Mercedes CLA 45 AMG review

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Introduction

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Just because you’re in the market for a seemingly sensible saloon or estate, there’s no need for driving to become a tedious chore. Not when, among the fuel-sipping diesels, hybrids and downsized petrol engines on offer, there are cars like the Mercedes CLA 45.

Now, what sits under the CLA 45’s bonnet might not seem all that special, but it's no ordinary 2.0-litre petrol engine. This one is hand built using racing knowhow to produce a mighty 415bhp.

Thanks to four-wheel drive and an eight-speed automatic gearbox, the CLA 45 can hurl itself from 0-62mph in 4.0sec. But its four-wheel drive system does more than just provide great traction; it features a clever rear differential that can vary the amount of power sent to each rear wheel, boosting agility and allowing AMG to build in a thoroughly mischievous drift mode.

What’s more, all those performance aids don’t come at the expense of practicality – you still get four doors, five seats and a big boot. Should you need a little more luggage space or own a dog, a Shooting Brake (read stylish estate) version is also available.

When you come to consider rivals, one car stands out more than any other: the Audi RS3 Saloon with its similarly powerful five-cylinder engine. Of course, you might also find yourself looking at the less practical BMW M2 Competition or the larger, more sensible Audi S4.

Stay with us over the next few pages to find out if the Mercedes CLA 45 is the perfect car for you. And whichever new car you end up deciding to buy, don’t forget to check out our deals pages to find out how much you could save on the brochure price without any haggling.

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