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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Original MSRP Range
$29,900--$31,900
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
24--26 MPG City / 32--38 MPG Hwy
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

What We Like

Reasonable base price for a Mercedes-Benz; two turbochargers for the engine and seven ratios in the transmission; 13.1 cu ft of trunk space; split-folding rear seats; passenger space

What We Don't

Compromised visibility; the use of run-flat tires to save weight and space; pricey options; cheaper-looking plastics here and there in the cabin

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250?

Everything. This is a totally new model. However, the idea of "4-door coupe" has its roots in the bigger Mercedes-Benz CLS, where the roof traces a similarly sleek arc from the top of the sharply angled windshield down to the trunk lid.

Which CLA 250 is the Best?

Since there are no specific trim levels, the smartest course for a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 buyer would be to choose options while keeping a calculator close and setting a firm limit on price.

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How Much Does a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Cost?

The CLA ($30,825) is offered in just one trim level, which includes Bluetooth, 5.8-inch display screen, power front seats with memory, rain-sensing wipers, cruise control and a superb leatherette material (known as MB-Tex) as standard. Also included is mbrace2, M-B's telematics system that can connect to the Internet and contact emergency services if an airbag is deployed. There is a sliding scale of subscription plans for this feature.

Because of the aforementioned limited visibility -- rear 3-quarter views, in particular -- checking the options box that says Driver Assist package is going to be $2,500 well spent. This will bring blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control for a little extra confidence.

Many options come within packages. As well as the Driver Assist package, there's the $2,370 Multimedia pack (voice control, navigation, rearview camera, 7-in LCD screen, 10 GB of music storage, 6-disc DVD/CD player) and the $2,300 Premium pack (heated front seats, better stereo, satellite radio, iPod integration, garage door opener, auto-dimming mirrors).

Other options are a panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon/LED taillights, AMG grille, wheels and bumpers, parking assistance and various leather, wood trim and paint choices.

All-wheel drive becomes available early 2014.

CLA 250 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CLA-Class 4dr Sdn CLA 250 4MATIC$31,900 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo20824 / 327-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CLA-Class 4dr Sdn CLA 250 FWD$29,900 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo20826 / 387-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
Safety

Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 a Safe Car?

Eight airbags (including two knee airbags up front), driver-attention assist and collision-prevention assist add up to a high level of standard safety equipment.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has crash-tested the CLA at this time, but the company conducts its own stringent tests, so there's no reason to think that the CLA will ruin M-B's fine reputation for safety.

Warranty

Original Warranty

Basic4 Years/50,000 Miles
Drivetrain4 Years/50,000 Miles
Corrosion4 Years/50,000 Miles
Roadside Assistance4 Years/50,000 Miles

Safety Features & Equipment

Braking & Traction
  • 4-Wheel Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Brake Assist
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System
  • Traction Control
Passenger Restraint
  • Child Safety Locks
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Body Air Bag
  • Rear Side Curtain Airbags
  • Side Air Bag
  • Side Head Air Bag
Road Visibility
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • HID Headlights
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Multimedia Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Sport Pkg
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Edition 1
  • Sport Pkg Plus

Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs the competition

2014 Acura ILX -- The Acura falls into the newish "premium compact sedan" category and earns praise of a somewhat lukewarm nature. It's cheaper but less powerful than the CLA. It also does not return such good fuel consumption figures.

2015 Audi A3 -- Due on sale in the first half of 2014, the new generation of Audi's premium compact comes as a sedan (the outgoing model is a hatchback). This is shaping up to be the CLA's greatest rival, so kudos to M-B for coming to market first.

2013 BMW 128i Coupe -- Packing 230 hp to play with, the 128i enjoys a rear-wheel-drive setup and a sharp, poised chassis that should appeal to any enthusiast who isn't too tall. The downside is that this is an old-school 2-door coupe.

2014 MINI Cooper Clubman -- Not a coupe or a sedan, the compact MINI Cooper Clubman nevertheless has a certain prestige to go with a lot of driving fun and decent practicality. That's especially true of the range-topping John Cooper Works model.

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