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.

Key

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 roots are obvious, the CLA’s shared in its entirety with its relation. That’s no bad thing, as the A-Class arguably offers the and most cohesively designed in the current Mercedes-Benz line-up. a bit tight in the back seats, as you expect, though the boot is with its capacity only litres less than a saloon’s.

Driving it:

Anything that this good is going to to be pretty special to live up to the of its styling. Sadly the CLA doesn’t; neither engaging nor exciting, largely competent rather exceptional. The 1.6-litre turbocharged pulls smoothly enough, and the manual gearbox has a decent quality and precision, but the entire is let down by steering that little feel and inconsistent If there’s a real weak in the CLA’s driving make-up it’s the ride quality, offering it with two suspension set ups Comfort and Sport. Comfort is at the end of the scale of what you might it to be; it’s firm, if not entirely though larger bumps and in the road do upset the car’s and wheel 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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