Mercedes-Benz CLA review

Category: Executive car

Section: Costs & verdict

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  • Mercedes CLA 2020 RHD infotainment
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  • Mercedes CLA 2020 RHD right panning
  • Mercedes CLA 2020 RHD front seats
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RRP £31,325What Car? Target Price from£29,506
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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 Line-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.

For company car buyers, the clear choice in this lineup is the plug-in hybrid CLA 250e; low official CO2 emissions and an impressive electric range put it in a low benefit-in-kind tax bracket. Indeed, because its claimed electric range is so much further than the VW Arteon’s, it’ll cost usefully less on tax bracket than its rival.

And it’s worth noting that the CLA is a very safe car, earning Euro NCAP’s full five-star rating with very high individual scores 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

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