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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class (continued)

Summary

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a fine daily driver with a comfortable cabin for those looking to take the leap into luxury car territory, but it lacks the athletic handling of rear-wheel-drive vehicles around the same price. The CLA45 AMG is fun to drive and sounds great, though there are plenty of worthy competitors at the near-$50k mark.

Laura Burstein filed this report after her test drives of the CLA250 and CLA45 AMG around Washington.


Model Line Overview

Model lineup:Mercedes-Benz CLA250 ($29,900); CLA250 4MATIC ($31,900); CLA45 AMG ($47,450)
Engines:208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4; 355-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline 4
Transmissions:7-speed dual-clutch
Safety equipment (standard):front seat side thorax airbags, front seat side pelvic airbags, full-length side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, mbrace2 emergency telematics, Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist
Safety equipment (optional):blind spot assist, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, rear side airbags
Basic warranty:4 years/50,000 miles
Assembled in:Kecskemet, Hungary

Specifications As Tested

Model tested (MSRP):Mercedes-Benz CLA250 ($29,900)
Standard equipment:air conditioning, MB Tex vinyl upholstery, eight-way power front seats with driver memory, tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, automatic wipers, cruise control, 60/40-split-folding rear seat, Mercedes Benz's COMAND interface with 5.8-inch color display, mbrace2 telematics/smartphone integration, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, AM/FM/CD audio
Options as tested (MSRP):Multimedia Package ($2,370) with navigation, rearview camera, 7-inch high resolution display with 3D map views, real-time weather and traffic, 6CD, hard drive storage with 10GB for music, SD card slot; 18-inch wheels with high-performance tires ($500); rear decklid spoiler ($300)
Destination charge:($925)
Gas guzzler tax:N/A
Price as tested (MSRP): $33,695
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4
Horsepower (hp @ rpm):208 @ 5500
Torque (lb.-ft. @ rpm):258 @ 1250-4000
Transmission:7-speed dual-clutch
EPA fuel economy, city/hwy:26/38 mpg
Wheelbase:106.3 in.
Length/width/height:182.3/70/56.6 in.
Track, f/r:60.9/60.8 in.
Turning circle:36.1 ft.
Seating capacity:5
Head/hip/leg room, f:37.0/na/40.2 in.
Head/hip/leg room, m:N/A
Head/hip/leg room, r:35.6/na/27.1 in.
Cargo volume:31.1 cu. ft.
Payload:N/A
Towing capacity:N/A
Suspension, f:McPherson struts with spring strut and wishbone
Suspension, r:independent, with wishbones and control arms
Ground clearance:3.9 in.
Curb weight:3264 lbs.
Tires:235/40R18
Brakes, f/r:disc/disc with ABS
Fuel capacity:14.5 gal.

Unless otherwise indicated, specifications refer to test vehicle.
All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices (MSRP) effective as of July 30, 2013.
Prices do not include manufacturer's destination and delivery charges. N/A: Information not available or not applicable.
Manufacturer Info Sources: 800-367-6372 - www.mbusa.com


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