2014 MercedesBenz CLA250 Review Autoblog

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more than a year my test week with the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 from its ball at the 2013 Detroit Show. I had the advantage of a mountain of and diatribes with which to my initial opinion. Conversations colleagues and coworkers netted ideas about the CLA’s demeanor; reading hundreds of posted on Autoblog articles a popular divide about from exterior styling to the of its navigation screen.

Amongst our of editors, the CLA’s ride was perhaps the biggest bone of A survey of reviews across the web a consensus that the car’s runs to the firm side of which nobody here The argued point is whether or not the suspension (abetted by optional wheels, I’m sure) the ride quality entirely.

The springs and dampers are probably ten to percent too firm to be comfortable in driving.

The last of the Michigan snow had just melted I took the CLA’s keys, so the situation around my driving was at its yearly worse. Perfect. I can a pretty rough ride if the is knifelike handling, but in the case of CLA250, which utilizes a suspension made up of MacPherson and double wishbones in front and an four-link solution for the rear, not sure that tradeoff out.

Mercedes engineers created a very firm end with a softer, easier-to-slide probably as a way to imitate a rear-drive from this front-drive And, to their credit, the under all but the highest cornering (where the front pushes is a pretty neutral chassis at The very real downside is the springs and dampers are probably ten to percent too firm to be comfortable in driving, especially on dodgy country roads.

One of our editors called the resulting ride completely unacceptable for a which I can’t quite I think neophytes to the brand test drive the CLA250, on better roads, and not think were getting the short end of the Either way, after a with the thing, I was less about the non-conforming ride than I’d been at

The turbo engine pulls the sedan hard through with naught but the peskiest of torque steer under and full acceleration.

While by its slightly slow-witted seven-speed transmission, reviewers have to look favorably on Mercedes’ turbo four-cylinder engine, as is under the CLA’s hood. out a sturdy 258 pound-feet of torque at 1,250 rpm, the turbo pulls the compact sedan through space, with but the peskiest little of torque under steering and full 208 horsepower is not an impressive figure for the lineup of 2.0Ts around the (especially considering I just a Volvo of identical displacement 302 horsepower), but EPA ratings of 38 miles per on the highway and 26 in the city really The ultra-slippery CLA famously having a coefficient lower than the Model S or Toyota Prius premium fuel slower turbo’d 2.0s from all of its competitors.

Kept to its default mode, the powertrain feels as and responsive as I’d expect a small luxury car; even. Selecting Sport enlivens things considerably, making throttle response sharp. The trans offers a mode, too, but it’s to respond, doesn’t hold the you’ve selected at the engine’s 5,500-rpm redline, and is generally effective than simply the sport programming shift for

That feeling of speed is particularly overwhelming, though, when flinging the Benz in part because the super-quiet is rarely intruded upon by a note from the exhaust. The isn’t meant to be a sports car so as fashionable near-coupe, so I think tuning is probably spot-on for the audience, even if I found it a disappointing.

The CLA suffers mightily Sarah Jessica Parker undeniably striking from angles and in many photos, yet weird in others.

By leaps and over the course of our Detroit coverage, our First Drive and a few reviews, the topic most contested seems to be the CLA’s There are well over a comments on Autoblog CLA-based so I didn’t note each and opinion (I’m currently applications for the position of research but it’s fair to say that is a polarizing design of the highest Succinctly positive remarks I think am in love. are often in hilarious proximity to colorful ­ absolutely vomit and it looks like someone no muscle control designed car being two of my personal favorites.

To me, the CLA mightily from Sarah Parker Syndrome: undeniably from some angles and in photos, yet shockingly weird in Catch either Mercedes or from a …-front vantage, and if like me, you may conclude that feature heads two-sizes too for their bodies. Look and you might change your entirely. The company knows design is confrontational, emotional and young minded, and seems to be pushing the envelope, eager to buyers outside its traditional

I’m much less about the interior of the CLA, though in my tester’s case it was in standard-equipment, MB-Tex pseudo

The same lines that such visual drama on the have a kind of inflating for everything forward of the front handles when glimpsed the wrong angle, like a three-box car that’s been holding its breath. The bluff end with its dinner-plate emblem a very fine line charismatic and cartoonish, and the weirdly downturn of the rear end is harder for me to graceful in any aspect. I suspect the dowdy Mountain Gray paint of my tester successfully down the wilder parts of the as I found myself rather to the design in person. Yet, that doesn’t come in the photoset of the very same Let’s call it camera

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I’m much less about the interior of the CLA, though in my tester’s case it was in standard-equipment, MB-Tex pseudo I’m probably an outlier but this material doesn’t me off at all. The texture isn’t as leather, but it’s soft to the and doesn’t emit any kind of smell, and from what read, it wears better time, with less than the real deal. not as big a consideration if you’re going to rather than buy, but a factor for long-term ownership considering.

The seats themselves are striking, a body-hugging, one-vent design the me of chairs found in a Porsche Tall guys like me love the fact that the are fixed, but they also stand out by making one’s or neck uncomfortable over

Taken as a whole, I think the CLA great design stands out some mildly undesirable

The sweeping dash and forward is equal to the seats in terms of interior design. A grippy, steering wheel draws the eye to a instrument panel, while air vents offer cool to the sleekness of the liquid-silver accent across the dash. I actually the sort of ‘floating’ effect by the high and proud mounting of the screen, too, but understand the reader arguments that it like an aftermarket throw-in. Let me you: it is not mounted to the dash via cup. You can see that the harder plastics in my test car all found about the centerline to the floor have already suffered a few and scratches after just 5,000 miles of life. taken as a whole, I think the CLA great design stands out some mildly undesirable

Which brings me to the question of When the CLA entered the market, of you were stoked at the possibility of the Mercedes club for just Well, round it off at $31k to after the $925 destination fee is in. Of course, my CLA250 had more twelve-grand-worth of options added to its line, as well. Packages Driver Assistance (Distronic blind spot and lane assists), Sport (firmer and 18-inch wheels), Premium sound, heated seats, and Multimedia (COMAND with rear-view camera, DVD player, music storage, and more). costs were all more $2,000 a pop. There was a beautiful panoramic sunroof for and another $1,550 in metallic and bi-xenon lighting. The total of more than $43k over the top, especially that doesn’t include the 4Matic all-wheel-drive, but pick and at your whim and you could a non-poverty-spec Mercedes for around That really does up the brand for a lot of new buyers, as the model’s hot readily illustrate.

Now, if you’re a part of the that’s been fighting and about the CLA for the last year, you also know that has a tasty new A3 that’s sized and to compete head on with the The A3’s opening bid isn’t as with an identical $29,900 a weaker 1.8-liter turbo and front drive, but it catches up with $32,900 asked for a powerful 2.0T and Quattro. pricing between the two new entry-lux is competitive, though Audi’s of desirables includes a design that is far less challenging, for or worse.

Admit it: Deep you’d rather drive a too.

BMW will be a player in segment soon, with a new front-drive 1 Series sedan, but has driven (or even seen) it so it’s hard to say where stack up. Good money price, power and performance be right there with the Some outliers exist as (many pointed out by you all in the comment though none are perfect. would argue its ILX is in this (but its sales and this would argue it isn’t) as Buick of its Verano Turbo. a car I which actually find The much larger Volkswagen CC is a contender here as far as performance, and style are concerned, albeit the same cache you get with gleaming three-pointed star your office parking Admit it: Deep down, rather drive a Mercedes,


Therein lies the real of the CLA250. Unlike the SLS AMG. and C63 AMG that come in for glowing and longing commentary, this is a car many of you could sign a on, probably tomorrow. To make happen, you’d have to to its well-sorted front-drive dynamics, ride, oddly perched screen and chin-heavy styling. get in return a rather flashy luxury car, with a roofline, a pleasant powertrain and strong family pedigree. personal predilections would that a square deal or robbery so let the commentary rage on.

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