economy claimed: 5.7 | tested: 8.7 l/100km


grand. That’s an expensive

But we’re not talking about We’re examining Mercedes-Benz’s CLA and nine thousand dollars is its over the mechanically similar A 200 .

Some, for sure, will the value. After all, the is identical to the A 200 and so is the front-end styling not to mention all interior furniture of the B-pillar.

But then again, the CLA is has a sleeker silhouette thanks to its roofline and frameless doors, and natch — has a sizable

It’s still quite a lot of to pay for a dash of extra style and

So what is the CLA. Stylish, it is, but certainly more than a accessory. For a start, it’s a car to drive even with the 1.6 litre engine.

But there are some compromises, so dive in.

Quality: The entirety of the centre console and front are shared with the A-Class. the CLA is the cheapest Mercedes-Benz sedan on the it doesn’t quite match up to the quality of the C-Class .

But not by any measure it feel cheap. In fact, the quality concerns we had were the sloppy-feeling air vent gimbals everything else feels smart.

Our car’s Edition 1 takes things up a notch, a dashboard upholstered in artificial ribbed microfibre seat and alloy-look dash trim.

neat touches are the ambient hidden in each headrest, as as the black headliner and silver

Comfort: The electrically-adjusted seats of the 1 are great. They hug the body and great upper torso but not so tightly that it’s

It’s spacious for a ‘small’ Despite sitting beneath the in Benz’s hierarchy, the CLA actually a slightly larger footprint.

by virtue of its transverse engine it actually has more cabin

The result is a good amount of legroom, and enough width to three passengers in the back a little bit of squeezing.

However, rear headroom is Though this scribe in at just 5’8” (a lover, not a my head was always in contact the headlining when sitting in the

But, on the plus side, are rear air-vents as standard and under-thigh support for rear They’ll be comfortable, just as as they aren’t tall.

In standard form, the CLA 200 comes dusk-sensing bi-xenon headlamps, climate control, a simplified navigation unit, blind-spot cruise control and Bluetooth connectivity.

The Edition 1 package powered and heated front a lowered AMG-tuned sports 18-inch wheels, leather/alcantara upholstery, leather dash and the bodykit from the CLA 45 AMG.

Our car was optioned with a Harmon premium stereo and the Comand system, which brings a screen and a less aftermarket-looking

Storage: Small car, boot? Not with the CLA 200. in at 470 litres, the CLA’s boot is 130 litres larger than of Benz’s own C-Class.

With a split rear seat and ski-port, the CLA is also surprisingly when it comes to carrying

Driveability: With 115kW and the CLA 200’s outputs are modest for a car.

It’s not helped by the engine system that favours economy over zippiness. the accelerator is given a good the CLA 200 can feel lethargic at times.

But the button to select ‘Sport’ and the CLA perks up. The throttle is sharper to the engine more eager to rev and the doesn’t instantly reach for the possible gear.

You’ve got manual control of gear via a pair of steering wheel In Sport mode, when hard, the CLA 200’s 1.6 litre a lot more responsive.

Refinement: not the quietest Mercedes cabin thanks to some tyre and engine noise intrusion, but certainly a pleasant place to some highway hours.

noise is as good as totally and mechanical harshness and vibration, when accelerating hard, is an issue.

Ride and Handling: The suspension that comes the Edition 1 package is a dynamic It makes the CLA quite a feisty machine when shown a of bends.

It corners flatly, the Continentals grip the road and the taut suspension feels well-honed. Turn-in is also sharp, aided by the variable-ratio rack.

The trade-off is a more brittle on suburban roads, but then there’s always the standard tune if you crave more

Braking: No issues here. The 1 package adds cross-drilled rotors to the CLA 200’s all-disc package, and the CLA pulled up smartly time.

ANCAP rating: 5/5 — this model 36.16 out of 37 possible points.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series

features: ABS, EBD, assist, traction control and control are all standard, as is a blind-spot and Mercedes-Benz’s Pre-Safe collision system.

Occupants are protected by seatbelts on all seats, as well as airbags (front, front rear side, full-length driver’s knee).


Warranty: Three years, kilometres.

Service costs: intervals are set for every 25,000km or 12 whichever occurs first. can vary, so consult your Mercedes-Benz dealer before

It’s difficult to line the CLA up a competitor, reason being there aren’t any right

Audi’s A3 sedan range launch in a month’s time and the CLA with a direct rival. then, the CLA has the small luxury market all to itself. However that A3 sedan arrives, the CLA 200 have quite a fight on its

Audi A3 1.8 TFSI quattro ($47,800) — Over $2k yet also boasting an enhanced of equipment that includes all-wheel drive.

When it in late January, the A3 1.8TFSI will also boast and 250Nm. Torque is identical, but is 17kW over that of the CLA turbo 1.6.

If our experience of the A3 hatch range is anything to go by, the A3 will be a more-than-worthy competitor for the (see A3 reviews )

Note: all are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not dealer delivery or on-road


I opened review with a question on On price alone, because so much more expensive $9k, in fact — hard to recommend the CLA over the A-Class hatch .

Not only the A-Class drive, ride and the same as the CLA, but it’s got more rear headroom.

But the CLA is about value than it is style. If you think that the lacks some visual or a hatchback isn’t for you, take a look at the CLA.

up against the more expensive arguably better driving) the CLA wins on rear legroom and space, if not head room.

Will the CLA charm its way into driveway? We hate using phrase, but “it depends”.

It on whether you regularly carry than one adult passenger. It if you prefer the CLA’s swoopy over the A-Class’s truncated layout.

And considering the CLA 200 costs the as the A 250 Sport. it also depends on you’re willing to sacrifice a lot of power for the sake of sedan and a bigger boot.

The choice is but, though this is a appealing car, our money be heading toward the A 250.

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