Mercedes CLA (2013-present)

Curved styling and a sophisticated interior make the Mercedes CLA an upmarket - but expensive - family saloon

Strengths & Weaknesses

Strengths 

Attractive design
Good equipment level
Economical diesel engines

Weaknesses 

Cramped rear seats
Some versions uncomfortable over bumps
Doesn't feel sporty to drive
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Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Coupe Special Edition cla 220d whiteart 4matic 4dr tip auto [comand]

Total RRP £38,185

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The Mercedes CLA is a compact five-door saloon (Mercedes actually calls it a coupe) which doesn't have that many rivals, because it's no expected to sell in great numbers. The alternatives you do have include the Audi A3 saloon and the cheaper VW Jetta. However, the A3 saloon is really the CLA’s closest rival in badge, quality and price.

The CLA is definitely the sportier-looking of the two but that sleek, coupe styling comes at the expense of interior space, especially in the rear. At least the front is spacious and the 470-litre boot is usefully large, although hampered by a high sill and small opening.

With that badge you’d expect the interior to be seriously plush but aside from the standard fake Artico leather trim (which is realistic, but you can feel the difference) it feels a bit plasticky in places and not as top-drawer as the beautifully finished A3. The dashboard has got some stylish touches, such as the propellor-style air vents, but the tablet-style screen in the middle looks like it's been bought from Halfords and stuck on as an afterthought. It’s easy to find a good driving position, though, and the cabin is well insulated from noise.

Like for like, the model costs around £4,000 more than the A-Class hatchback, with which it shares mechanical parts. The extra money doesn’t buy much more standard kit but it’s hardly sparing. Air-conditioning, 18in alloy wheels, parking assistance, sports seats and that 7in touchscreen are all standard. There are just two core trim levels called Sport and AMG Line, the latter costing around £2,000 more. The model comes with lots of safety equipment including Collision Prevention Assist and has a five-star Euro NCAP crash safety rating.

The CLA is a safe and secure car to drive without being especially rewarding. That said, it has better body control and feels sharper than the A3. Be careful of larger-wheeled versions which feel much firmer.

There are no surprises in the engine department with the usual mix of petrol and diesel engines on the table. Although noisy, the 220d auto is the best all-rounder, managing 67.3mpg and, depending which wheels are fitted, costs £20 to tax (at least until 1 April 2017). It's got enough power for smooth overtaking, and is quiet while crusing at a steady speed.

In addition, there’s a seriously quick version called the Mercedes-AMG CLA 45, costing over £40,000 and the ride is extremely firm - something your passengers might find annoying as they crunch over bumps.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017 - 15:30

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Prices

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class 250 AMG

cla 250 amg 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £29,038

You could save up to: £4692

cla 250 amg 4dr [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £30,646

You could save up to: £4954

cla 250 amg 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,114

You could save up to: £4916

cla 250 amg 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,722

You could save up to: £5178

cla 250 amg 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 41.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,790

You could save up to: £5140

cla 250 amg 4matic 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 41.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £33,398

You could save up to: £5402

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class 250 AMG WhiteArt

cla 250 whiteart amg 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £31,393

You could save up to: £5112

cla 250 whiteart amg 4dr [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £33,002

You could save up to: £5373

cla 250 whiteart amg 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,469

You could save up to: £5336

cla 250 whiteart amg 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,078

You could save up to: £5597

cla 250 whiteart amg 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 41.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £34,145

You could save up to: £5560

cla 250 whiteart amg 4matic 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 41.5mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £35,754

You could save up to: £5821

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class AMG Line

cla 180 amg line 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,656

You could save up to: £4034

cla 180 amg line 4dr [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,264

You could save up to: £4296

cla 180 amg line 4dr [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,082

You could save up to: £4103

cla 180 amg line 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,032

You could save up to: £4258

cla 180 amg line 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,640

You could save up to: £4520

cla 180 amg line 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,458

You could save up to: £4327

cla 200d amg line 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,785

You could save up to: £5035

cla 200d amg line 4dr [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,393

You could save up to: £5297

cla 200d amg line 4dr [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,211

You could save up to: £5104

cla 200d amg line 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,161

You could save up to: £5259

cla 200d amg line 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,769

You could save up to: £5521

cla 200d amg line 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,587

You could save up to: £5328

cla 220d amg line 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,391

You could save up to: £5459

cla 220d amg line 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,999

You could save up to: £5721

cla 220d amg line 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,816

You could save up to: £5529

cla 220d amg line 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,787

You could save up to: £5683

cla 220d amg line 4matic 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,395

You could save up to: £5945

cla 220d amg line 4matic 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,212

You could save up to: £5753

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class AMG Line Edition

cla 180 amg line edition 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 42.2mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,319

You could save up to: £3761

cla 180 amg line edition 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 45.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,395

You could save up to: £3985

cla 200 amg line edition 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,330

You could save up to: £3975

cla 200 amg line edition 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,706

You could save up to: £4199

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class AMG Line Night Edition

cla 200 amg line night edition 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,059

You could save up to: £4256

cla 200 amg line night edition 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,435

You could save up to: £4480

cla 220 amg line night edition 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 38.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,034

You could save up to: £4506

cla 220d amg line night edition 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,502

You could save up to: £5468

cla 220d amg line night edt 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,878

You could save up to: £5692

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class AMG Line Night Edition Plus

cla 200 amg line night edition plus 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £27,517

You could save up to: £4493

cla 200 amg line night edition plus 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 44.1mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,893

You could save up to: £4717

cla 220 amg line night ed plus 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 38.7mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,492

You could save up to: £4743

cla 220d amg line night ed pls 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £31,336

You could save up to: £5929

cla 220d amg line night edition plus 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,960

You could save up to: £5705

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class Sport

cla 180 sport 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £22,764

You could save up to: £3726

cla 180 sport 4dr [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,372

You could save up to: £3988

cla 180 sport 4dr [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,190

You could save up to: £3795

cla 180 sport 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,140

You could save up to: £3950

cla 180 sport 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,748

You could save up to: £4212

cla 180 sport 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £24,566

You could save up to: £4019

cla 200d sport 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £23,893

You could save up to: £4727

cla 200d sport 4dr [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,501

You could save up to: £4989

cla 200d sport 4dr [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £24,319

You could save up to: £4796

cla 200d sport 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,269

You could save up to: £4951

cla 200d sport 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,877

You could save up to: £5213

cla 200d sport 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £25,695

You could save up to: £5020

cla 220d sport 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,499

You could save up to: £5151

cla 220d sport 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,107

You could save up to: £5413

cla 220d sport 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,924

You could save up to: £5221

cla 220d sport 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,895

You could save up to: £5375

cla 220d sport 4matic 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,503

You could save up to: £5637

cla 220d sport 4matic 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,320

You could save up to: £5445

Mercedes-Benz CLA Class WhiteArt

cla 180 whiteart 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,352

You could save up to: £4183

cla 180 whiteart 4dr [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,960

You could save up to: £4445

cla 180 whiteart 4dr [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 51.4mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £25,777

You could save up to: £4253

cla 180 whiteart 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £26,728

You could save up to: £4407

cla 180 whiteart 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,336

You could save up to: £4669

cla 180 whiteart 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel petrol
  • Economy 52.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,153

You could save up to: £4477

cla 200d whiteart 4dr

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,469

You could save up to: £5196

cla 200d whiteart 4dr [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £28,077

You could save up to: £5458

cla 200d whiteart 4dr [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears manual

Starting at: £26,894

You could save up to: £5266

cla 200d whiteart 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £27,845

You could save up to: £5420

cla 200d whiteart 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,453

You could save up to: £5682

cla 200d whiteart 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 70.6mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £28,270

You could save up to: £5490

cla 220d whiteart 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,074

You could save up to: £5621

cla 220d whiteart 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,683

You could save up to: £5882

cla 220d whiteart 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 67.3mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £29,500

You could save up to: £5690

cla 220d whiteart 4matic 4dr tip auto

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,470

You could save up to: £5845

cla 220d whiteart 4matic 4dr tip auto [comand]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £32,079

You could save up to: £6106

cla 220d whiteart 4matic 4dr tip auto [map pilot]

  • Doors 4
  • Fuel diesel
  • Economy 58.9mpg
  • Gears automatic

Starting at: £30,896

You could save up to: £5914