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

Total RRP £37,565

Your quote £30,413

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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 AMG Line Edition

cla 180 amg line edition 4dr

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

Starting at: £22,139

You could save up to: £5241

cla 180 amg line edition 4dr tip auto

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

Starting at: £23,231

You could save up to: £5449

cla 200 amg line edition 4dr

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

Starting at: £23,165

You could save up to: £5440

cla 200 amg line edition 4dr tip auto

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

Starting at: £24,557

You could save up to: £5648

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: £24,914

You could save up to: £5701

cla 200 amg line night edition 4dr tip auto

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

Starting at: £26,306

You could save up to: £5909

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

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

Starting at: £28,629

You could save up to: £6211

cla 220d amg line night edition 4dr tip auto

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

Starting at: £27,546

You could save up to: £6724

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

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

Starting at: £28,938

You could save up to: £6932

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: £26,389

You could save up to: £5921

cla 200 amg line night edition plus 4dr tip auto

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

Starting at: £27,781

You could save up to: £6129

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

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

Starting at: £30,103

You could save up to: £6432

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

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

Starting at: £30,413

You could save up to: £7152

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

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

Starting at: £29,021

You could save up to: £6944