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2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

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24 MPG City / 32--37 MPG Hwy
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2018 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


Expert Rating

4.6/ 5

Consumer Rating

4.6/ 5


What's New in the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250?

Nothing of any significance, just a couple of special editions with pre-selected options packages.

Which CLA 250 is the Best?

Even though the CLA 45 is an absolute star, the majority of CLA buyers are probably looking for what might be their first-ever Mercedes-Benz car, so the only major choice regarding the CLA 250 is whether to have all-wheel drive or not. The blind spot monitoring system is strongly recommended, though, because rear three-quarter vision is affected by the wide rear pillars. In fact, go for as much safety equipment as possible.

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How Much Does a 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Cost?

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class starts out with the CLA 250 ($33,695), which comes standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, power-adjustable front seats with memory, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, an 8-inch infotainment display with the Comand interface, Bluetooth and leatherette upholstery (called MB-Tex; sounds suspect, but looks and feels good).

The CLA 45 ($51,395) adds all-wheel drive, an AMG-tuned suspension, 18-in wheels, upgraded brakes, the stronger engine, a performance exhaust system and various AMG styling touches.

Options are plentiful and pricey. They include LED headlights, keyless entry, parking assistance, blind spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, an adjustable suspension, Harman Kardon audio, ambient cabin lighting, navigation, voice control, heated seats, a panoramic sunroof, a hands-free powered trunk lid, real leather upholstery and an Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration package.

The CLA 45 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, "Race" mode and a 167-mph top speed.

CLA 250 Trims

SedanOriginal MSRP / PriceEngineHorsepowerCity MPG / Hwy MPGTransmissionDrive
CLA-Class CLA 250 4MATIC Coupe$34,700 / $32,2714 Cylinder Turbo20824 / 327-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD
CLA-Class CLA 250 Coupe$32,700 / $30,4114 Cylinder Turbo20824 / 377-Speed Shiftable AutomaticFWD / AWD4WD

Is the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 a Safe Car?

Standard protection includes stability control, antilock disc brakes, nine airbags (front, front-side thorax, front-side pelvis, driver 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 forward-collision mitigation system with automatic braking are also standard. Notable safety options include rear side airbags, blind spot monitoring, lane-keeping assistance and adaptive cruise control with enhanced automatic braking.

The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) has not crash-tested the CLA fully at this time, but it describes the car's front-impact prevention capability as "Superior" when the optional driver aids are included.

The CLA hasn't been subjected to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) crash-test program either. 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.

5 Year Cost to Own

$43,610 ($0.58 per mile)

5-Year Cost to Own includes out of pocket expenses like fuel and insurance, plus the cars loss in value over time (depreciation)See Detailed Cost to Own

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
  • Alarm System
  • Telematics
  • Vehicle Anti-Theft System
  • Interior Pkg
  • Premium Pkg
  • AMG Line Pkg
  • Ice Edition
  • AMG Line Exterior Pkg
  • Night Pkg
  • Convenience Pkg
  • Multimedia Pkg
  • Driver Assistance Pkg


2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs the competition

2018 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.

2018 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.

2018 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 (CPO) warranty.

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