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MERCEDES-BENZ CLA AMG COUPE

CLA 35 4Matic 4dr Tip Auto

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Key Information

Fuel Type
Fuel Type Petrol
Mileage
Mileage 39.20mpg
Co2
Co2 177.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 155mph

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MERCEDES-BENZ CLA CLA 35 4Matic 4dr Tip Auto

- Independent review from Car and Driving
  • Performance
    7
  • Handling
    7
  • Comfort
    6
  • Space
    4
  • Styling
    8
  • Build
    7
  • Value
    6
  • Equipment
    7
  • Economy
    7
  • Depreciation
    8
  • Insurance
    7

In second generation form, the four-door CLA Coupe continues to inject an extra dose of style into Mercedes' compact model line-up. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Never underestimate the power of emotional appeal. It's brought us cars like this one, this second generation Mercedes CLA Coupe. We first saw the original version of this four-door coupe in 2013, that design followed by an equally trendy 'Shooting Brake' estate version a couple of years later. This replacement continues in much the same vein: so it's A-Class-based, which means that it's front-driven - unlike the kind of Mercedes C-Class saloon you could buy for very similar money. A C-Class would give you much more rear seat room and boot space, but a CLA will make a much more overt car park statement - which for its intended audience will be all that really matters. This MK2 model is a little bigger and much more sophisticated than its predecessor. And, as before, it comes in the four-door Coupe form we're going to look at here - or in 'Shooting Brake' estate guise.

Driving Experience

Mercedes markets this car as a 'sporty' alternative to its more conventional C-Class saloon. The CLA Coupe's sporty styling leads you to expect that. Though this car shares its chassis, steering and braking architecture with A and B-Class models, it does get its own suspension set-up, with various changes made to improve comfort and make it a bit less crashy over poorer surfaces. There's torque vectoring to help with the handling and 'Direct Steering' to sharpen things up at the helm. The range kicks off with CLA 180 and CLA 200 variants that both use a 1.3-litre petrol engine co-developed with Renault and are respectively capable of producing either 136hp and 200Nm of torque or 163hp and 250Nm. There's also a plug-in hybrid, the CLA 250e, which uses a 1.33-litre engine mated to a 15.6kWh battery with a system output of 218hp and an all-electric driving range of up to 49 miles (NEDC). Beyond that lies another petrol-powered front-driven variant, the CLA 250, which uses a 2.0-litre engine and can generate 224hp and 350Nm. You can also talk to your dealer about a 190hp diesel-powered CLA 220d variant. All petrol models use a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission (it's an 8-speeder in the diesel). There are also two high performance Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre turbo petrol models, the CLA 35 4MATIC (with 306hp) and the top CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (with 421hp).

Design and Build

By any measure, this is a handsome car, purposeful, with sporting proportions and a potent long stretched bonnet. Hi-tech too, with jewel-like LED daytime running lamps fashioned to create a flare effect around the diamond-shaped grille. It's not just about aesthetics either. The combination of the long, stretched entry line above the windows and frameless doors give the CLA Coupe a sporty and elegant character. And the super-sleek drag factor makes this one of the most aerodynamic production cars you can buy. The cabin's very similar to that of an A-Class - which these days is a very good thing indeed. The designers have completely dispensed with the usual instrument binnacle cowl, so as a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The widescreen display is completely free-standing. And the lower section of the fascia is visually separated from the main body of the instrument cluster by what the designers call a 'trench', and it appears to float in front of the instrument cluster. The standard ambient lighting enhances this effect and the air vents, finished in a sporty 'turbine-look' are another highlight. There's a 460-litre boot, but if that's not enough, talk to your dealer about the CLA-Class Shooting Brake estate variant. Here, there's a 505-litre boot (which is 10-litres larger than the previous generation model).

Market and Model

CLA Coupe prices start at just over £31,000 and rise to around £58,000, which leave this car right in Mercedes C-Class saloon territory. Think in terms of a premium of around £1,000 to get yourself the Shooting Brake estate version you can ask your dealer about. There's a choice of three trim levels - 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'. Even base 'AMG Line' models come decently equipped, standard kit including the MBUX multimedia system that includes 'Hey Mercedes' voice recognition and is accessed through a 10.25-inch centre-dash touchscreen. This incorporates navigation, a DAB radio and smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a 7-inch digital cockpit display, LED high performance headlights, privacy glass, Thermotronic luxury two-zone automatic climate control, a Parking package and heated front seats with leather upholstery. Standard safety features include Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist. 'AMG Line Premium' trim adds a larger 10.25-inch digital cockpit display, a dash cam, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours and keyless entry. Finally 'AMG Line Premium Plus' spec adds a panoramic sliding sunroof, Multibeam LED headlights, memory seats for the driver and front passenger and an 'Energizing pack' which uses a number of the car's systems to boost driver fitness and wellbeing.

Cost of Ownership

You'd expect such an aerodynamic production car to deliver an ultra-competitive set of running costs, so let's get to the WLTP figures. The CLA 180 and CLA 200 Coupe variants can deliver up to 46.3mpg on the combined cycle. The CLA 180 emits 124g/km of CO2 and the CLA 200 emits 123g/km. And the CLA 250 can deliver up to 41.5mpg and emit 135g/km of CO2. The CLA 220d diesel manages up to 57.7mpg and 110g/km. What else? Well it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional 'Service Care' package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash. There's also an ASSYST dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. It's also worth mentioning that the included 'Mercedes me' connect services package includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling your CLA to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.

Summary

If you're in the market for a compact, prestigiously-badged stylised saloon and like the look of this one, then nothing I'm going to say here is likely to dissuade you away from CLA Coupe motoring. Unlike Mercedes, I think this car does have some direct rivals, but I'd agree that there is quite a lot that's unique about the way it looks. This design really is a breath of fresh air in what can otherwise be rather a staid market sector. Which is why it's very likely to sell as intended - to people who never intended to drive a Mercedes. Younger folk who don't care about the abandonment of the rear wheel drive layout that was once considered conditional for a car of this type. They'll probably care just as little about the rear seat packaging compromises and the rather firm ride. They might not even mind the premium pricing. It's all about emotional appeal you see, as I said at the beginning.

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display
  • 7 inch Instrument display with digital cockpit
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • Digital instrument cluster with three AMG display styles and AMG menu
  • Direct steer system with speed sensitive power steering
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with driving programs (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Setup
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limit assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Mercedes Benz sound system (100 W) with 6 speakers
  • USB (type C) ports (2) in stowage compartment and 1 in front of centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG body styling with AMG front apron and rear apron and visible exhaust tailpipe in chrome trim elements
  • AMG bodystyling side skirts
  • AMG Front apron with flics as air deflector elements on the outer air intakes
  • AMG radiator grille with twin blade lamella and AMG Lettering
  • AMG Rear apron with specific diffuser look with four vertical fins and two round chrome plated tailpipe trim elements with a diameter of 90 mm
  • AMG Sports exhaust system with two round tailpipes attached in rear apron
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome beltline strips
  • Chrome weather strip
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
  • Front splitter and trim elements on the louvres in the outer air inlets in silver chrome
  • Front wings with TURBO 4MATIC lettering
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • High level LED third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Vehicle Monitoring
  • Vehicle Setup
  • Window line trim strip in chrome

Interior Features

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Floor mats with stitched AMG lettering
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Front door sills with Mercedes benz lettering
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Rear head restraints
  • Rear interior lamp
  • Silver coloured aluminium gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Spectacles compartment for driver
  • Sport seats with fixed head restraints
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

Packs

  • Light and sight pack - CLA
  • Mirror pack - CLA
  • Parking package - CLA
  • Seat comfort pack - CLA

Safety

  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Black seat belts
  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front brake calipers with AMG lettering
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Perforated front brake discs
  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • Keyless Go starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

Technical

  • 7G-DCT 7 speed automatic transmission
  • AMG suspension
  • Rear axle multi-link

Trim

  • Light aluminium with longitudinal grain interior trim

Wheels

  • 18" 5 twin spoke bi-colour alloy wheels
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit
  • Wheel arches wider for AMG wheels

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.323
  • CO2 (g/km)
    164
  • HC
    0.021
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    70
  • NOx
    0.015
  • Particles
    0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    177

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1991
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    39.2
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    47.1
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    30.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    7.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    7.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    6.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    11.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    42.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    24.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    35.3

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    306
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    4 MATIC
  • Coin Series
    Not Available
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    42E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4.9
  • Engine Power - BHP
    306
  • Engine Power - KW
    225
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    295
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    40.8
  • Engine Torque - NM
    400
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    3000
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    235/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    235/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1404
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4695
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1834
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1999

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    51
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2115
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    460
  • Max. Loading Weight
    500
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1615
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.5

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