The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is part of the company’s new wave. We know Mercedes is famous for rear-wheel-drive sedans, but times change, and these days, a smaller, front-wheel-drive sedan has a lot of appeal. Here are five reasons why the CLA might be the best way to get into a brand-new Benz.
Let’s get one thing straight: Just because you’re shopping for a Mercedes doesn’t mean you’re extravagant. Although the basic price has gone up slightly from last year, the CLA250 still gives you the full Mercedes ownership experience for around $32,000. That’s significantly less than the rear-drive C-Class, which used to be the entry-level Mercedes.
Awesome Fuel Economy
One thing you expect with front-wheel drive is better fuel economy, and the CLA250 doesn’t disappoint. You get an even 30 miles per gallon in mixed driving, including a lofty 38 mpg on the highway. Those are numbers we expect from lukewarm economy sedans, not a buttoned-down Mercedes. Well done!
Even the base CLA250 can definitely get out of its own way — with turbocharged 208 horsepower, it will sprint to 60 miles per hour in just 6.9 seconds, which isn’t bad for 38 mpg. But there’s also the CLA45 AMG, which has boosted performance. How does 355 hp sound? And 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds? If you want a CLA that can embarrass 6-figure supercars, the AMG is ready to roll.
Mercedes likes to call the CLA a coupe, even though it has four doors. But one look at the roofline tells us why. First and foremost, the CLA is a compact car that’s been tuned for sportiness. Its steering is quick and direct, with hardly a hint of body roll, and there’s an all-wheel-drive option, too.
Real Luxury Inside
If you’re worried that Mercedes skimped on the CLA’s cabin, don’t be. There are plenty of supple surfaces in there, along with some sporty flourishes that make the CLA a more youthful choice. It’s a premium car, no doubt about it, and that goes beyond the star on the steering wheel.
Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 the real thing? You bet it is, and it’s also the most affordable Mercedes. Sounds like a must-drive car to us.