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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

Original MSRP Range
$49,500 - $49,500
Available Style(s)
23 - 23 MPG City / 31 - 31 MPG Hwy
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2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG

What We Like

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

What We Don't

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


Expert Rating

4.7/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5


What's New in the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG?

The feature formerly known as AGILITY SELECT is now called DYNAMIC SELECT. It allows the driver to choose Comfort, Sport or ECO modes by selecting preprogrammed settings for the engine, transmission and suspension. New equipment includes a Night Styling package, an adaptive suspension and a "welcome light show" for cars with the optional ambient lighting. The front seats now get extra under-thigh support. The AMG model has been boosted by 20 horsepower and 18 lb-ft of torque, and its automatic transmission has been revised to provide even faster acceleration.

Which CLA 45 AMG is the Best?

If you can afford it, go for the CLA45 AMG. It really is a standout machine. If not, then get the CLA250 and be as thrifty as possible when selecting the options.

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How Much Does a 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG Cost?

The CLA250 ($32,975) comes standard with luxuries such as 17-inch alloy wheels (a Sport package adds 18-in alloys and an aero body kit), push-button starting, power front seats with driver memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, a 7-in infotainment display with the COMAND interface, Bluetooth and leatherette upholstery (called MB-Tex -- sounds suspect but looks good).

The CLA45 AMG ($50,425) 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. Highlights include xenon headlights, keyless entry, parking assistance, Harman Kardon audio, a navigation system with an 8-in display, voice controls, heated seats, a panoramic sunroof and leather upholstery. The CLA250 can be specced with a sport-tuned suspension, while the CLA45 AMG 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, an AMG-tuned adaptive suspension, a Race mode and a top speed of 167 miles per hour.

CLA 45 AMG Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CLA 4dr Sdn AMG CLA 45 4MATIC$49,500 / N/A4 Cylinder Turbo37523 / 317-Speed Shiftable AutomaticAWD4WD

Is the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG a Safe Car?

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class comes standard with stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, nine airbags (front, front-side thorax, front-side pelvis, driver-knee and full-length side-curtain) and mbrace2, a telematics system that can connect to the Internet and contact emergency services if an airbag is deployed.

A 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 for 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.


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
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Blind-Spot Alert
  • Driver Assistance Pkg
  • Multimedia Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • Lane Depature Warning
  • Power Trunk Release


2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG vs the competition

2016 Acura ILX -- The Civic-derived ILX is an affordable alternative to the CLA. It lacks the Benz's turbocharged urgency but enjoys a reputation for dependability.

2016 Audi A3 -- Audi's smallest sedan is a bit short on power (unless you get the high-performance S3), but it's perky enough. Its interior is also nicer than the CLA's.

2016 BMW 2 Series -- If four doors aren't necessary, consider the sharp-handling and well-appointed 2 Series, one of the best performance bargains out there.

Used Mercedes-Benz C-Class -- If the CLA feels like it's missing a certain something, try the previous-generation C-Class sedan, which is widely available at Mercedes-Benz dealers with a certified pre-owned warranty.

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