There are no mechanical changes for 2022 on the CLA luxury coupe, though Mercedes-Benz has tweaked the AMG models by adding extra USB sockets, a new rose gold paint color, and a black-accented Night body kit package.
Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
Your choice of 2022 CLA Coupe hinges on whether you want an AMG-branded performance version or the standard 250 model, which starts at $39,250 (all prices include destination) with front-wheel drive or $41,250 as a 4MATIC AWD model.
The CLA 35 and 45 Coupes are AWD-only, costing $48,950 and $56,950 respectively, bringing extra performance but few specification improvements.
Every 2022 CLA Coupe is powered by the same two-liter gas engine, though AMG models benefit from significant enhancements. In its standard form, this engine generates 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque.
Power is supplied to either the front or all four wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, returning an EPA-estimated 25 miles per gallon city, 36 mpg highway, and 29 combined in FWD mode. AWD economy drops to 24/33/27 MPG.
The AWD-only AMG 35 model features an enhanced engine generating 302 HP and 295 lb-ft of torque, while the handcrafted twin-scroll turbo engine in AMG 45 models produces 382 HP and 354 lb-ft via an AMG eight-speed transmission. Fuel economy for the 35 stands at 21/29/24 MPG, while the 45’s numbers are 20/29/23 MPG respectively.
|Fuel Economy (Combined)
25/36/29 MPG (FWD)
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Cargo capacity for the five-seater CLA Coupe stands at 11.6 cu ft with the rear seats in place.
Safety has been comprehensively addressed, and every CLA comes with active braking assistance and adaptive braking technology, hill-start assistance and driver attention monitoring, plus eight airbags.
There’s assistance with blind spots and crosswinds, while the wipers activate automatically, and LED daytime running lights complement LED headlamps and taillamps. AMG models receive a three-stage stability program and four-wheel electronic traction control as well.
Infotainment improves as you progress up the range. CLA 250 models come with a brace of seven-inch displays including a touchscreen multimedia system, additionally controllable through a new-generation touchpad and voice control with natural language understanding.
There’s smartphone integration alongside HD radio, USB-C sockets, and Bluetooth streaming. On AMG models, both screens increase to 10.25 inches, but there are no other changes to the infotainment system. Disappointingly, navigation is a cost option even on flagship models.
There are some notable omissions from the standard CLA’s specification list, though the driver and front passenger get to sit in sports seats with power and three-position memory. A panoramic roof and LED ambient lighting illuminate a cabin with dual-zone climate, heated power side mirrors, and cruise control. Comfort suspension is standard on this model, too.
Adding navigation costs $1,300 on any CLA model, while the $1,750 Premium Package brings the AMG models’ twin 10.25-inch screens into the cabin in tandem with auto-dimming and power-folding mirrors.
It’s hard to argue with the $1,300 Driver Assistance Package’s ten active safety features, including steering assistance, emergency stopping, lane changing, and blind-spot support. You’ll also have to pay $500 for heated front seats, plus an additional $450 to enjoy ventilation as well.
The most noticeable difference on AMG 35 models is the inclusion of two 10.25-inch display screens, forming a continuous sweep along the upper dash. Otherwise, the only upgrades relate to mechanical improvements in the engine, transmission and standard AWD system, with larger 18-inch AMG wheels fitted as standard.
Gesture control is a $250 option on AMG 35 models, with a head-up display costing $1,100 and navigation still a $1,300 upgrade.
Offering hands-free access and keyless go, AMG 45 models are otherwise distinguished by 19-inch wheels. Enhanced engines and AWD systems rely on an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission to apply their power to the road.
The prospect of spending $3,470 on multi-contoured AMG front seats makes the 12-speaker Burmester sound system seem like great value at $850. Navigation, gesture control, and a head-up display are all added-cost options.
With few specification upgrades as you work up the range, the base 250 model resembles compelling value for anyone who’s not concerned about standing quarter-mile times. We would recommend adding the Driver Assistance pack, which dramatically improves safety.