Mercedes Benz CLA-Class Review

The Mercedes Benz CLA Class is like a Mercedes in some ways, and very much unlike a Mercedes in others. It has a large boot and four doors, but it’s also small and coupe-like. Yet the brand have been making cars like this for a number of years now, first launching the ‘four-door coupe’ back in 2004, so the new Mercedes Benz CLA Class is no surprise. Let’s take a closer look at what the Mercedes Benz CLA Class offers.

Coupe Power

The Mercedes Benz CLA Class has the same steering, chassis and braking architecture as the A and B-class models, but thanks to a different suspension set-up, this car has a much sportier, more dynamic feel. Moreover, it also comes with torque vectoring and Direct Steering that enhance handling and steering. Engine-wise, the most alluring power plant for a lot of buyers will be the 2.0-litre petrol that can develop 360bhp and comes with the range-topping Mercedes Benz CLA 45 AMG. It also packs a four-wheel drive layout – a very impressive car.

If money is a bit tighter for you, you might have to plump for one of the engines taken from the A and B-Class models, including the base-level 1.8-litre CLA 200CDI diesel that develops 136bhp, and the 2.0-litre Mercedes Benz CLA 250 petrol that develops 211bhp and which can come with 4MATIC 4WD should you want it to. Further up the Mercedes Benz CLA Class range is a 1.6-litre petrol unit that generates 122bhp and which can get to 62mph from rest in 9.3 seconds, and there is also a 2.1-litre diesel power plant that develops 170bhp and which takes just 8.2 seconds to get to 62mph from rest en route to a max speed of 143mph.


One thing you know you’re always going to get from Mercedes is a car that looks the business. Handsome, elegant, sophisticated – it all sounds like a character from The Great Gatsby. The difference with the Mercedes Benz CLA Class is that it’s more compact for a Mercedes, but this doesn’t mean it isn’t a tidily handsome car – it is. But it combines this handsomeness with a sportiness that gives it a purposeful, confident look.

Inside, the cabin isn’t much different to that found in the A-Class, although this is no bad thing. This means buyers will be treated to the nappa leather-trimmed multi-function steering wheel, chrome-trimmed air vents, as well as the 5.8” infotainment screen in the centre of the dash. The back is, naturally, a different proposition to the A-Class, with space much sparser. But coupe buyers already anticipate this, and in any case, boot space is pretty generous, with a massive 470-litres offered up. And if you want more, you can add in the option of Shooting Brake estate.

Facts and Figures

The Mercedes Benz CLA Class price range starts out from around £25,000 and rises to about £42,000, whilst you’ll be able to get hold of a used Mercedes Benz CLA for a little less. There are two trim levels on offer: Sport and AMG Sport, with the latter requiring an extra £2,200 over the former. The CLA 45 AMG sports saloon is the range topper, with an asking price of £42,000. Standard equipment across the range includes auto headlamps, 18 inch alloys, heated power mirrors, a trip computer, air conditioning, as well as sport seats. In terms of efficiency, a lot of effort has been made here to reduce emissions, including the implementation of a start/stop system, low rolling resistance tyres, and a radiator shutter. This means that the base-level CLA 180 returns 50.4mpg and emits just 130g/km of CO2.

Final Thoughts

If you’re looking for a prestigiously badged coupe, it might be a little difficult to find a better one than this. You don’t even need to be a Mercedes fan to want one – and, indeed, Mercedes are targeting this car at people who have never intended to drive a Mercedes in their life. It’s a dynamic, compact car aimed at young people who want to add a bit of elegance and sophistication to their adrenaline-fuelled exploits. Not just that, they’ll also get great standard equipment, plenty of hi-tech, four doors, and a massive boot as well.

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Will Titterington

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