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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA aboriginal drive review: Bite admeasurement luxury
As the aboriginal of Mercedes’ band of bunched cars to ability the United States, the first-generation CLA bargain the bar of access to this vaunted affluence brand. In agreement of tech, the redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a above advancement over the antecedent generation. Yet it’s still not as acute as before.
That’s because Mercedes now has accession bunched four-door, the A-Class. Both cars are congenital on the aforementioned platform, and affection the aforementioned tech. The differences mainly appear bottomward to administration – and price. Mercedes saw the accession of the A-Class as an befalling to bang up the amount of the CLA. The abject CLA 250 archetypal starts at $37,645. That’s $4,150 added than a abject A-Class, and $3,600 added than a 2019 CLA.
What do you get for that added coin?
As with the antecedent generation, Mercedes calls the 2020 CLA a “four-door coupe.” This is a class Mercedes invented with the beyond CLS-Class, and refers to four-door cars with sleeker administration than acceptable sedans. The CLA highlights that difference.
The capital aberration amid the CLA and its A-Class affinity is at the back. Area the A-Class has a squared-off tail, the CLA has a added automated adaptation aggregate with Mercedes’ two-door coupes. The rear three-quarter appearance is additionally area the CLA’s lower roofline is best apparent. Walking up to this car from the front, it’s accessible to aberration the CLA for an A-Class because, afar from those two capital administration changes, it basically is.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the barometer band shows that the CLA’s added alive administration comes with a slight amends in autogenous space. While the 2020 CLA is a bit bigger than the approachable model, that low roof agency beneath allowance than you get in an A-Class. However, the CLA offers added block space. Overall, the CLA seems to antithesis anatomy and action appealing well.
Tall drivers will acceptable accept agnate issues with the accessible BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe, as BMW went the “four-door coupe” avenue with that model, as well. The Audi A3 is a accepted sedan, but the CLA still offers added allowance and block amplitude (the Audi has added legroom, however). The Acura ILX offers agnate allowance to the CLA, but decidedly added legroom and block space. It’s additionally account acquainted that, for the amount of a CLA, you could accept a nicely-equipped midsize auto from a boilerplate brand, with awfully added allowance than any of these cars.
We admired the autogenous design, decidedly the characteristic annular air vents and freestanding accumbent screen.
At atomic the CLA’s autogenous feels added flush than the boilerplate Toyota. Materials are absolutely a footfall bottomward from added Mercedes models, but accept a affection feel. The seats in both CLA models we activated acquainted actual comfortable, with a added absorptive feel in the CLA 250 and added bolstering in the AMG CLA 35, in band with that car’s adventurous character. We admired the architecture of the autogenous as well, decidedly the characteristic annular air vents and freestanding accumbent screen. To our eyes, it looks bigger than the awkwardly-integrated screens acclimated in Mercedes’ added big-ticket cars.
The distinct screen, which Mercedes designers alarm “the surfboard,” does the assignment of a accepted infotainment touchscreen and agenda apparatus cluster. Mercedes’ cartoon accept appear a continued way. The basic gauges attending bluff than the ones in Mercedes’ flagship S-Class from a few years ago. Text uses Mercedes-distinctive typeface, giving aggregate a different character afterwards compromising legibility.
The awning runs the latest MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) infotainment system, which was alien on the A-Class. That agency you get accepted Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as able-bodied as a articulation abettor that responds (officially) to the alert “Hey, Mercedes” (just “Mercedes” will suffice, we’ve found). It’s advised to acknowledge to natural-sounding commands so, for example, you can ask it to about-face up the berth temperature aloof by adage “I’m cold.”
Voice administration in cars can feel gimmicky, but we could see ourselves application this every day. Aback we bare to change SiriusXM stations or acclimatize the altitude control, we begin ourselves adage “Hey, Mercedes” rather than extensive for the touchscreen itself. The articulation acceptance isn’t absolute (even words that complete vaguely like “Mercedes” will accidentally actuate it), but it’s acceptable abundant to cede the CLA’s touch-pad ambassador redundant.
The CLA additionally gives drivers affluence of options aback it comes to infotainment controls. The touchscreen is acknowledging and accessible to reach, and is aggrandized by adjustment buttons for important menus. As with added Mercedes models, the CLA has logically abiding council caster controls.
Both CLA models we collection acquainted aces of the Mercedes three-pointed brilliant in agreement of ride affection and all-embracing refinement. The AMG archetypal is accurately quick. But the CLA additionally fails to angle out from the crowd.
All CLA models affection a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder agent with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The CLA 250 is accessible with front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, while the AMG CLA 35 is all-wheel drive only.
With front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, the CLA 250 has 221 application and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is added than you get in a abject A-Class. It’s additionally added than a base, front-wheel drive Audi A3, but the Audi has a 7-hp advantage with all-wheel drive. The CLA 250 will do aught to aught to 60 mph in 6.2 seconds, which is 0.4 additional quicker than a front-wheel drive A3, according to estimates from both manufacturers. However, the all-wheel drive A3 will do aught to 60 mph in 5.8 seconds, according to Audi.
The AMG CLA 35 uses the aforementioned agent as the CLA 250, but with modifications that addition achievement to 302 hp and 295 lb-ft. The Audi S3 – the AMG’s abutting adversary – can alone aggregation 288 hp and 280 lb-ft. The Merc is a tenth of a additional quicker from aught to 60 mph than the Audi, accomplishing the job in 4.6 seconds.
Nothing about the active acquaintance is decidedly agitative or memorable.
On the road, the AMG CLA 35 doesn’t feel as quick as numbers suggest. AMG may accept congenital its acceptability on loud, audacious hot rods, but the CLA 35 is too abashed to accommodation its affluence full-blooded to accept fun. The administration larboard us cold, too. We’ll see if things advance aback the added hardcore AMG CLA 45 hits the streets.
The AMG CLA 35 was declared to be the bedrock brilliant of the CLA lineup, so we dialed aback expectations aback we switched to the entry-level CLA 250. What you get is a adequate but accustomed active experience.
The CLA 250 has added than abundant ability for base gaps in cartage (something we can adjure to afterwards active it through the appendage end of morning blitz hour in Phoenix) and soaks up bumps well, but it’s unremarkable. That’s a problem. This is a Mercedes, and owners will apprehend it to feel special. The CLA 250 doesn’t bear that. It’s competent, but never tries to over-deliver.
Gas breadth ratings for the CLA 250 are 28 mpg accumulated (25 mpg city, 32 mpg highway) with front-wheel drive, and 27 mpg accumulated (23 mpg city, 33 mpg highway) with all-wheel drive. That’s beneath than a commensurable Audi A3 with front-wheel drive, but added with all-wheel drive. Ratings for the AMG CLA 35 aren’t accessible yet.
Like best added affluence brands, Mercedes is appealing stingy aback it comes to accepted disciplinarian aids. Autonomous emergency braking and a driver-attention adviser are standard, but you accept to pay added for things like adaptive cruise control, lane accumulate assist, and dark atom monitoring. The closing stays on for three account afterwards the agent is shut off to accumulate you from dispatch out into the aisle of an advancing car. Still, it’s adamantine to absolve authoritative appearance like these alternative aback best are accessible as accepted accessories on less-expensive cars.
The 2020 CLA is a new model, so it’s difficult to adumbrate approaching reliability. As a brand, Mercedes has a alloyed acceptability aback it comes to reliability. The CLA’s addition agency blast analysis after-effects from the Insurance Institute for Artery Safety (IIHS) and National Artery Cartage Safety Administration (NHTSA) aren’t accessible yet.
As adamantine as it is to say “no” to added power, the AMG CLA 35’s antiseptic active acquaintance makes it adamantine to absolve that model’s amount exceptional over the CLA 250. We would add all-wheel drive ($2,000), the Exceptional Package ($1,650), which includes the “surfboard” awning and dark atom monitoring, and the Disciplinarian Assistance Package ($2,250) which adds added disciplinarian aids, including adaptive cruise ascendancy and lane accumulate assist.
The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA shows that entry-level affluence cars are a catchy proposition. In agreement of fit and finish, refinement, and tech, the CLA is every inch a Mercedes. But it additionally comes with a Mercedes amount tag, and that’s a problem.
If you’re accommodating to abandon the high-end badge, you can get a lot added car for the CLA’s starting price. Agnate money will buy a roomier midsize auto or bunched crossover from a boilerplate brand. If you appetite a smaller, adventurous four-door with all-wheel drive, the Volkswagen Golf R is a abundant bigger amount than the AMG CLA 35. On the added hand, a full-optioned CLA will acceptable advance abutting to Mercedes C-Class territory.
Even amid its peers, the CLA doesn’t cull off a bright victory. The Audi A3 may be assuming its age, but it’s a abundant added agreeable car to drive. The Acura ILX can’t absolutely attempt with the CLA on affluence or tech (it’s based on an old Honda Civic platform), but it is a abundant bigger bet aback it comes to reliability. And BMW is about to barrage a CLA fighter in the anatomy of the 2 Series Gran Auto that could accord Mercedes a run for its money.
No. As nice as it is, the CLA is poor amount for money.