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Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series

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PREMIUM calls it a compact car offensive. But Mercedes-Benz is going for the jugular.

The new CLA has arrived priced from $50 grand and has placed a silk-lined on the throat of Audi and BMW.

the CLA 200 and the raucous range-topping AMG derivative arrived, but already there is a

This svelte four-door underpinnings with its A-Class and both are dragging new customers three-pointed star showrooms in numbers. Seventy-five per cent of buyers are new to the brandand that extend further with the

Another two derivatives will next year, including a version for $50,400 in February the 250 Sport ($63,400) is scheduled to down in April.

This is the production car in the world. With a drag of 0.23 (anything 0.3 is usually pretty good it helps deliver a whisper cabin.

There is no wind noise, makes the tyre rumble pronounced. However, despite the on the CLA200 and the performance-focused suspension on the it cruises smoothly for a serene

Actually longer than a but with slightly less room, the CLA has a sporty persona, yet it can carry four adults.

lines at the rear impede for those in the back seat and those taller than will find their skimming the roofline. From the vantage point the view is by a small window and a large pillar.

One issue is the dash on the windscreen, especially prominent yellow stitching from the One pack, while the colour looks a bit like a late sticking out from the dash and it is to be folded.

This pairing are two vastly beasts.

The CLA45 is literally an

Using the same vicious turbocharged four-cylinder as the hatch massaged by the magical fingers of an AMG it too is outstanding.

Rally-car-like tunes from the pipes from up and it bangs and crackles with and burbles under acceleration. never get sick of blipping the it doesn’t sound quite as as its hatch brethren.

The CLA45 in front-wheel drive for the majority of the and torque is only sent to the wheels when loss of is detected.

And you’ll want to its mettle — a lot.

It can without much fanfare or but put the hammer down and let the fun begin.

twists and turns are embraced and it monumental effort to lose any

Of course, the entry-level CLA200 is a subdued performer.

Those into this derivative be disappointed though.

Smooth and enough for most drivers, it the call around town and on the In comfort mode acceleration can be restrained, yet, press the mode button and select and a more rapid retort is found.

What do you get?

CLA200 kit incorporates nine 18-inch alloys, man-made trim, active park automatic climate control, spot warning system, sat nav and a camera.

The CLA45 gets the AMG complete with red cut leather can see the colouring within the perforations), exhaust and suspension, lane assist, 19-inch alloys low-profile rubber, radar control and a twin-blade radiator

There are some packages considering on the 200, including the pack for $490 which with black alloys and tinting. Then there’s the AMG which gets the sporty styling, lowered stance and the pack gear for $1490.

Available up until December, is also a special Edition One which gains some sports seats with stitching on the dash and the full AMG get-up.

Running costs


consumption won’t break the the CLA200 will achieve six litres for every 100km the AMG has an official average about one more — but with driving expect more 10L/100km.

It’s backed by a unlimited kilometre warranty. is every 20,000km or 12 months.

While it has coupe proportions, the CLA has a size boot and the rear have a 60-40 split functionality.

Having the gear stalk on the steering column space in the console for two cup holders and useful storage spots.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series

Funky factor

It looks bit the Mercedes-Benz classy coupejust than traditional saloon

Beautiful lines and the big three-pointed up front tick all the right

Mercedes-Benz has set the small car benchmark. It expensive, but the CLA200 is within of many Australian households.

and sexy, it’s a coupe of adoration.

The cacophony of noise emanates from the CLA45 is and to have another AMG available for $100 grand is astounding. It so long ago driving ability this was limited to the likes of and Porsche at quadruple the coin.

your hands on one may take patience but it will be worth the

VITAL STATISTICS

Model: CLA45 AMG.

Details: all-wheel drive performance

Engine: 2.0-litre turbocharged generating maximum power of @ 6000rm and peak torque of @ 2250-5000rpm.

Transmission: Seven-speed automatic.

7.0 litres/100km.

CO2: 161g/km.

0-100kmh in 4.6 seconds; top speed (electronically limited).

Bottom (plus on-roads): $86,900

STATISTICS

Model: Mercedes-Benz

Engine: 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol generating maximum of 115kW @ 5300rpm and peak of 250Nm @ 1250-4000rpm.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AT Special Series

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