2014 MercedesBenz CLA250 review | Digital Trends Reviews

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“Do you like luxury?” Is the that echoes in my head time I climb into the of the Mercedes-Benz CLA.

It’s the posed by Will Farrell to Rudolph in the “Luxury Spy ” sketch Saturday Night Live . slowly saunters up to a bar in a cream-colored – wearing an eye patch – and asks Rudolph, in a lame British “Do you like luxury?”

Although goes onto talk his Jaguar being the “finest in the world,” the connection makes By building the CLA, Mercedes has looked to Generation Y, the “Millennials”, and “Do you like luxury?”

And as a member of the generation, I can say that, “Yes, yes I do.”

Outward statement

no denying that the CLA is a wonderful to behold; it looks like a CLS-Class. Although its size is it has huge presence. Unlike entry-level luxury cars on the the CLA doesn’t fly under the radar.

no denying that the CLA is a wonderful to behold; it looks like a CLS-Class.

Take the Acura ILX, is effectively a Civic in a suit – and a competitor of the CLA. It’s sort of “blah.” If you didn’t for the ILX, you’d never it. Which, to me, sort of misses the of buying an entry-level luxury

Full-bore luxury can blend in, but entry-level can’t. If you’re extra money for a compact car because it’s super or because of the logo on the grille, better as hell notice it you drive around. Otherwise, you as well just get a Volkswagen pocket the $10,000 difference, and it a day.

In this way, the CLA succeeds. I had the opportunity to tool Georgia last week in the CLA and it attention everywhere I went. people asked me what it They knew it was a Mercedes but it was a CLS … but knew it couldn’t be somehow.

my CLA tester was only $35,000, it attention and admiration from So, in this way, it aced my entry-level luxury test.


If you read my review of the AMG. you’ll know I thought its major downfall was the For around $50,000, it just way too cheap.

Imagine my surprise, when I found myself the interior of the CLA250 – after knocked $15,000 off the price.

other cars, I have immediately enamored with an After several miles, I my admiration waning. Eventually rattles, and uncomfortable seating the momentary honeymoon period.

I the CLA for over 600 miles through and found myself growing and more impressed with the as the miles ticked by.

The dash is to behold – especially with the wood trim. I love the infotainment screen and the retro-style air vents. Everything is laid out and feels remarkably sturdy and crafted.

The front seats are into a single piece, a separate headrest. I assumed the seats, although great to at, would leave me sore any extended driving. Impressively, remained comfortable during the plus hours between and Savannah.

The interior is quiet and unquestionably It isn’t just a cheap of a Mercedes interior. It’s a Mercedes interior for cheap. I almost feel bad for folks who buy the 2015 C-Class because be just as nice for a lot more

On the road

Although I love the of the CLA, it’s the front-wheel powertrain configuration that me.

Front-wheel drive Mercs are around the globe. The CLA, marks the first front-driver to reach American soil. So it had to prove itself.

The CLA250 a driver’s car. It’s a car for who want to be driven … someday.

preface my drive opinion by saying that I simply do not front-wheel drive cars.

I there are probably plenty of you who bend over backwards to your MazdaSpeed3 or your VW GTI, saying that better in the snow than it’s simpler, etc.

No how clever the engineering team a front-wheel drive car, never quite the same experience as a rear-wheel drive It’s like cheese. No how clever vegan cheese get, it’ll never be cheese. It’ll always be a

That said; the CLA isn’t cheese. But it’s not full-fat either.

Throttle response the 208 horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter is adequate. The front-drive CLA250 do 0 to 60 mph in 6.9 seconds and the forthcoming (yet to be CLA250 4MATIC with drive will do it in 6.8 seconds.

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Off the the CLA250 feels a bit unsure of It feels like the transaxle – the that routes power to the – doesn’t know what it be doing. The light changes, I on the gas, there’s a bit of hesitation, engages, and the car seems to wiggle a The car doesn’t actually shake but you get sensation that the drivetrain is and hawing, debating how it wants to forward.

I promise, though, the vast, vast majority of will never notice I am talking about. If they no one would buy front wheel And yet, front-drivers sell well.

Once power is to the road, the CLA confidently. It’s not a rocketship – in Sport mode. You can tell Mercedes engineers either it for fuel-efficiency or for smoothness … or perhaps Regardless, if you’re hoping for the power that you’ll in every other Mercedes on in America today, you’ll be

The CLA250 isn’t a driver’s It’s a car for those who aspire to one day the steering wheel and climb the backseat, and pay someone to drive for In this way, too, it has


Looks aside, I was worried about the CLA. I that Mercedes might sold itself short in to appeal to a younger generation, a winning recipe.

And while I my niggling complaints with the if someone is simply looking for a of compact luxury with a big ol’ tri-star on the grille, the CLA is a knockout.

Before I drove the CLA250, luxury never made to me. It always felt like were asking buyers to pay for they ultimately didn’t get. If you can get out of the dealership with a CLA for $37,000, there’s almost no not to get it.

So to sum it all up: Yes, Mr. Farrell, I do like And I also like the CLA250.

Gorgeous and distinctive exterior

Premium interior look and

On-road confidence

Exceptional for price


Not so sure-footed off the

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