Mercedes CLA 35 AMG review

Category: Performance car

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD wide rear tracking
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD rear tracking
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD dashboard
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD rear seats
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD infotainment
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD
  • Mercedes CLA 35 AMG 2020 RHD wide rear tracking
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Despite wearing a sharper suit, you’ll be pleased to hear that the CLA 35 is similarly priced to its hatchback Mercedes A35 AMG sibling. However, it’s worth noting that both cars sit towards the expensive end of the compact performance car spectrum – the Honda Civic Type R hatchback is significantly cheaper  

Leather seats (heated in the front), climate control, privacy glass and keyless start are all included. However, it’s worth noting that, by the time you’ve added metallic paint and one of the equipment packs, you’ll be looking at a somewhat daunting price list. We’d certainly go for the Premium Pack, though; it gives you the pair of 10.25in screens we mentioned earlier, keyless entry, front and rear parking sensors, an upgraded stereo and a central rear armrest.

Overview

Point-to-point, the CLA 35 AMG is a seriously quick car, yet it isn't especially exciting to drive. It also generates quite a lot of road noise on the motorway, so it’s not the most refined cruiser.

  • Rapid acceleration
  • Reasonably comfortable
  • Brilliant traction regardless of conditions
  • Expensive list price
  • Too much road noise
  • Not very exciting to drive
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