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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

Original MSRP Range
$47,450 - $47,450
Available Style(s)
Sedan
MPG
23 - 23 MPG City / 31 - 31 MPG Hwy
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2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

What We Like

Punchy, responsive performance; sharp, fresh styling; a fresh alternative to the usual high-performance suspects

What We Don't

Front-biased power distribution takes away the traditional high-horsepower, tail-sliding hot rod appeal; though reasonably well-equipped, items such as a rearview camera should be standard; unproven reliability record may hamper confidence among some car buyers

Ratings

Expert Rating

3.9/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5

Overview

What's New in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG?

The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is all-new and based on the just-introduced CLA-Class platform

Which CLA 45 AMG is the Best?

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG has few direct competitors from other manufacturers offering comparable performance for the price, boding well for this stylish small sedan. Though it lacks a spacious rear seating area and may feel less plush than its high-dollar stablemates, the CLA45 should satisfy most new car buyers looking for a powerful and capable 4-door that won't break the bank.

Unlike the entry level CLA250, the CLA45 AMG is finished with a more generous list of standard items, including leather upholstery and sporty bodywork. That said, we'd suggest opting for a Multimedia Package and calling it a day; after all, this small sedan stands out for nailing the high-performance niche, and CLA45 AMG shoppers are likely more focused on its athletic abilities than luxurious bells and whistles. 

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How Much Does a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Cost?

The 2014 CLA45 AMG ($48,375) comes in one trim level only, and its MSRP represents a $18,475 premium over the standard CLA250 model. The CLA45 AMG comes with features such as HD radio, sport seats with a 14-way adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth audio, ambient interior lighting and split folding rear seats. Standard safety features include attention assist, LED daytime running headlights and collision-prevention assist.

Cosmetic exterior options include 19-inch AMG wheels in silver or black ($850), a panorama roof ($1,480) and a carbon fiber package ($3,700). Inside, aluminum trim is standard, while burl walnut, black ash or carbon fiber accents run an extra $325. AMG performance front seats ($2,250) add a layer of sportiness to the cabin, while top-stitched MB-Tex simulation leather on the upper dash and door areas add $1,500 to the MSRP, and a performance steering wheel can be had for $500. 

The Premium Package ($2,300) offers dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a Harman Kardon Logic7 surround sound system and SiriusXM radio, while a Multimedia Package ($2,370) includes a rearview camera, an 80-gig navigation system with a 7-in screen and heated seats that can be ordered a la carte for $850.

A Driver Assistance Package ($2,500) adds adaptive cruise control, blind spot assist, lane-keeping assist and collision-prevention assist plus. If you're unsatisfied with the off-the-shelf AMG suspension, an AMG Driver's Package ($1,950) delivers stiffer suspension with 19-in wheels, red brake calipers and a higher top speed. The self-parking Parktronic system runs $970, while the AMG performance exhaust will cost you $450. Blind spot assist can be ordered solo for $550. 

CLA 45 AMG Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CLA-Class 4dr Sdn CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC$47,450 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo35523 / 317-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD

Is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG a Safe Car?

The CLA45 AMG has 10 airbags, advanced crumple zones, a chassis that incorporates ultra-high tensile steel for additional crash protection and numerous optional safety items outlined above.

Neither the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety nor the National Highway Safety Transportation Administration has crash-tested the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class.

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 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
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Blind-Spot Alert

Competition

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG vs the competition

Audi S3 -- Not quite an apples-to-apples competitor against the CLA45, this upcoming compact sport sedan packs less heat (290 hp) and is more than 8 inches shorter than the Benz. But it will also run for about $6,000 less than the AMG, making it a smaller and lower-performance (but rather attractive) alternative to the CLA45 AMG.

BMW 335i -- It lacks the all-out performance of the CLA45 AMG, but the $43,400 Bimmer is likely to draw some CLA45 shoppers with its proven record, balanced road manners and prestigious nameplate.

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG -- This soon-to-be-defunct AMG model may sit directly on top of the CLA45 in the Mercedes-Benz lineup (and eclipse the CLA with its $60,250 entry price), but with discounts likely reaching this outgoing model, we wouldn't be surprised if its higher performance lured some would-be CLA45 buyers.

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