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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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2019 CLA 250 Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $33,100
2019 CLA 250 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $35,100
2019 AMG CLA 45 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $53,100

Overview

Continuing the trend of four-door coupes pioneered by the CLS, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a svelte-looking sedan. It’s stylized as the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Coupe, while the AMG CLA 45 Coupe is the high-performance range-topper.

What's New for 2019

Unchanged from last year, the CLA-Class is available with two engines and a choice of rear-wheel drive or Mercedes-Benz’s electronically-controlled 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system. Prices start at $34,095 (all prices include the $995 destination charge), though it’s easy to get carried away adding options.

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Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

The CLA range can effectively be grouped into two categories. There’s the standard 250 Coupe, which is available with all-wheel drive for a $2,000 premium. Then there’s the thunderous AMG performance version. Both models are powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged gas engines, but the AMG powerplant is handcrafted to produce almost twice as much power as the standard model.

Even so, the CLA 250 is no slouch. Its 208-horsepower engine pumps out 258 pound-feet of torque, propelling it to 60 mph in less than seven seconds. The 4MATIC model shaves a tenth of a second off its zero-to-60 time, but a greater benefit is the superior roadholding in greasy or wet conditions. The rear-wheel-drive CLA 250 returns an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg highway, and 29 combined. Fuel economy for the 4MATIC variant drops to 24/32/27 mpg (city/highway/combined).

Having been extensively modified by Mercedes-Benz’s AMG division, the AMG CLA 45 generates 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. It retains the seven-speed automatic transmission of its siblings, while an AMG Speedshift mode ensures greater driver involvement. The EPA hasn't measured the AMG CLA 45's fuel economy yet.

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CLA250

For its $34,095 starting price ($36,095 for the CLA 250 4MATIC Coupe), the CLA is reasonably well equipped. Standard features include dual-zone climate control, an eight-speaker stereo with an HD radio, and cruise control. Keyless start and 14-way power memory front seats add touches of luxury to the cabin, while creature comforts include ambient interior lighting and rain-sensing wipers. The eight-inch touchscreen also contains a rearview camera.

An extensive options list starts with a panoramic tilt-and-slide sunroof ($1,500), illuminated front door sills ($500), and LED headlights and taillights ($850). Leather costs $1,600, while dash and door trims are upgradeable to aluminum for $150 or either black ash or burl walnut wood trim for $325.

The $2,400 AMG Line Exterior pack adds AMG styling details, a chrome grille, and 18-inch AMG twin-spoke wheels, through which perforated front brake discs and painted calipers are visible. Ticking this box also enables you to add the $300 Night Package, which brings gloss black exterior and wheel accents. The $2,300 Multimedia Package brings navigation, voice control, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto – the latter bundled together in a separate connectivity pack for $350. The Premium Package ($1,800) adds blind-spot monitoring, hands-free trunk access, a surround-sound audio system, heated front seats, and keyless entry and start, while the Convenience Package ($400) includes a compass, HomeLink garage door opener, and an auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirror. Finally, the Driver Assistance Package ($1,500) adds lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking.

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CLA45 AMG

Specification differences between the standard CLA and the AMG are surprisingly few and far between, despite the latter’s $54,095 starting price. Larger 19-inch tires hide bigger front and rear brake discs, but elements like leather seats and rear parking assistance remain options. The sport front seats do at least gain heating elements, and there’s blind-spot monitoring on the move. Mercedes’ ATTENTION ASSIST constantly measures 70 driving parameters to determine signs of drowsiness on long journeys.

A host of AMG-branded accessories are on offer. Buyers can secure an AMG steering wheel and black interior trim for $850 via the AMG DINAMICA Interior Package. The $1,650 AMG "Red Cut" Exclusive Package adds leather upholstery, red seat belts, and a textured upper dashboard and door trim, while the AMG DYNAMIC PLUS Package brings a sport suspension, a limited-slip front differential, an improved top speed, and a RACE mode for $2,800. The Driver Assistance Package and Multimedia Package return unchanged.

This money could arguably be better spent on modern-day essentials like smartphone integration ($350) or Garmin’s MAP PILOT navigation system ($625).

CarsDirect Tip

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4MATIC delivers a winning balance of performance and year-round practicality. You’ll probably want to raid the options list to bolster the standard specification, though a few sensible choices should also help to protect future resale value.

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: Outstanding vehicle. Only the most exceptional vehicles achieve this rating.

: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class may be a compact sedan, but it's big on design, powertrains, and ride. The front seat is very comfortable, but the back seat offers very little room. A reasonable starting price can quickly spiral out of control if you're not careful.

Best Value

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is presented as a four-door sedan, although the automaker refers to it as a coupe on account of its sloping roofline. This model is offered as the CLA 250 Coupe or the AMG CLA 45 Coupe. The standard model has front-wheel drive with available all-wheel drive. The AMG model is all-wheel drive.

Our choice is the CLA 250 4MATIC Coupe, which adds $2,000 for all-wheel drive. The CLA 250 is unusual for this chiefly rear-wheel-drive brand as it's built on a front-wheel-drive architecture. Although the handling is quite good, we think all-wheel drive supplies the desired edge for spirited driving as well as control on slippery roads.

Standard equipment includes 17-inch wheels, vinyl upholstery, a power driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control an eight-inch infotainment screen, and Bluetooth. Most models come far better equipped, which easily pushes your price past $40,000. We chose the items we think make the most sense, while keeping an eye on affordability.

  • Model: 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4Matic Coupe
  • Engine: 2.0-liter turbocharged I4 engine
  • Output: 208 hp / 254 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 24 City / 32 Hwy
  • Options: Leather seating ($1,600, leather upholstery, MB-Tex upper dash and door trim), Premium Package ($1,800, blind-spot monitoring, keyless entry, SiriusXM satellite radio, a Harman Kardon surround sound system), Smartphone Integration Package ($350, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility)
  • Base Price: $36,095 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $39,845

Performance

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Powering the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine makes 208 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque and works with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The CLA’s all-wheel-drive system is front-centric, but it's able to shift up to 50 percent of its power to the rear wheels. We found the engine “busy,” which means power comes on at erratic intervals. This can be fun when pushing down twisty roads or zooming out of corners, but in city traffic the fun is gone. The dual-clutch transmission does a stellar job of keeping the engine in line. That said, we recommend operating in sport mode whenever spirited driving is pursued.

We give the CLA 250 high marks for its stable, planted feel. You may feel stray bumps and wobbles at times, something the available adaptive suspension system mitigates.

Style

The sleek lines of CLA mirror the now-defunct CLS. That striking design came to the market more than a decade ago, but it aged well by the time it appeared on the CLA. We’ve seen some changes since, including an updated front fascia. The beautiful curves remain and the taillights are exquisite, offering a dramatic complement to the roofline and profile.

But there's a cost in all this. Specifically, if you’re wanting to fit four adults in comfort, you simply cannot. Access and egress are a challenge, especially in the second row. Leg space is almost non-existent and head room is very restricted by the plunging roofline. If you do use the rear seat, two children in car or booster seats won’t have a problem.

As for the rest of the interior, the standard vinyl seats aren’t ugly, but they seem too low-rent for a Mercedes-Benz. This is why we opted for leather. We also skipped recommending the brand’s COMAND infotainment control system with navigation. Yes, you’ll pay extra for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone compatibility, but the two systems are better than COMAND.

The Best and Worst Things

One of the best things about the CLA-Class is that it brings Mercedes-Benz affordability to more buyers. But it does so at a cost, particularly its base package with vinyl seats and front-wheel drive. Still, if you can package this model wisely, you should be able to leave the dealership without spending more than $40,000.

Right For? Wrong For?

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

If you’re looking for an affordable luxury model, the CLA-Class is worth a look. But hold on: the Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan arrives in early 2019 and it may be the better choice for you. At the same time, if you’re looking for a sporty luxury compact, the CLA-Class may not possess the performance chops you want at a price you can afford. The AMG CLA 45 is an option, but it costs north of $50,000.

The Bottom Line

It may have four doors, but the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is ideal for two people. Its style is outstanding, performance is fairly good, while its interior can stand a few options to bring it up to snuff. All in all, this Mercedes supplies an affordable gateway to this storied German brand.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 208 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
7-spd sequential shift control auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
24 / 37 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 208 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
24 / 37 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.2 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$50
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
182.3 "
Exterior Width
70.0 "
Exterior Height
56.6 "
Front Headroom
38.2 " / 37.0 "
Rear Headroom
35.4 " / 35.6 "
Front Legroom
40.2 "
Rear Legroom
27.1 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.0 "
Rear Shoulder Room
53.2 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,274 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
17.0 " Silver Aluminum / 17.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Amg Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Bumpers
Body-colored
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar
Rear Spoiler
Lip
Exhaust
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Seating
Passenger Capacity
5
Seat Trim
Mb-tex Leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(10-way Power)
Front Armrests
(10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Comand Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 12 Harman/kardon
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Light
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
3
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Driver And Passenger
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Parking Pilot Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Immobilizer
Warranty
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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