MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ CLA AMG COUPE CLA 35 Premium 4Matic 4dr Tip Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2185 g/km

The CLA Coupe - a rather different kind of Mercedes. This second generation version, like the model that inspired it, is compact and coupe-like, yet has four doors and a decent boot. And it'll set the neighbours talking far more than if you simply bought yet another mid-sized German-badged executive saloon. It's a model to challenge your preconceptions, that's for sure.

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In second generation form, the four-door CLA Coupe continues to inject an extra dose of style into Mercedes' compact model line-up. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

The CLA Coupe - a rather different kind of Mercedes. This second generation version, like the model that inspired it, is compact and coupe-like, yet has four doors and a decent boot. And it'll set the neighbours talking far more than if you simply bought yet another mid-sized German-badged executive saloon. It's a model to challenge your preconceptions, that's for sure.

Background

Never underestimate the power of emotional appeal. It's brought us cars like this one, this second generation Mercedes CLA Coupe. We first saw the original version of this four-door coupe in 2013, that design followed by an equally trendy 'Shooting Brake' estate version a couple of years later. This replacement continues in much the same vein: so it's A-Class-based, which means that it's front-driven - unlike the kind of Mercedes C-Class saloon you could buy for very similar money. A C-Class would give you much more rear seat room and boot space, but a CLA will make a much more overt car park statement - which for its intended audience will be all that really matters. This MK2 model is a little bigger and much more sophisticated than its predecessor. And, as before, it comes in the four-door Coupe form we're going to look at here - or in 'Shooting Brake' estate guise.

Driving Experience

Mercedes markets this car as a 'sporty' alternative to its more conventional C-Class saloon. The CLA Coupe's sporty styling leads you to expect that. Though this car shares its chassis, steering and braking architecture with A and B-Class models, it does get its own suspension set-up, with various changes made to improve comfort and make it a bit less crashy over poorer surfaces. There's torque vectoring to help with the handling and 'Direct Steering' to sharpen things up at the helm. The range kicks off with CLA 180 and CLA 200 variants that both use a 1.3-litre petrol engine co-developed with Renault and are respectively capable of producing either 136hp and 200Nm of torque or 163hp and 250Nm. There's also a plug-in hybrid, the CLA 250e, which uses a 1.33-litre engine mated to a 15.6kWh battery with a system output of 218hp and an all-electric driving range of up to 49 miles (NEDC). Beyond that lies another petrol-powered front-driven variant, the CLA 250, which uses a 2.0-litre engine and can generate 224hp and 350Nm. You can also talk to your dealer about a 190hp diesel-powered CLA 220d variant. All petrol models use a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission (it's an 8-speeder in the diesel). There are also two high performance Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre turbo petrol models, the CLA 35 4MATIC (with 306hp) and the top CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (with 421hp).

Design and Build

By any measure, this is a handsome car, purposeful, with sporting proportions and a potent long stretched bonnet. Hi-tech too, with jewel-like LED daytime running lamps fashioned to create a flare effect around the diamond-shaped grille. It's not just about aesthetics either. The combination of the long, stretched entry line above the windows and frameless doors give the CLA Coupe a sporty and elegant character. And the super-sleek drag factor makes this one of the most aerodynamic production cars you can buy. The cabin's very similar to that of an A-Class - which these days is a very good thing indeed. The designers have completely dispensed with the usual instrument binnacle cowl, so as a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The widescreen display is completely free-standing. And the lower section of the fascia is visually separated from the main body of the instrument cluster by what the designers call a 'trench', and it appears to float in front of the instrument cluster. The standard ambient lighting enhances this effect and the air vents, finished in a sporty 'turbine-look' are another highlight. There's a 460-litre boot, but if that's not enough, talk to your dealer about the CLA-Class Shooting Brake estate variant. Here, there's a 505-litre boot (which is 10-litres larger than the previous generation model).

Market and Model

CLA Coupe prices start at just over £31,000 and rise to around £58,000, which leave this car right in Mercedes C-Class saloon territory. Think in terms of a premium of around £1,000 to get yourself the Shooting Brake estate version you can ask your dealer about. There's a choice of three trim levels - 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'. Even base 'AMG Line' models come decently equipped, standard kit including the MBUX multimedia system that includes 'Hey Mercedes' voice recognition and is accessed through a 10.25-inch centre-dash touchscreen. This incorporates navigation, a DAB radio and smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a 7-inch digital cockpit display, LED high performance headlights, privacy glass, Thermotronic luxury two-zone automatic climate control, a Parking package and heated front seats with leather upholstery. Standard safety features include Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist. 'AMG Line Premium' trim adds a larger 10.25-inch digital cockpit display, a dash cam, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours and keyless entry. Finally 'AMG Line Premium Plus' spec adds a panoramic sliding sunroof, Multibeam LED headlights, memory seats for the driver and front passenger and an 'Energizing pack' which uses a number of the car's systems to boost driver fitness and wellbeing.

Cost of Ownership

You'd expect such an aerodynamic production car to deliver an ultra-competitive set of running costs, so let's get to the WLTP figures. The CLA 180 and CLA 200 Coupe variants can deliver up to 46.3mpg on the combined cycle. The CLA 180 emits 124g/km of CO2 and the CLA 200 emits 123g/km. And the CLA 250 can deliver up to 41.5mpg and emit 135g/km of CO2. The CLA 220d diesel manages up to 57.7mpg and 110g/km. What else? Well it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional 'Service Care' package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash. There's also an ASSYST dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. It's also worth mentioning that the included 'Mercedes me' connect services package includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling your CLA to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.

Summary

If you're in the market for a compact, prestigiously-badged stylised saloon and like the look of this one, then nothing I'm going to say here is likely to dissuade you away from CLA Coupe motoring. Unlike Mercedes, I think this car does have some direct rivals, but I'd agree that there is quite a lot that's unique about the way it looks. This design really is a breath of fresh air in what can otherwise be rather a staid market sector. Which is why it's very likely to sell as intended - to people who never intended to drive a Mercedes. Younger folk who don't care about the abandonment of the rear wheel drive layout that was once considered conditional for a car of this type. They'll probably care just as little about the rear seat packaging compromises and the rather firm ride. They might not even mind the premium pricing. It's all about emotional appeal you see, as I said at the beginning.

  • Electric windows
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window

  • Front brake calipers with AMG lettering
  • Perforated front brake discs
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • ESP curve dynamic assist

  • Floor mats with stitched AMG lettering

  • AMG suspension

  • Bluetooth connection
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Wireless charging
  • Hard-disk navigation

  • Active lane keeping assist
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with driving programs (Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • Direct steer system with speed sensitive power steering
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • Remote and charging services plus

  • Car wash mode
  • ECO start/stop function

  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limit assist
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • Digital instrument cluster with three AMG display styles and AMG menu
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • 10.25 inch Instrument display with digital cockpit
  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display
  • Pre-installation of private car share

  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators

  • Light aluminium with longitudinal grain interior trim

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Mercedes Benz advanced sound system (225 W) with 10 speakers, 1 central speaker, speakers on doors, a tweeter on door,one sub woofer + boost amplifier
  • USB (type C) ports (2) in stowage compartment and 1 in front of centre console

  • Front splitter and trim elements on the louvres in the outer air inlets in silver chrome
  • AMG Front apron with flics as air deflector elements on the outer air intakes
  • AMG Rear apron with specific diffuser look with four vertical fins and two round chrome plated tailpipe trim elements with a diameter of 90 mm
  • Front wings with TURBO 4MATIC lettering
  • AMG radiator grille with twin blade lamella and AMG Lettering
  • Beltline strips in High gloss Black
  • Window line trim strip in high gloss black
  • AMG body styling with AMG front apron and rear apron and visible exhaust tailpipe in chrome trim elements
  • AMG Sports exhaust system with two round tailpipes attached in rear apron
  • Automatically controlled exhaust flap
  • AMG bodystyling side skirts
  • Chrome weather strip
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers

  • Rear fog lamp
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • High level LED third brake light

  • Air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display

  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • AMG Performance steering wheel in nappa leather
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Black roof lining
  • Illuminated front door sills with changeable cover
  • Silver coloured aluminium gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Rear armrest with two integral cup holders for drinks

  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting

  • Mirror pack - CLA
  • Parking package - CLA
  • AMG Night package - CLA 35/45
  • Keyless go pack - CLA
  • Seat comfort pack - CLA
  • Light and sight pack - CLA

  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Black seat belts
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Rear head restraints
  • Sport seats with fixed head restraints

  • Urban guard vehicle protection system with immobiliser and interior protection
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

  • Rear axle multi-link
  • 7G-DCT 7 speed automatic transmission

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres
  • Wheel arches wider for AMG wheels

  • 19" AMG multi-spoke high gloss black painted light alloy wheels with high sheen finish

  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 70
  • CO: 0.323
  • HC: 0.021
  • NOx: 0.015
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0001
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 185
  • CO2 (g/km): 167
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 1991

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 30.1
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 46.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 38.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 24.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 11.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.1

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 42E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 12500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 306
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Premium
  • Coin Description: 4 MATIC
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30

  • Engine Power - KW: 225
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5800
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 295
  • Engine Torque - NM: 400
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 3000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 306
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.9
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 40.8

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/40 R18
  • Wheel Style: AMG MULTI SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 1999
  • Height: 1404
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4695
  • Width: 1834
  • Wheelbase: 2729

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1615
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2115
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 460
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1800
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Max. Loading Weight: 500
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.5

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Metallic paint: £595
  • Designo Magno Paint: £1,795
  • Designo metallic paint: £795
  • Additional solid paint: £595

  • Leather pack - CLA: Included
  • AMG Leather pack - CLA: £0

  • Metallic - Digital white: £595
  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Denim blue: £595
  • Metallic - Iridium silver: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595

  • Solid - Polar white: £0
  • Solid - Sun yellow: £595

  • Designo metallic - Patagonia red: £795
  • Designo Magno - Mountain grey: £1,795

  • Leather pack - Bahia brown/Black with contrast stitching on dashboard and on door panel + door panel beltlines: £0
  • Leather pack - Black with contrast stitching on dashboard and on door panel + door panel beltlines: £0
  • AMG leather pack - Two tone leather - Classic red/Black with contrast stitching on dashboard + door panel beltlines: £0
  • AMG leather pack - Two tone leather - Titanium grey pearl/Black with contrast stitching on dashboard and on door panel + door panel beltlines: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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