The CLA was a real surprise to the market, with Mercedes trying to muscle in on the sector that is dominated by the Audi A3 and the BMW 1 series. It is to the C Class what the CLS is to the S Class with similar sweeping lines but in a much more compact body.
The CLS has created the demand for this car. Its fantastic looks and quality of build are sure to mean that Mercedes Benz have added to their already impressive arsenal of company user chooser cars, we think this one will be a winner. Where a driver is given a company car or cash allowance, the CLA will be a real winner with the three pointed star and build quality that is all but unmatchable.
At launch, Mercedes have chosen to come to market with a 1.6 litre petrol, with 122 bhp and a combined fuel economy of over 50 mpg. Its CO2 is 130g/km so will be taxed at 18%. The petrol is cheaper than the diesel alternative, but the diesel is more economical and of course attracts the 3% diesel supplement, so company car tax is marginally less for the diesel.
In the flesh this car is as stunning as the CLS, but smaller. It will be a success. The dash is well put together and redesigned for this model, right now it’s probably the best dash out there.
Standard kit includes 18 inch alloys, dual zone climate, Bluetooth connectivity, sports seats and steering wheel in leather, cruise control.
This new CLA get the chassis that Mercedes developed for their small car range. Its front drive and the way it drives are best described as different to your normal Mercedes. Also, the 1.8 is available as a manual only at launch, but an auto is not far behind.
Due at the end of the year is the CLA 45 AMG, we can’t wait for that one.