MercedesBenz CLA Class drive review Autoweek

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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class drive

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What Is It?

As the Mercedes-Benz C-Class bigger, which it will in the of 2014, room opens up it for a new entry-level Mercedes. That new Mercedes comes to us this as the stylish four-door CLA you see here.

calls it a four-door coupe like its big brother the CLS as well as a of imitators, most notably the Sonata and Elantra. the CLA offers the of a coupe with the practicality of a While other markets get a of drivetrains, we in America will get one and one transmission — a 208-hp 2.0-liter four powering the wheels. Apart from the limited B-Class F-Cell only in California in experimental it has been decades since made a fwd anything.

A 4MATIC all-wheel drive CLA Haldex-style electro-hydraulic multi-plate will arrive in the States in of 2014.

The flowing lines of the are not just nice to look at, used them to produce the coefficient of drag of any production ever — a remarkable in U.S. trim but 0.22 in one version. All that should return fuel mileage above 30 mpg, though won’t be releasing EPA mileage until closer to the car’s

What’s It Like To Drive?

you consider that you could this much money on any of compact and mid-sized sedans foreign and domestic, the value of this well-built and well-equipped Benz becomes clear. loaded it up with safety including Distronic cruise attention assist to keep you the lines, and collision prevention which senses imminent and puts on the brakes.

A new connectivity connects your smart via mbrace2 to efficiently and cheaply numerous apps, from Aha to to Facebook (which it reads to and beyond. The only thing is a convenient place to stow the phone — in our demos it around in the glove box, but says an under-the-armrest connection be on U.S. models.

At 125 mph there is almost no wind and the car is as stable and flat as a freshly kartoffelpuffer. Handling in both and all-wheel drive versions was safe and stable if prone to understeer when pushed While it’s perhaps not by sports- and sporty-car standards, might not have been the goal. Roll, dive and are controlled better than else in the class — and in a few classes. The ride is on the firm but not uncomfortable. It’s more than taut. Europeans get a choice of suspension calibrations but we in the will get only the Sport If it’s not particularly sporty, just means the AMG version, at the New York auto show has more room for improvement.

The front seats lack for with multiple adjustments and of head-, leg- and shoulder The back seats, while adequate for shorter people who necessarily want to see much of the world, are cramped for adults, in headroom. Back seats be perfect for, say, stars who don’t want to be while being chauffered Small price to pay for all that the roofline affords.

Do I Want It?

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Clearly Mercedes are using this car to draw in buyers. With a starting price of just over and a host of connectivity features Y and Z crave, they could You can get the prestige of a Mercedes for the price of a mid-sized sedan. Even it sits on the A-Class platform it and feels like a mid-size Unlike the truncated hatchback of a ago, this entry-level makes no compromises and no excuses.

Mercedes-Benz CLA

On Sale: September

Base $30,825, as tested, approximately

Drivetrain: 208-hp, 258-lb-ft 2.0-liter I-4; seven-speed transmission, front-wheel drive

Weight: TBA

0-60: 6.7 seconds

Fuel Mileage: TBA

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class


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