Reasonable base price for a Mercedes-Benz; decent fuel economy; safety features; enthusiastic acceleration and handling; AMG model's performance
So-so interior materials; tight back seat; outward vision not ideal; pricey options
Nothing of any significance, just a couple of special editions with pre-selected options packages.
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.
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.
|Basic||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||4 Years/50,000 Miles|
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 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.