Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 2.0 Review
Four door mayhem

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
3 Apr 2014
 

Introduction

If you take a close look, the new CLA 45 AMG follows the same concept as the WRX and Evo from Japanese manufacturers. It hides a 2.0-litre four cylinder turbocharged powerplant under the bonnet, four doors and a decently sized boot. Albeit the whole concept is undertaken with the usual elegance and sophistication that goes with Mercedes-Benz. But is that sophistication worth the $315,000 price tag that it’s demanding?

Yes, but only if it delivers the same performance that its hatchback sibling, the A 45 AMG, impressed us with last year. We were so blown away we even named it the car of the year! Entry into ownership of AMG’s big brutish V8 monsters has always been a pricey one. The CLA 45 AMG is aimed at lowering the premium into the AMG club and is starting to look like quite an attractive proposition. 


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Engine

Engine Capacity 1991cc Turbocharged
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 360bhp @ 6000rpm
Torque 450Nm @ 2250rpm
Power to Weight 227.1 bhp per ton

Performance

Acceleration 4.6s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 14.1 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-Speed Sports Transmision
Drive Type F4
Steering Electric

Measurements

Body Type Sedan
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4691 x 1777 x 1416) mm
Wheelbase 2699 mm
Kerb Weight 1585 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 56 L

Brakes

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