Mercedes-Benz CLA Shooting Brake review

Category: Estate car

Section: Costs & verdict

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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Unlike the Mercedes A-Class, the CLA range doesn’t offer an entry-level Sport trim; this lifts its starting price considerably, and the Shooting Brake adds a further premium to its Coupe stablemate. AMG Line trim gives you plenty of kit, but you might want to jump up to AMG Line Premium; it brings the bigger instrument display, keyless entry and an upgraded stereo. We’d avoid the Premium Plus package due to its head room-eating panoramic sunroof.

The CLA’s official CO2 emissions figures may not be spectacularly low, but they are competitive, especially for the 220d diesel; this engine is RDE2 compliant, which means there’s no 4% diesel surcharge on BIK (Benefit in Kind) company car tax.

And it’s worth noting that the CLA is one of the safest cars around, not only earning Euro NCAP’s full five-star rating, but with scores of well over 90% for adult occupant, child occupant and pedestrian protection.

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Overview

Although on paper the CLA Shooting Brake has a pretty big boot, a high load lip and narrow aperture hurt its practicality. But although we could point out a Superb Estate is far bigger for the money, the CLA’s attractive interior, strong engines and decent driving experience hold plenty of appeal.

  • 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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