Mercedes CLA 45 S AMG review

Category: Performance car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD rear seats
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 launch front left cornering
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 front right panning
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 front drift mode
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 rear left tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD dashboard detail
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD boot open
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 grille detail
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 wheel detail
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 rear end detail
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 launch rear left cornering
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD dashboard
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD rear seats
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 dashboard closeup
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 launch front left cornering
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 front right panning
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 front drift mode
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 rear left tracking
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD dashboard detail
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD front seats
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD boot open
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 grille detail
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 wheel detail
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 rear end detail
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 launch rear left cornering
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD dashboard
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 LHD rear seats
  • Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 dashboard closeup

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Mercedes has yet to release pricing and full specifications for the CLAA45, although early indications suggest it’ll be a little bit more expensive than the Audi RS3 Saloon. Make no mistake, this is a very pricey CLA.

Although it’s unlikely you’d run one as a company car, it's worth noting that the A45’s CO2 emissions of 186g/km puts it in the top 37% BIK company car tax bracket. However, its 34.9mpg economy figure isn’t bad for a car this fast. Just bear in mind that UK figures are yet to be confirmed.

Although the CLA hasn’t been crash tested; the closely related A-Class proved to be the best in its class in Euro NCAP’s 2018 safety tests. To help you avoid testing its crash-worthiness credentials, though, the CLA45 comes with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and an attention monitor.

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Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 dashboard closeup
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2019 launch front left cornering
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Overview

You might think that the CLA45 experience would be dominated by the engine, but it’s the agile and engaging handling that is key to its appeal. It's pricey, but such talent comes at a cost.

  • Savage acceleration
  • Entertaining handling
  • Interior looks great
  • Seriously expensive
  • Some cheap plastics inside
  • Limited rear head room