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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG

Vehicle style: Premium small sedan

Price:

Engine/transmission: 265kW/450Nm 2.0 turbo | 7spd DCT auto

Fuel listed: 7.0 l/100km | tested: l/100km

Like its mad-hat the A 45 AMG hatch. the CLA 45 AMG is ferocious on road.

Not even close. it’s

It’s also stuck glue, really smart fully kitted, and, at noise, makes an intoxicating crackle when spearing the shifts.

Mercedes Benz do half-measures. Its new CLA 45 AMG is absolutely the full

Under the bonnet is the most series-production four-cylinder turbo in the world. And that engine is cloaked in the panels of the world’s aerodynamic production vehicle”.

So, all-wheel-drive, 265kW and 450Nm to be unleashed, launch control and a twin-clutch transmission poised the fingertips, what is there not to about the CLA 45 AMG?

Quality: in a car as ‘out there’ as the CLA 45 AMG, is a sense of understatement to a Mercedes

It’s not burdened by fussy or extravagant detail, but there is no the feel of quality or of style and taste.

There are some retro touches to the CLA like the air-vents and flat galvanised panel and throughout the fit and finish is as you’d expect.

The red-cut with red panel highlights great; the leather is flawless and touches like the solid AMG monogram in the seat-backs (and sill plates) add a sense of

Comfort: With deep and a beautifully sculpted back, the heated front seats are and padded just right for driving.

Similarly, the flat-bottomed and rake adjustable wheel is right and feels great in the

The only compromise to comfort is the screen which sits a too close to the forehead, and the rake of the roofline which compromises headroom.

The slope of the roof impedes access to the rear for passengers (but legroom is generous).

Equipment: There is no of equipment and premium features any in the CLA range. The 45 AMG adds a host of sports features like AMG performance steering wheel in and Alcantara, striking red seat-belts and AMG cluster, among others.

It comes with parking parking sensors, reversing intelligent light system, AMG exhaust and AMG drivers’ package, glass, panoramic sunroof, APS online system and cracking Kardon Logic7 audio DAB+ digital radio.

features also include HDD Bluetooth with audio iPod and iPhone integration, and USB interface, rain-sensing wipers, climate control and a host

Storage: The wide-opening boot a deep, flat storage with 341 litres of cargo The rear seats split-fold for items and there are tie-down and netted side-pockets for smaller

Inside, there are ample front and rear, a good-sized (mostly filled with the owner’s manual and service and lidded console.

Driveability: are scant few sedans that even come close to the CLA 45 AMG around a mountain road.

also have go a long way and a frightening amount of money to another ‘family sedan’ will out-blast it away the line.

With those and 450Nm in full-song, and ‘racestart’ control activated, it will to 100km/h in just 4.6 seconds. like its hatch bro’.)

the long aquiline bonnet is a turbo hanging off the side of a 1991cc DOHC ‘four’.

undersquare (83mm bore and …), it’s perfectly to rev to the limiter, but does its best from 4500rpm-5500rpm.

The turbo a frightening 1.8bar (or 26.1psi) like that worried engineers not so long ago but Mercedes is confident of its durability and longevity.

At any it pulls like a train not the slightest suggestion of turbo

With a seven-speed twin-clutch Speedshift DCT) under the you don’t need to wring the neck to find the fastest times.

Better, in fact, to use the of torque and the lightning-quick shifts.

are three primary selectable modes, Comfort, Sport and (and an eco mode, which the stop/start function, for city

I prefer Sport as the default as it provides the bullet-fast shifts of but allows paddle shifting via M mode’ should you want to things along.

There is RACESTART launch control in our earlier A45 AMG Track Review) if you want to monster the neighbourhood in daily departure to the desk.

Though the exhaust note of the lacks the fence-flattening whip-crack of the A45 AMG (it’s been toned-down in the it still clears its throat a crackling bark on each

It’s also not as rorty on the

But, like the CLA 200. the astonishing thing with any of the CLA is the absence of wind-noise. A drag of just 0.23Cd is responsible the of any production vehicle.

This sedan, with a long raked glasshouse and ‘duck-arse’ moves incredibly efficiently the air. As far as wind-flutter is concerned, as silent at high speeds as noodling through town.


is a little more tyre-noise in the AMG the CLA 200 — the bigger AMG twin-spoke grey alloys with 235/35 R 19 tyres is responsible

Ride and Handling: In normal conditions, for optimum fuel the CLA 45 AMG defaults to front-wheel-drive.

It’s when you stretch it out that AWD into play, then the AMG 4MATIC all-wheel drive splits the torque between the and rear axles to a ratio of up to percent.

The transition is completely transparent happens in milliseconds). This car is ‘stuck’ to the road and equally well-balanced.

The ESP can be left on, or turned or a ‘sport handling mode’ (that’s the sensible one).

cornering aggressively in sport mode, the ESP applies light intervention on the rear inside creating increased yaw movement to tighten the line.

The result is turn-in and eye-popping cornering

Braking: Although the kerb tips the scales at 1585kg, for a small car, the CLA 45 AMG hauls effortlessly from track

The pedal is weighted just for precision and feel. With callipers up front, single at the rear, and vented, cross-drilled and discs (350mm front and rear), braking performance is good.

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ANCAP rating: Not

Safety features: Mercedes is with passenger safety. features include nine hill-start assist, ABS, assist (detecting driver belt tensioners, blind-spot collision prevention assist combined with Distronic can provide autonomous braking at from as low as 7.0 km/h up to 200km/h), ESP skid control, tyre-pressure and lane keeping among a list of safety technologies.

AND SERVICING

Warranty: Three unlimited kilometres

Service Mercedes Benz does not fixed-price servicing. Service are 25,000km or 12 months, whichever first. Service costs may so consult your dealer.

2014 Lancer Evolution ($68,990 with $3000 Pack) — Like the CLA 45 a four-door four-seat sedan.

The Evo holds a deserved place in the AWD sedan pantheon, but it is now ageing and nearly everywhere by the much expensive 45 AMG.

That the Evo’s 217kW and 366Nm of are not shabby figures, and, a little raw and uncivilised, it’s a great drive. (See Evo )

Subaru WRX STI SPEC-R ($60,990) The bargain buy in this lot, the Sube punches out 221kW and (auto), 407Nm (manual), for a sprint time of 5.2 seconds and 6.0 seconds (AT).

Although eclipsed in this company, it too is a performance sedan with a all its own thanks to its sensational flat-four. WRX reviews )

BMW M135i ($64,900) They don’t get much than this cracking A $20k+ saving over the CLA 45 AMG and figures that as near-as-damn it.

With 235kW and 450Nm, the missile matches the AMG’s and its 4.9 second 0-100km/h sprint is marginally adrift.

Right we’re leaning to the AMG, but the in dollars might tilt us if push came to shove in the (See M135i reviews )

all prices are Manufacturer’s List and do not include dealer delivery or costs.

TMR VERDICT I OVERALL

Drive car, and you won’t be able to get it out of head.

It’s ferociously and stuck like glue, but offers a sensible four and equally sensible comfortable, accommodation.

The way the CLA 45 AMG hooks up and fires out of any at any speed, will also you hooked if you can wrangle a test

It’s those three on the boot and seat backs hold the key to its character and capability: AMG . it comes to sporting sedans, not mucking around.

Through-and-through a car, the CLA 45 AMG is as much a smart coupe as it is a balls-out tarmac Snarling, bad-to-the-bone, it’s all

Pricing (excludes on-road

CLA 200 — $49,900

CLA 200 CDI — (due February)

CLA 250 Sport $63,400 (due April)

CLA 45 AMG $86,900

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