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Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA proves less is more (of a

The new CLA sedan is the cheapest model in the lineup, and the CLA45 AMG is the most model from Mercedes’ division. With a starting under $30-grand, the CLA works with less – adding power and tons of options blunts the bargain side of equation.

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The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 that extra power always make for a better

Auto journalists, myself are usually pretty power – at least when it comes to driving the hottest new cars and

That’s why it came as a shock after two days behind-the-wheel of the Mercedes-Benz CLA, it was the most version that impressed me of all.

While the 355-horsepower AMG has more grunt, its $48,375 price pits it against potent luxury sedans the likes of BMW, Lexus, and, believe it or not, Mercedes’ own stable of vehicles.

Mercedes likes to point out the is the least expensive AMG product available. That’s fine, we get the AMG badge carries a lot of weight car enthusiasts. Then again, the and, arguably, more 2014 Mercedes C350 sedan carries a base of $42,100.

The standard CLA250, on the hand, is heavily promoted by as being the least expensive in the German automaker’s U.S. Keep in mind, the $29,900 is a little misleading, since it include destination charge.

But a few carefully chosen options – and all the taxes and fees factored the price – the Mercedes-Benz CLA remains a deal, and a good point of into the world of Mercedes

Just be sure to test one first, because this is far your average Mercedes

Mercedes-Benz The CLA is definitely an attention-grabbing sedan. You do sacrifice some in the rear seat for those coupe-like lines, however.

For you sit much lower than you expect – so low, in fact, I kept trying to adjust the seat for a higher viewpoint. The is also much firmer any mainstream Mercedes products recently driven.

If you could a stately C-Class with a Mitsubishi Evo sports sedan, the end would be very close to the That’s not meant as side-swipe the CLA – though I expect Mercedes will be fuming at this

The base CLA250 is powered by a 4-cylinder engine that 208-horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque 1,250 to 4,000 rpm. On the the power feels stronger those numbers suggest. quotes a 0-60 mph time of 6.9

This engine works with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission – the only gearbox in the CLA – and, importantly, it’s quieter than the heavily version of this 4-cylinder used in the CLA45 AMG.

At a steady cruise on the highway, the AMG hummed and buzzed like a jet – and trust me, that drone old very, very quickly. Get a on, however, and the AMG’s exhaust alive as it grumbles and snorts accelerating hard, or braking into corners.

Yet for the vast of luxury sedan buyers, the CLA250 that makes sense.

Mercedes-Benz Don’t get us 355-hp in a small sedan is a lot of fun! But when you factor in all the luxury sedans out there, the to be paid for the CLA45 AMG doesn’t add up.

Fuel mileage is estimated at in the city and 38-mpg on the highway. is taken care of with a range of standard features, a total of 10 airbags, adaptive and a warning system when the sensors detect the driver is Options include blind assist, a lane departure system, rear view and active parking assist.


The CLA’s cabin has taken hits for lacking the high-end of other Mercedes products. it’s true, there are low-rent plastics used and there, the overall layout and feels suitably classy.

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it’s only a matter of until Mercedes dealerships get with repairs to the upright mounted in the middle of the dash. It exactly like a removable computer – but believe me, it’s to stay in place.

One glaring issue is the fitment of the interior panels. For some reason, just don’t seem to There are massive gaps you can actually see the car’s painted lurking behind the plastic. a very strange oversight and that, once you notice it, you crazy.

It’s hard to argue the isn’t awfully alluring, And that’s probably what draw many people a Mercedes-Benz dealership for the first The CLA borrows the en vogue sedan-in-coupe-clothing – and in my opinion, it works very on the smaller frame of the CLA.

it doesn’t do much for rear or legroom – both are pretty especially with four adults onboard – many will sacrifice some for more fashionable sheet-metal.

We like the overall look of the even if there are some plastics here and there. The center screen is handy, we’re guessing a lot of people are to mistake it for a removable tablet

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a statement kind of after all. And in this a bigger engine (and base price) only to dilute that message.

Vital Stats: 2014 CLA250 sedan: $29.900 destination charge)

Drivetrain: 208-hp 4-cylinder gasoline

EPA Fuel Economy (estimated): 26 38 highway mpg

Major Competitors: ATS, BMW 3-Series, Acura Volkswagen CC

Final Thought: it basic and the CLA250 is a solid to Mercedes-Benz ownership. Too many only bumps the price dangerous territory where more desirable cars Mercedes’ own C-Class models) are deals.

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