2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class Review [Video]

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Back in 2004, Mercedes came up with the Four-Door Coupe concept, with the 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class being the fruits of their subsequent loins. The Four-Door Coupe concept was designed to present something a little different in the compact saloon sector. It set out to bring something sportier, yet more elegant, swish, trendier and more purposeful to the table. The 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class Coupe, presented here, is all these things, and moreover is engineered to tap into the idea that consumers are attracted to not just the idea of a sporty compact saloon – they’re also attracted to the iconic Mercedes badge. But what does this so-called classy compact actually offer beyond prestigious heritage and reputation? Let’s take a look.

Front view of 2014 Mercedes CLA Class

2014 Mercedes CLA Class

Different To The C-Class Saloon

There is the Mercedes C-Class Saloon, and then there is the 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class, which is meant to act as an alternative to the saloon. Mercedes are clearly looking to gobble up the compact saloon sector by firing on all fronts. But what does the Mercedes CLA-Class Coupe offer that firstly differentiates it, and secondly, makes it a viable alternative? Well, it’s sportier for a start, with the dynamic styling the immediate cue. It also comes with Direct Steering that makes it sharper and more accurate to drive, as well as torque vectoring that improves handling. Its chassis is the same you’ll find on the A and B-Class, though its suspension set-up is all its own.

A lot of the 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class models share engines taken from the A and B-class models, including the bottom of the range 1.8 litre 200CDI diesel. A popular choice is the 1.5 litre petrol turbo which comes with a 6-speed gearbox and can reach 62mph from rest in 9.3 seconds. If you really want the sporty, thrusting experience that maximises this cars potential, you can take a look at the top of the range CLA 45 AMG variant which comes with a 360bhp turbo 2.0 litre petrol engine.


When we say handsome, we don’t just mean looks alone. All Mercedes are handsome in the popular sense of the term, but they’re also handsome in terms of their refinement, elegance and maturity. The 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class Coupe is no different; despite its sporty look, it retains all the elegance we have come to expect from a Mercedes. With a diamond-shaped grille, diamond-like LED daytime running lights, and a slick bonnet power dome, it has all the typical Mercedes cues. But the Stuttgart manufacturers are nothing if not forward-thinking, and the 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class is their most aerodynamic car so far.

rear view of 2014 Mercedes CLA Class

2014 Mercedes CLA Class

Inside, there are more Mercedes relics, with the interior very much the same as the A-Class – which has an exemplary interior. This means there is a leather-trimmed steering wheel, five chrome-trimmed air vents sprinkled tastefully around the dash, and 5.8” infotainment screen. Remembering that the 2014 Mercedes CLA-Class is a four-door coupe will mean you aren’t too disappointed when you confront the lack of space in the rear. It is compensated somewhat by 470 litres of space in the boot though.

Final Thoughts

The 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class price range starts from £25,000 and has the potential to rise to £42,000, with the purchase of the CLA 45 AMG sports saloon model. But this is a different animal altogether from the one most consumers will plump for, the 180 petrol variant. Typically you can expect to pay between the starting price and £30,000 for this model, the same price also getting you the 220CDI diesel model. Whatever 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class offers you look at, standard specs for all models includes alloy wheels, heated power mirrors, auto headlamps, air conditioning and a trip computer. Running costs are decent, with the 180 petrol variant getting you 50.4mpg, and the 220CDI managing 62.8mpg.

All in all, the 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA-Class Coupe is well worth a go. It combines all the classy Mercedes hallmarks you could expect for a compact saloon with forward-thinking inventiveness and a touch of sporty thrills. Prices are reasonable, and for a car that really does stand out from the crowd in a rather blend segment, that’s something not to ignore.

If you want to get hold of the 2014 Mercedes CLA-Class, don’t hesitate to leave us a message on our contact page, or give us a call on 01903 538835 to find out more about our Mercedes CLA-Class lease and Mercedes CLA-Class finance deals.

Will Titterington
  • 4th December 2014

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