What's the used Mercedes CLA-Class coupe like?
The normal three-box shape applied to most executive cars has been eroded over the years by cars like this 2013 Mercedes CLA. Such models adopted a coupé-like silhouette with a swooping roofline to add a bit of glamour to the class.
While the second-generation CLA has now taken its place in the showroom, the original makes a popular pre-owned choice, taking the winning formula of the bigger CLS and shrining it down onto a more affordable A-Class-sized car. As a used purchase, the CLA can be considered against the likes of the Audi A3 Saloon, the BMW 3 Series, and the Volkswagen CC.
The CLA comes with lots of standard equipment. All models get dual-zone climate control, cruise control, a 7.0in-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, USB and smartphone connectivity, automatic lights and wipers and 18in alloy wheels. On the safety side, there are seven airbags and Attention Assist, a system that monitors driver fatigue and will warn you when it’s time to take a break.
The CLA has plenty of grip and its steering weights up nicely as you turn in to a corner. The AMG Sport model is slightly sharper to drive than the standard Sport model because it comes with firmer sports suspension. However, this has a dramatic effect on the ride, making it rather choppy. The Sport model comes on comfort suspension, which is better, but it still shimmies over poor road surfaces.
Space is at a premium in the CLA due to its lower roofline. The dashboard design also impacts space for knees. At least there’s lots of adjustment in the seat and steering wheel to allow you to get comfortable. In the back, however, you’d need to be a child or of below-average height to be content.
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