MercedesBenz CLA review sexy and attainable yet bristling with…

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series


Yes, this that Mercs missing the AMG badge are no longer reserved for folks who emit muffled when getting up from diamond-encrusted sofas. Now a new generation of still relatively well-heeled) customers can realistically aspire to the star.

How has the Daimler-owned manufacturer to achieve this? Well, made the CLA quite compact, attainable and exceptionally sexy, also cramming it full of And since it’s the sort of that gets us hot under the here at Motorburn, we’ll with and focus on the latter.

into the Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDI’s trimmed cabin and your are immediately drawn to the freestanding screen perched above the console.

Finished in piano and with a flush-fitting silver it does a fine job of mimicking a although its placement does across as more “afterthought” “integrated”. That said, the that the screen is raised the dashboard makes it far easier to preventing the driver’s eyes straying too far from the road.

The I tested boasted the optional Online system, which a six-disc DVD changer, six loudspeakers, TFT colour display, full SD memory card slot, 80G disc, 10G music storage, and connectivity. Phew, that’s a The system is manipulated via a controller on the centre console – the interface a little getting used to, but with even a passing in tech will soon it up. A cable kit (iPod/USB/AUX) and connector are away neatly in the centre storage unit, allowing for the up of all manner of portable media

Once your phone is via Bluetooth – a quick and painless – it’s possible to access a internet browser and a number of (such as weather, Google View and Facebook). There are voice-operated controls for audio, and navigation functions. But it’s the that impressed me most, accurate real-time traffic allowing me to swiftly dodge sudden congestion up ahead. It provides audible warnings can be deactivated) each time the approaches high-risk areas as railway crossings.

Interestingly, two of the most fascinating safety systems come standard, of the model you buy. First up is Prevention Assist, a radar-based that works with the Brake Assist to protect the from potential collisions 7km/h. It serves to warn the with visual and acoustic when potential obstacles are Braking assistance is initiated as as the driver steps hard on the with the system calculating the braking force required to an accident. Smart stuff, in a compact car.

Then there’s Attention a standard feature that a warning when typical of drowsiness are detected. Sensors the driver’s behaviour and can recognise or inattentiveness. Of course, should go badly wrong, an electronic program, emergency brake acceleration skid control, brakes, and a full suite of are included.

If you’re prepared to out for optional extras, Adaptive Assist, Blind Spot Lane Keeping Assist, and Plus – an adaptive cruise system that pretty takes care of itself speeds of zero and 200km/h – are available. Active Parking and a reversing camera (with mode for trailer coupling) are offered for fat-walleted fans of aids.

The front seats are comfortable, and optionally feature a function, electric adjustment a smart set of buttons mounted on the trim), and four-way adjustable support.

The CLA 220 CDI — which is a similar size to the C-Class — comes standard a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, than a manual gearbox. the gear selector takes the of a steering column lever than a console-mounted stick. along with the positioning of the parking brake (which is on the dash between the steering and the driver’s door), this in the freeing up of loads of space the front seats. It necessitates a bit of an mind-set change, but it’s rather effective.

The self-shifting has three modes: Economy, and Manual. The first is the default and obviously concentrates on efficiency, but manages to provide more enough oomph for everyday Sport mode sees the lurch awkwardly at low speeds, but into its own when you push on – are quicker and take place close to redline. Manual moves the gear-changing responsibilities to the although this soon its novelty due to the short rev-range of the engine.

Speaking of oil-burners, the doing duty under the CLA 220 sculpted bonnet is good for and – more importantly – 350Nm as low as 1400rpm all the way through to 3400rpm. delicious chunk of low-down means the 2143cc turbocharged seldom has to strain, and it’s to see the front-wheel drive sedan from standstill to 100km/h in an 8.2 seconds.

Of course, most diesel tend to favour economy outright pace, and the 220 CDI is no different. to the German automaker, it can return a fuel economy as low as 4.2 litres per – although my real-world figure a week and a few hundred kilometres the air-con always blasting) was a 6.4. CO2 emissions, meanwhile, are at 117g/km.

It may be frugal, but with the AMG equipment line – which contrasting stitching to the leather-swathed a twin-pipe exhaust system, a radiator grille, AMG 18-inch high-sheen wheels, and an angry AMG kit – the CLA certainly looks quick. specifying this equipment means that you also to live with the sports and a lowered ride height.

In terms, this is great. But in it — along with the low-profile wrapped about those AMG alloys — results in a decidedly ride. Yes, over surfaces (virtually all roads, at low speeds, the ride is particularly This is something that likely put off older potential or see them spec the “comfort” which in turn deletes of the CLA’s visual appeal.

But, boy, does it visual appeal. The CLA – with its doors and sloping roofline – CLS-like lines, and is unquestionably one of best-looking offerings, particularly the AMG styling kit. It’s an design, too, with the shape boasting a drag of just 0.23 (or 0.22 for the 180 CDI Efficiency) — one of the lowest figures returned by a mass production car .

there is a price to pay for that roofline: headroom in the rear is at best, and leg room isn’t generous either. It’s useable, but passengers taller average wouldn’t enjoy longer than a five-minute back there. The luggage though, is substantial, and capable of a maximum of 470 litres.

Verdict . The Mercedes-Benz CLA 220 CDI employs the pick of the range’s engines – bar the 2.0-litre turbo petrol in the CLA 45 AMG – and is an stunning piece of automotive It is also fairly well as standard (especially on the safety and there’s plenty of scope to add gadgets should your allow. However, it is let down by its ride, particularly with the chassis specified. Should be enough to put you off? Well, enough, that may depend on age. Mercedes is likely on the fact that young will be happy to compromise on quality – and I think they may be right. Not quite a bulls-eye, but close.

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