First drive MercedesBenz CLA | Car Reviews | by Car Enthusiast

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series

Mercedes-Benz’s quest for ever volume sees the A-Class grow to include the CLA — describing this new niche as the CLS’s smaller sibling.


Model tested: Mercedes-Benz CLA 200

from Ј24,355

Engine: four-cylinder turbocharged petrol

front-wheel drive, six-speed

Body style: four-door

CO 2 emissions: 117g/km

Combined 51.4mpg

Top speed: 155mph

0-62mph: 8.6 seconds

Power: at 5,300rpm

Torque: 250Nm at 1,250- to

In the Metal:

Mercedes-Benz’s niche continues apace, as it launches a four-door coupй based on the underpinnings. Creating a lithe, detailed four-door model the same wheelbase and track, design team has done a job. It’s a looker the more so in AMG Sport trim, features deeper front air lower side skirts, alloys and a drop in ride Add the pin-chromed grille and some details and the CLA looks sensational for a car — in AMG Sport guise starts at Ј26,555.

Inside its A-Class roots are the CLA’s interior shared in its with its hatchback relation. no bad thing, either, as the A-Class offers the finest and most designed interior in the current line-up. It’s a bit tight in the seats, as you might expect, the boot is capacious, with its only five litres than a C-Class saloon’s.


Anything that looks good is going to have to be special to live up to the promise of its Sadly the CLA doesn’t; it’s engaging nor exciting, being competent rather than The 1.6-litre turbocharged engine smoothly enough, and the six-speed gearbox has a decent shift and precision, but the entire package is let by steering that offers feel and inconsistent weighting. If a real weak link in the driving make-up though the ride quality, Mercedes-Benz it with two suspension set ups — and Sport. Comfort is at the firmer end of the of what you might imagine it to be; firm, if not entirely unyielding, larger bumps and lumps in the do upset the car’s composure and control.

The Sport option only this, arguably making the car than its Comfort suspended Add larger alloy wheels to the — as many customers will do for their enhanced — and that’s only to create greater problems. a shame, as grip levels are the CLA showing potential as a driver’s though ultimately it’ll be to deliver it — at least on resembling the pockmarked tarmac makes up the majority of UK roads.

What you get for your Money:

with a radar-based collision system, a high airbag and stability and traction control the CLA with Mercedes-Benz’s driver monitoring Attention Assist. the usual lengthy list of aids there’s a fairly specification. Two trims are offered, and AMG Sport, the former rather fitted with Comfort In addition to that Sport come with sports cruise control, dual-zone control, 18-inch alloy and a 5.8-inch colour central with USB connectivity. AMG Sport some desirable styling inside and out, though is only offered with the Sport suspension set-up.

Worth Noting

The CLA is the world’s slippery production car, a Cd (Coefficient of drag) figure of 0.23 on the standard cars and 0.22 on the forthcoming BlueEfficiency That wind-cheating shape not helps the CLA produce highly economy and emissions figures, but wind-tunnel honing has also Mercedes-Benz try to eliminate ‘soiling’ road grime on mirrors, and lights.

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