Things You Ought to Know about the Mercedes-Benz CLA

Discover the main features of the stylish Mercedes CLA; their compact saloon.

 
Mercedes-Benz is a company that loves to fill a niche. So it took its ever-popular A-Class and stretched it to create the CLA - a compact saloon with swooping, coupe-like looks. Those after a more dynamic-looking option to the A-Class have found it to be spot-on, while the level of technology on offer is just the same as you’d find in the A-Class too.
 
Let’s take a little look at it in more detail. 
 
It’s far more dramatic than the A-Class
 
If it’s more presence you’re after, then the CLA will be right up your street. It’s been styled to evoke a more coupe-like look, with a low, tapered roofline and a strong front end. The ‘nose’ of the car is similar to that you’ll find on the A-Class, but it appears more striking in the metal. 
 
Around the back, it’s a similar story thanks to ultra-sharp LED lights and chrome exhaust finishers. 
 
There’s loads of technology on board
 
Just like the regular A-Class there’s a wealth of technology to make the most of inside the CLA. It’s all formed around a wide central screen, which is made up of two separate displays housed underneath one piece of glass to create a wraparound effect.
 
It’s great to use too, with simple controls and easy-to-read graphics ensuring that you’ll be up to speed in no time. 
 
Plug-in hybrid models are available 
 
If you’re after lower running costs, then the plug-in hybrid CLA variant will no doubt fit the bill. It combines a 1.3-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor and batteries, enabling up to 44 miles of electric-only power - a real bonus for urban drivers and those undertaking shorter commutes. 
 
Plus, keep the batteries topped up and you could see economy figures as high as 202mpg. 
 
Powerful AMG versions are there to choose from
 
However, if you’ve got a little more need for speed then the AMG versions will see you right. Both the CLA35 and CLA45 use a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, but the latter brings the most performance thanks to 415bhp enabling a 0-60mph time of under four seconds. 
 
Both models bring plenty of punch and should make every journey truly exciting. 
 
A Shooting Brake variant brings added practicality 
 
The Shooting Brake version of the CLA is a slightly more practicality-focused option, bringing an estate-like appearance while retaining the standard car’s compact proportions. At 505 litres, the Shooting Brake offers up 45 litres more space than the saloon. 
 
You can also fold down the rear seats and increase this up to a healthy 1,370 litres, while the wide-opening boot makes it far easier to access than in the saloon.
 
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