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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

Original MSRP Range
$32,400 - $34,400
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
23 - 24 MPG City / 32 - 36 MPG Hwy
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2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

What We Like

Reasonable base price for a Mercedes-Benz; decent fuel economy; safety features; enthusiastic acceleration and handling; AMG model's performance

What We Don't

So-so interior materials; tight back seat; outward vision not ideal; pricey options

Ratings

Expert Rating

4.6/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250?

Although still a relative newcomer, the 2017 CLA already sports a mid-generation refresh with tweaks to the styling of the nose and tail, along with new designs for the alloy wheels. The interior has also received some attention -- the touchscreen is larger by an inch, the instrument gauges have been redesigned, and there are new seat covers and trim pieces. A rearview camera is now standard. Joining the options list is a hands-free power trunk lid, LED headlamps and smartphone integration through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The official name for the higher-performance version is the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45.

Which CLA 250 is the Best?

If your budget allows, go for the CLA45 -- it really is a standout machine. If not, get the CLA250, and be discerning when selecting the options. With any CLA, the blind spot monitoring system is a worthwhile investment.

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How Much Does a 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Cost?

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class starts out with the CLA250 ($33,325), which comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels (a Sport package adds 18-in alloys and an aero body kit), push-button start, power adjustable front seats with driver's-side memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, an 8-in infotainment display with the Comand interface, Bluetooth and leatherette upholstery (called MB-Tex, which sounds suspect, but it looks and feels good).

The CLA45 AMG ($50,875) adds all-wheel drive, an AMG-tuned suspension, 18-in wheels, upgraded brakes, a stronger engine, a performance exhaust system and various AMG styling touches.

Options are plentiful and pricey. They include LED headlights, keyless entry, parking assistance, Harman Kardon audio, navigation, voice control, heated seats, panoramic sunroof, a hands-free power trunk lid, real leather upholstery and a Smartphone Integration package.

The CLA250 can be ordered with a sport-tuned suspension, while the CLA45 is also eligible for 19-in wheels, carbon-fiber accents, sport front seats and a Dynamic Plus Package that includes a limited-slip front differential, AMG-tuned adaptive suspension, a Race mode and a top speed of 167 miles per hour. An AMG Dinamica package also brings faux suede around the steering wheel and on the dash.

CLA 250 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CLA CLA 250 4MATIC Coupe$34,400 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo20823 / 327-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CLA CLA 250 Coupe$32,400 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo20824 / 367-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 a Safe Car?

Standard protection includes stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, nine airbags (front, front side-thorax, front side-pelvis, driver's-knee and full-length side-curtain) plus Mbrace2, a telematics system that can connect to the Internet and contact emergency services if an airbag is deployed.

A rearview camera, driver-drowsiness monitor and a forward-collision mitigation system with automatic braking are also standard. Notable safety options include rear-side airbags, a blind spot monitoring system, lane-keep assist and adaptive cruise control with enhanced automatic braking.

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety has crash-tested the CLA at this time. However, Mercedes-Benz conducts its own stringent tests, so there's no reason to think the CLA will ruin the company'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
Accident Prevention
  • Bluetooth, Hands-Free
  • Rearview Camera
Security
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
Packages
  • Premium Pkg
  • Sport Pkg Plus
  • Sport Pkg
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Multimedia Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Lane Keep Assist

Competition

2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs the competition

2017 Acura ILX -- The Civic-derived ILX is an affordable alternative to the CLA. It lacks the Benz's turbocharged urgency but enjoys a fine reputation for dependability.

2017 Audi A3 -- Audi's smallest sedan is a bit short on power (except for the high-performance S3), but it's perky enough. Its interior is also nicer than the CLA's.

2017 BMW 2 Series -- If four doors aren't really necessary, consider the sharp-handling and well-appointed 2 Series, one of the best performance bargains out there.

Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- For more space, try the previous-generation C-Class sedan, which is available at Mercedes-Benz dealers with a certified pre-owned warranty.

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