Like the original CLA, it seeks to reproduce the design appeal of the bigger CLS four-door coupé at a more affordable price and, using Mercedes’ latest MFA2 platform as a basis, shares engines, cabin architecture, suspension hardware and more with the current A-Class and B-Class.
Unlike the last CLA, the car gets off to the right kind of start by more clearly differentiating itself visually from its hatchback relations and drawing more effective design parallels with the current CLS. But what is there, if anything, beneath the skin to lift the car above the level of an A-Class to drive? Let’s find out.
The Mercedes CLA range at a glance
The CLA range is extensive even after Mercedes UK chose not to include the entry-level 180d diesel and the four-wheel-drive 250 4Matic available elsewhere.
There are three AMG performance versions – counting both tunes of the forthcoming 45 versions, prices for which have yet to be confirmed. A shooting brake bodystyle will cost you £1000 more than a coupé.
Price £36,630 Power 221bhp Torque 258lb ft 0-60mph 6.8sec 30-70mph in fourth 8.2sec Fuel economy 33.6mpg CO2 139g/km 70-0mph 49.2m (damp)