Summary, Prices, Specs

By October 9, 2013

Summary

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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):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 (MSPR):$33695
Layout:front-wheel drive
Engine:208-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4
Horsepower (lb.-ft @ 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 weigth: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 (MSPR) effective as of October 9, 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