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For The CLA looks great and comes with lots of standard equipment. It also has a big boot and lots of safety kit.

Against The CLA doesn’t ride or handle particularly well, and it isn’t that cheap to buy, either. Rear space is also pretty cramped compared with most proper saloons.

Mercedes-Benz CLA Saloon
33 5stars

Those looks alone will be enough to convince a fair share of buyers. Just make sure you realise there are better cars available at this sort of money.

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The full Mercedes-Benz CLA review


There are 8 Mercedes-Benz CLA versions available

Saloon CLA180 Sport 4dr £24,775
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon CLA 200 CDI Sport 4dr £26,925
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon CLA180 AMG Sport 4dr £26,975
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon CLA 200 CDI AMG Sport 4dr £29,125
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon CLA220 CDI Sport 4dr £29,775
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon CLA220 CDI AMG Sport 4dr £31,975
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon CLA 250 AMG Sport 4Matic 4dr £33,440
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Saloon CLA45 AMG 4dr £42,270
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5

Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

The Mercedes CLA offers four-door coupe styling at a lower price than a CLS or an Audi A7.

However, take looks out of the equation and there are better alternatives. A BMW 320d auto will cost you about the same as a CLA 220 CDI, yet is more fun to drive, rides more comfortably and has a classier cabin.

The manual-only CLA 180 petrol is cheaper, but still not cheap, although it does come with an impressive list of standard kit.

If you're prepared to make a few compromises for those sleek looks, stick with the more comfortable, entry-level Sport model.

The CLA 45 is an emotive purchase, and if you’re taken with the blend of looks and outrageous performance, you won’t be disappointed. Just be aware that there are more rounded rivals available for less, including the BMW 335i or even a 135i hatchback. Both of those options are a bit slower but joyous to drive, whilst being more practical and relaxing to live with on a daily basis.

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