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2022 CLA 250 Coupe Base 4dr Front-Wheel Drive
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Price:   -  From $38,200
2022 CLA 250 Coupe Base 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $40,200
2022 AMG CLA 35 Base Coupe 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $47,900
2022 AMG CLA 45 Base Coupe 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Price:   -  From $55,900


What's New

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.

Engine Choices

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.

Engine TypeHorsepowerTorqueFuel Economy (Combined)
2.0 turbo221 hp258 lb-ft

25/36/29 MPG (FWD)

24/33/27 (AWD)

AMG 35302 hp295 lb-ft21/29/24 MPG
AMG 45382 hp354 lb-ft20/29/23 MPG

Passenger and Cargo Capacity

Cargo capacity for the five-seater CLA Coupe stands at 11.6 cu ft with the rear seats in place.

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Safety Features

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.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 – MSRP From $39,250

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.

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA 35 – MSRP From $48,950

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.

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 – MSRP From $56,950

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.

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CarsDirect Tip

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.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 221 HP / 258 ft.lbs.
7-spd sequential shift control auto-shift man w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
25 / 36 / 30 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
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
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
25 / 36 / 30 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
13.5 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
11.6 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
184.6 "
Exterior Width
72.0 "
Exterior Height
56.7 "
Front Headroom
38.5 "
Rear Headroom
35.7 "
Front Legroom
41.8 "
Rear Legroom
33.9 "
Front Shoulder Room
55.1 "
Rear Shoulder Room
54.0 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
3,362 Lbs.
Wheel Base
107 "
Turning Radius
18.1 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Silver Aluminum / 18.0 " Machined W/painted Accents Aluminum / 19.0 " Silver Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " Black Amg Aluminum
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger / Power Remote Heated Driver
Body-colored With Metal-look Insert / Body-colored With Black Insert
Grille Moldings
With Chrome Bar
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel With Polished Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Mb-tex Leatherette / Leather / Mb-tex/dinamica Simulated Suede/leatherette
Front Seat Type
Sport Bucket
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
10-way (8-way Power) / 12-way (10-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
10-way (8-way Power) / 12-way (10-way Power)
Front Armrests
10-way (8-way Power) / 12-way (10-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Center With Pass-thru
Rear Seats
40-20-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm/hd, Seek-scan / Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
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 Sport
Climate Control
Automatic Air Conditioning
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
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
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Active Brake Assist With Autonomous Emergency Braking Forward Collision Mitigation / Active Brake Assist With Cross-traffic Function Forward Collision Mitigation W/cross Traffic
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot / Active Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Active Steering Assist Hands-on Steering Assist / Hands-on (with Lane Change) Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Active Brake Assist 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
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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