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 a single trim line, the Sport, which boasts an infotainment system that can display your iPhone’s music library, as well as park assist, rain-sensing wipers, Bluetooth and USB connectivity plus 18-inch alloys and artificial leather upholstery,  twin tailpipes, illumination for front door sills, ambient lighting, a 7 inch Media Display and sports seats with integrated headrests.

 

Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake Motability Car

The CLA now has a single engine choice, a 1.6 litre petrol (badged as CLA 180) that produces 120 brake horse power that can propel the Saloon car to 62 miles per hour in a very respectable 9 seconds and offer a claimed combined economy of 51.4 miles per hour as a 6 speed manual or 7 speed twin clutch automatic.

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 ‘Sport’ Saloon or Estate Manual  –  £1649 Advance Payment (£605 wpms) or £2649 as Automatic (£1605 wpms)