Used Mercedes CLA 2013-2019 review

Category: Executive car

Section: Advice for buyers

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  • Used Mercedes-Benz CLA 13-present
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  • Used Mercedes-Benz CLA 13-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz CLA 13-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz CLA 13-present
  • Used Mercedes-Benz CLA 13-present
  • Mercedes CLA infotainment
  • 2013 Mercedes CLA review

Advice for buyers

What should I look for in a used Mercedes CLA-Class coupe?

Even though all CLAs come with parking sensors, you should still check for any signs of damage to both the bodywork and alloy wheels. Make sure panel gaps are nice and even and that there aren’t any obvious flaws in the paint. Some of the top-spec CLAs have sizable alloy wheels that stick out and can be prone to striking a kerb if your judgement is off.

Make sure anything electrical works and that the air conditioning still blows out cold air. Also, some owners have complained of rattles from the interior, so take the car along a rough bit of road to try and expose any unwanted noises.

If you're in any doubt, provide the car’s details to your local Mercedes dealer and find out if it's affected by any of these recalls.

Is a used Mercedes CLA-Class coupe reliable?

The CLA didn’t feature in What Car?'s latest reliability survey, but the contemporary A-Class (a car that the CLA is closely related to) was. It finished in fourth position in the family car class out of 25 cars, while the latest A-Class finished in 19th place. 

Mercedes-Benz as a brand finished in 26th place out of 31 car manufacturers.