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2020 CLA 250 Base 4dr Front-wheel Drive Coupe
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Price:   -  From $36,650
2020 CLA 250 Base 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Coupe Price:   -  From $38,650
2020 AMG CLA 35 Coupe Base 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $46,900
2020 AMG CLA 45 Coupe Base 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $54,800
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Overview

What's New

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class gets a makeover for the new model year, starting with the sheet metal. The four-door coupe’s curves get smoother, covering a frame that’s a couple of inches longer and wider than the outgoing model. The interior gets a floating infotainment screen running the brand’s latest MBUX software, and the base engine gets a power boost.

All those upgrades come at a price. The CLA’s starting price rises by over $3,500, making it less of an affordable entry point for Mercedes. The price jump may be an effort to differentiate the CLA-Class from its new family of siblings: the diminutive A-Class, the hatchback-esque GLA-Class, and the crossover GLB-Class.

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

The CLA-Class comes in three trims: CLA 250, AMG CLA 35, and AMG CLA 45. The CLA 250 starts at $37,645 including destination, the AMG CLA 35 is priced from $47,895, and pricing for the AMG CLA 45 hasn't been announced as of this writing.

Engine Choices

Every Mercedes CLA has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine under its hood. Depending on how much you’re willing to pay, Mercedes will crank up the turbo to boost performance.

Engine TypeTrim LevelHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0L Turbo 4-CylinderCLA 250221 hp258 lb-ft28 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-CylinderAMG CLA 35302 hp295 lb-ft25 mpg
2.0L Turbo 4-CylinderAMG CLA 45382 hp354 lb-ftNot Yet Rated

The lower two trims use a seven-speed automatic transmission, but the AMG CLA 45 gets an extra cog. Front-wheel drive is standard on the base CLA 250. All-wheel drive is a $2,000 option there, but it’s standard on the AMG models.

It’s seriously fast, too – Mercedes estimates that the fastest CLA will do 0-60 mph in four seconds.

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

All CLA-Class cars seat up to five passengers, though doing so may be a squeeze. The 2020 model gets more legroom than the previous generation, but at 33.9 inches in the second row, it’s not exactly spacious. The rear headroom stays at 35.7 inches, which is even less than rivals like the Audi A3.

The new CLA also loses 1.5 cubic feet of trunk space, leaving just 11.6 cubic feet. That’s better than some competitors, but only average for a compact sedan. The rear seats do fold down for extra room.

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Safety Features

The new Mercedes CLA-Class comes with a decent suite of active safety tech. Automatic emergency braking and forward-collision warning are included, as are LED lights and a driver attention monitor.

The available Driver Assistance Package ($2,250) additionally adds adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, lane change assist, speed limit assist, and more. Meanwhile, the Parking Assistance Package ($1,090) brings a surround-view camera system and an automated parking system. Blind-spot monitoring is available by itself for $550.

Connectivity

The CLA starts with a pair of 7-inch screens. One is a configurable instrument cluster for the driver, while the other is a touchscreen controlling the brand’s MBUX software. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, HD radio, and five USB ports are standard. The user interface also uses a touchpad in the center console; it’s also gesture-compatible if you prefer to touch nothing at all.

The Premium Package ($1,650) upgrades to dual 10.25-inch screens, alongside blind-spot monitoring, power-folding side mirrors, and auto-dimming mirrors. The bigger screens are standard on the AMG trims.

Navigation is available through the Multimedia Package ($1,150). A wireless charging pad is $200, while a head-up display is $1,100.

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CLA 250 - From $37,645

Although not as affordable as the 2019 model, the new CLA 250 comes with a respectable set of luxury features. These include synthetic leather upholstery, 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic roof, power front seats with memory, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

If you want to upgrade the interior, real leather is $1,450, heated and ventilated front seats are $1,030, a heated steering wheel is $250, and a Burmester audio system is $850. If comfort is the priority, an adaptive damping system is another $850.

AMG CLA 35 - From $47,895

Most of the AMG CLA 35’s price premium buys its extra horsepower. In this tune, the four-cylinder engine can send the CLA from 0-60 in 4.6 seconds. The CLA 35 gets a sport suspension, the larger infotainment screens, ambient interior lighting, and all-wheel drive as standard.

AMG CLA 45 - Not Yet Announced

The AMG CLA 45 uses the same engine architecture as the lower trims, but the turbocharger and exhaust manifold are repositioned for better aerodynamics and performance. The result is another 80 horsepower over the CLA 35, complemented by an especially aggressive body kit. The CLA 45 gets six AMG drive modes, and the wheels swell to 19 inches.

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The 2020 Mercedes CLA is no longer a budget buy, but it’s pretty enough to be desirable anyway. We’d add the extra safety features and the larger screens, and we’d spring for an AMG if possible.

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Expert Review

Pros
  • Loads of tech
  • Handsome styling
  • Stout performance
Cons
  • Tiny trunk
  • Cramped rear seat
  • Higher price tag
Expert Rating
3.4 (Good)

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: 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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Stylish, grown-up design. The all-new 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class gets styling from the more expensive and larger Mercedes CLS-Class to help separate it from the Mercedes A-Class, the brand's new entry point. The CLA still manages to look like its own model, but now fits in with the automaker’s more prestigious vehicles, instead of looking like an outcast.

Maintaining its coupe-forward design, the CLA features a roofline that has a gentle arc to it. In addition to that small design element, the CLA also has a stubby rear end, a low ride height, and a built-in spoiler to create flowing lines that blend in with sporty elements. The front end goes from being cutesy to muscular with narrower headlights, a smaller grille, and more prominent lines on the hood.

The interior gets a massive makeover, too, moving away from lackluster materials and hard plastics to nicer, high-quality products. An entirely redesigned dashboard now encompasses Mercedes’ wide-screen displays, a less cluttered center console, and cleaner lines. The redesign has seen the CLA go from being an entry-level luxury sedan to a stylish and high-tech vehicle that’s worthy of the three-pointed star.

A major tech upgrade. For the 2020 model year, Mercedes has drastically increased the number of tech consumers will find in the CLA. Standard features now include a 7-inch touchscreen, smartphone compatibility for both Apple and Android users, a total of five USB ports, and an excellent MBUX infotainment system. At the CLA’s starting price point, seeing these features is a surprise.

Optional features are just as impressive. Mercedes offers a 10.25-inch touchscreen, an augmented video for the navigation system, a Burmester surround-sound system, a head-up display, and wireless charging. Gone are the days when you’d have to upgrade to a higher model to get the latest tech.


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Lively engines. There are a total of three available engines, with two of them being offered by AMG. While the base CLA 250’s power rating of 221 horsepower may not impress in a straight line, the smoothness of the overall drivetrain and the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission will.

Mercedes updated the CLA’s suspension and electric power steering system to ensure the sedan provides a more lavish ride. For an even more luxurious experience, the CLA is now available with adaptive dampers that straddle the line of being firm and refined. It’s a massive improvement over last year’s model.

If you’d like more power, the AMG CLA 35 ups the ante with 302 hp. The bump in power results in a 0-60 mph time that’s 1.7 seconds quicker than the regular CLA 250. The AMG CLA 35 also adds three-mode stability control, all-wheel drive, larger brakes, and more drive modes. All of these things add up to a CLA that’s just as smooth and comfortable, but much more capable.

The AMG CLA 45 puts out 382 horsepower and even more performance components. This range-topping model will be able to get to 60 mph from a standstill in just 4.1 seconds. Six drive modes and a fully variable AWD system also help it stand out.

Don’t expect comfortable quarters. Mercedes calls the CLA a coupe, despite the model having four doors. What it ends up being is a funny way of saying that the CLA doesn’t have the same amount of interior space as a traditional sedan.

While the new CLA has more interior space than last year’s model, it’s still not what we’d call spacious. Rear legroom is up, now measuring in at 33.9 inches, but headroom is still an issue.

Measuring in at just 11.6 cubic feet of space, the CLA has even less cargo space than last year’s sedan. The drop in trunk space is what allowed Mercedes to add more room in the second row, but the drop means that the sedan isn’t something you’d want to take for a trip to the beach.

Final thoughts. The 2020 Mercedes CLA-Class fixes a lot of issues with the previous model. It has a more comfortable ride, more tech, a better-looking design, and continues to come with peppy engines. The seven-speed dual-clutch transmission has been updated too, resulting in a more comfortable driving experience.

We’re happy with all of the changes Mercedes has made, but the issues we have are the same ones we had with the old model. While you’ll find more interior space in the new CLA, it’s still not super comfortable for passengers in the back. Seeing a smaller trunk than last year is infuriating, as it makes the CLA even less practical.

As far as competitors go, the BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe is the most obvious rival. It’s more affordable, has a more powerful base engine, and a trunk that measures in at 15.1 cubic feet of space. The Audi A3 has a more traditional sedan body, more space for passengers in the back, a more powerful base engine, and a slightly larger trunk.

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Specs & Features

Highlights
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 221 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Transmission
Standard: 7-spd sequential shift control auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 221 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Front-wheel
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 35 / 30 Mpg
Brakes
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Strut
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
$51
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
13.1 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
184.6 "
Exterior Width
72.0 "
Exterior Height
56.7 "
Front Headroom
40.2 "
Rear Headroom
35.7 "
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
3,362 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
Wheels
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Amg Aluminum
Paint
Clearcoat Monotone / Pearlcoat Monotone / Matte Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger / Power Remote Heated Driver
Bumpers
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Body-colored With Black Insert / Front Body-colored With Carbon Fibre Insert
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 / Mb-tex/dinamica Simulated Suede/leatherette / Leather
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(8-way Power)
Front Armrests
(8-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Radio
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Speakers
8 / 12 Burmester
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt / Telescopic Tilt Style
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
Active Brake Assist With Autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation / Pre-safe Plus Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Active Brake Assist Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Attention Assist Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Highbeam Assist (aha) Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Active Parking Assist Automated
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
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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