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Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series

Test drive: Mercedes-Benz AMG


Mercedes-Benz needs to its small-car strategy. Either or it better hope other automakers follow the 2014 AMG’s pricing like off a cliff.

The CLA45 AMG is remarkably wringing 355 hp and 332 lbs.-ft. of torque a 2.0-liter engine. Generating power from a street-legal 2.0 have been inconceivable years ago — and the CLA45 it while achieving an EPA rating of 23 mpg 31 highway and 26 combined.

The CLA45’s and fuel economy both top such as BMW 335i, Buick Turbo, Cadillac ATS and Lexus IS

But aside from that output and admirable fuel I have a hard time any criteria that place the car the leading $50,000 to $60,000 sedans.

The CLA45 is the high-performance version of new CLA compact coupe. It has a hand-built and upgraded suspension, brakes and dual-clutch automatic transmission. is standard, as are a new grille and other tweaks to tell the world it from Mercedes’ AMG tuning

The CLA45 hopes to compete small, sporty cars the BMW 2 Series and 3 Series, Verano ATS, Lexus IS and Mini Audi’s 300-horsepower S3 compact will join the pack it goes on sale shortly.

AMG prices start at $48,375 shipping. My test car featured sport seats, an iPod Harman/Kardon audio, navigation, a big backup camera and other

Its sticker price came in at with shipping, a jaw-dropping for a small sedan that was features such as push-button adaptive cruise control and locks that sense the approach and unlock without the taking a key fob out of pocket or purse and a button. Those features are not just on the luxury cars which the CLA45 compete, but on mainstream models costing far

To understand just how uncompetitive the AMG’s price is, you can get a loaded BMW or Cadillac ATS with a six-cylinder all-wheel-drive, push-button start, cruise control and much for thousands less than the CLA

Even the much bigger, and more powerful twin-turbo Cadillac CTS Vsport sedan at $100 less: $59,995 shipping.

None of those cars the CLA45 AMG’s EPA fuel rating, but they all offer more for the money.

The CLA45 is bigger than cars the ATS and 3 Series, but its aggressively curved gives it less passenger than most of its competitors. The rear door openings cause more head than a Metallica tour.

The has plenty of room. My test optional deeply sculpted seats seemed confining at but I quickly got comfortable. The interior are nice enough, but the display for navigation, audio and other sticks up from the dash, a elegant layout than competitors use. The front-seat power outlet in my test car did not

The CLA45 is at its best hammering the road. The steering is sharp and and the suspension keeps the little firmly planted. The ride is over bumps, though, and the tone sounds a bit ragged, like a tuned Subaru one of the legendary AMG engines.

If Mercedes had as much passion and creativity on the of the car as it did on the drivetrain, the CLA45 AMG might be truly special. Unfortunately, it the product planning department the rest of day off after engineering the hood. When Mercedes the rest of the car to its engine’s level, be time to take the CLA45 AMG

Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series


What . All-wheel-drive, 4-door, compact sedan.

Where: at Kecskemet, Hungary.

How much . AMG: $48,375, including Price as tested: $60,095 shipping.

What makes it go: turbo 16-valve DOHC putting out 355 hp at 6,000 rpm; 332 of torque at 2,250 to 5,000 Mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch

How big . A little bigger outside, not so than a BMW 3 Series sedan or ATS. 184.7 inches 70.0 in. wide, 55.7 high with 106.3 in. Weighs 3,464 lbs.

How EPA-rated 23 mpg city, 31 highway, 26 Premium gasoline specified.

A great powertrain all-wheel-drive; economy would have to the price and lack of common features and refinement for buyers to

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Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series
Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series
Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series
Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Special Series


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