Mercedes CLA

The Mercedes CLA is a four-door coupe and 5 door estate (shooting brake) version of the A-Class hatchback. Rather than looking like an A-Class with a boot, it’s more like a shrunken replica of the stylish Mercedes CLS, and is very much the head turner in its own right. The CLA is a front-wheel-drive, which bucks the long-standing Mercedes tradition of creating cars with a front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout. The CLA is a direct competitor for the understated, yet delightful, Audi A3.

 

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Motability Car side

The CLA is a car to ‘cruise in’ rather than thrash around, even the comfort suspension setting is still a little firm for the British roads, despite this the CLA offers good grip in corners and the steering is progressive and well weighted. Inside there is room for four adults, though the taller occupants may find the headroom a little tight particularly in the rear of the saloon car. Boot space is an ample 470 litres in the saloon and 495 litres in the estate, if ease of access to the boot is an issue then the shooting brake is the car for you as the saloon suffers from a high lip and awkward opening angle.

 

Mercedes CLA Motability Car dash

The CLA comes in two trim lines, the Sport which boasts 18 inch alloy wheels, comfort suspension, a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual), twin exhaust pipes, Parking Pilot, rain-sensing wipers,  Audio20 radio/single CD – 7-inch Media Display, 6 speakers, cruise control, keyless starting, Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and automatic climate control. The AMG Line offers lowered comfort suspension, which lowers the front axle by 20mm. 18 inch AMG 5-twin-spoke alloy wheels, LED High Performance headlamps and AMG bodystyling comprising front apron, rear apron and side skirts. Both trim do not include DAB radio Sat Nav as standard but do provide preparation for the Garmin MapPilot, a pre-loaded SD card that can be purchased from Mercedes for £495 (£50 from third party sellers). DAB is a ridiculous £320 extra.

 

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Motability Car

The CLA has a single petrol choice, a 1.6 litre petrol (badged as CLA 180) that produces 120 brake horse power that can propel the car to 62 miles per hour in a very respectable 9.0 seconds and offer a claimed combined economy of 52.3 miles per hour as a 6 speed manual or 7 speed twin clutch automatic. The two diesel offerings both 2.1 litre in size are badged as 200d (134bhp) and 220d (175bhp). The 200d is avaialble as a manual or auto car which in auto guise can sprint to 62 miles per hour in a respectable 9.0 seconds and return 70.6 miles per gallon. The 220d is automatic only and as a Coupe can be paired to the 4-Matic all wheel drive system in AMG line trim that can hit 62 miles per hour in 7.7 seconds yet return 58.9 miles per gallon.

The CLA 2017 model sports a new bumper (with a silver, black or chrome trim strip) and a black diamond radiator grille, internally the new car has new trim and materials, as well as chrome-plated controls and new dials; the seats are covered in new trims and the display for the infotainment system is slimmer.

 Spring Best Buy – Mercedes CLA 180 1.6 litre 120bhp Petrol or 2.1 diesel 200d ‘Sport’ Coupe or Shooting Brake Manual  –  £1945 Advance Payment (£863 wpms) or £2749 (£1667 wpms) as Automatic

 Spring Best Buy – Mercedes CLA 220d 2.1 litre 175bhp Diesel 4-Matic ‘AMG -Line’ Coupe Automatic  –  £3499 Advance Payment (£2417 wpms)