Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Review
Rebel with a cause

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
9 Oct 2013
 

Introduction, Exterior

The CLA-class is perhaps the timely shot in the arm that Mercedes-Benz (MB) needed to boost its sales in the small car COE segment. Based on the rather brilliant Mercedes-Benz A200 that we tested just a few months ago, it shares much of the same running gear as the smaller hatch.

The difference here is the bigger boot it carries that’ll be useful for the middle management executive with a young family.

 

Exterior

The CLA-class is MB’s attempt at bringing the swooping elegant lines of the CLS-class down to their entry-level range. And on first impression, the CLA-class has more than surpassed aesthetic expectations.

Next to the likes of the BMW 316i we tested, the radical lines of the CLA stands out. Touted as an executive sedan with a sporty appeal, the CLA makes a powerful impression with its intense focused expression. A distinctive front fascia has been created with the powerdomes and diamond radiator grille (unique to the AMG trim) that we particularly liked.

The designers threw caution to the wind and created gorgeous concave and convex lines across the car’s body for beautiful light play across the body panels. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1595cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 156bhp @ 5300rpm
Torque 250Nm @ 1250rpm
Power to Weight 111.8 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 8.5s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 230 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 17.5 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed G-tronic
Drive Type FF
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4630 x 2032 x 1432) mm
Wheelbase 2699 mm
Turning Circle 11 metres
Kerb Weight 1395 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 56 L

Brakes

Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Ventilated Discs