Mercedes-Benz CLA review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The only trim available is AMG Line, so the CLA has a considerably higher starting price than the A-Class, which also comes in cheaper SE and Sport forms.

It holds its value well, though, and still undercuts the Audi A5 Sportback and Volkswagen Arteon. Plus, the AMG-only policy means every version is decently equipped: LED headlights, a sporty bodykit and heated front seats are all included.

Adding the Premium package is worth considering, because this brings the larger instruments, keyless entry and an upgraded stereo, but we’d avoid the Premium Plus package due to its head room eating panoramic sunroof, mentioned earlier.

The CLA’s official CO2 figures may not be spectacularly low, but they are competitive, with the 220d diesel emitting 110g/km, and the 180 and 200 petrol models 123g/km and 124g/km respectively.

And it’s worth noting that the CLA is one of the safest cars around, not only earning Euro NCAP’s full five-star rating, but scores of well over 90% for adult occupant, child occupant and pedestrian protection.

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Overview

Some rivals are better to drive, but the Mercedes CLA is a classy, safe and stylish choice that comes packed with technology.

  • Flash interior
  • Strong on safety
  • Lots of kit and power for your money
  • Tight rear head room
  • Small boot aperture
  • Not as fun as the best coupés