Have you ever seen Queer Eye? In this TV makeover show, five ‘fabulous’ presenters take a ‘regular’ person and give them a new look so they’re sleeker and sexier than before. And really that’s the best way to explain the Mercedes CLA.
It may be based on the A-Class hatchback, but from the twin ‘power domes’ on its bonnet, through its arching, coupé-like roofline, down to its sculpted tail, it adds a big dollop of extra style.
True, the interior is carried over from the A-Class pretty much unchanged. However, that’s no bad thing, because it means you get tactile materials and a layout that’s similar to that of the S-Class limousine.
This is a family car, then, for those who don’t want to stop worshipping at the altar of design just because they’ve swapped karaoke and kayaking for kids and kaboodle.
The regular engine line-up includes petrols and diesels that range from 134bhp to 221bhp. Or should you want more pace, there’s the AMG-tuned performance models, including the flagship CLA 45, which we’ve reviewed separately.
That’s what we’ll be looking at in this review, as we consider everything from comfort to handling and practicality to costs. And, of course, if you do decide the CLA is the car for you, be sure to check out our latest deals to see how much we could save you.