MERCEDES-BENZ

MERCEDES-BENZ CLA AMG SHOOTING BRAKE CLA 45 S 4Matic+ 5dr Tip Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2203 g/km

Mercedes-Benz certainly hasn't played safe with this second generation CLA Shooting Brake, giving it the sort of bold, exciting styling that characterises its four-door Coupe stablemate. Look a little closer and you'll realise that the slinky roofline is a clever slight of hand from the stylists and there's real practicality on offer.

SHOOTING FOR THE STARS

Mercedes-Benz once again surprises us with the CLA Shooting Brake, which in this second generation form is a small estate with big aspirations. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

Mercedes-Benz certainly hasn't played safe with this second generation CLA Shooting Brake, giving it the sort of bold, exciting styling that characterises its four-door Coupe stablemate. Look a little closer and you'll realise that the slinky roofline is a clever slight of hand from the stylists and there's real practicality on offer.

Background

Like its predecessor, this second generation CLA Shooting Brake aims to offer a stylised interpretation of what a small estate should be. The original version was launched back in 2015 to sell alongside the stylised four-door coupe CLA; this MK2 model arrived in the Summer of 2019 and delivers a high-tech cabin that Mercedes reckon takes screen and infotainment technology to the next level. It gets a slightly bigger boot too.

Driving Experience

Mercedes markets this car as a 'sporty' alternative to its more conventional C-Class Estate. The CLA Shooting Brake'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

Mercedes says that the CLA Shooting Brake is 'a designer car', referring to its elegant proportions: a long bonnet, coupe-like window lines, muscular shoulders over the rear wheel arch and a supplely crouched rear, which is intended to show sports car genes. The outline of the frameless windows is identical to the outline of the Coupe's up to the B-pillar. This MK2 model is 48mm longer than the original, plus it's 53mm wider but 2mm lower. The flat headlamps, the low-slung bonnet and the diamond radiator grille with the central star mark the typical Mercedes-Benz sports car look. The interior of the passenger compartment is identical to that of the Coupe. Both CLAs offer unique cabin architecture, primarily thanks to their avant-garde instrument panel: the widescreen display is completely free-standing with no hood on the wing-shaped main body of the instrument panel. This stretches continuously from one front door to the other. At 871 millimetres, the boot opening is significantly wider than in the previous model and the luggage area is 10-litres bigger, measuring in at 505-litres.

Market and Model

Expect to pay somewhere in the £32,000 to £40,000 bracket for this CLA Shooting Brake - and anything between £40,000-£60,000 if you want one of the high performance Mercedes-AMG variants. In the mainstream range, 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

The CLA Shooting Brake almost replicates the economy and emissions figures of the saloon, which means it's very, very good indeed. The kerb weight goes up slightly and, rather surprisingly, the drag coefficent of the Shooting Brake isn't quite as good. Still, it's hard to complain when you have a practical and stylish Mercedes-Benz estate that can return WLTP figures like the ones quoted here. The CLA 180 and CLA 200 variants can deliver up to 45.6mpg on the WLTP combined cycle. The CLA 180 emits 126g/km of CO2 and the CLA 200 emits 125g/km. The CLA 250 delivers up to 40.9mpg and emits 140g/km. The CLA 220d diesel delivers up to 56.5mpg and emits 112g/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

The CLA is a key model for Mercedes. Bluntly put, it's a car that appeals to customers who'd never normally think of buying from the brand. They might feel that 'typical' Benzes are too staid and conservative, but the CLA is cut from some pretty funky cloth and the Shooting Brake is anything but traditional Stuttgart tackle. The engineering beneath the car is hard to fault, the equipment you get is impressive, the pricing looks on the button but that styling? Whether you warm to the CLA Shooting Brake in this second generation form is clearly going to depend on whether you agree with Mercedes that it delivers "a contemporary interpretation of sensual purity" or whether you think it's just too odd for words. We like it here. Your opinion may vary.

  • 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

  • ESP curve dynamic assist with 3 stage ESP
  • AMG high performance brake system with red painted brake callipers and black AMG lettering at the front, ventilated and perforated 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

  • AMG floor mats

  • AMG suspension with AMG ride control including AMG specific axles and sporty spring/damper setup

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

  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with drive programs Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and RACE including Drift mode activated + RACE START function
  • Mercedes me remote services
  • Remote and charging services plus
  • Direct steer system with AMG speed sensitive power steering with two sets of steering characteristics

  • Car wash mode
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Easy-pack tailgate
  • AMG drive unit

  • BUX multimedia system with DAB digital radio and touchpad including satellite navigation
  • AMG track pace
  • 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
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Service indicator (Active Service System)
  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display with AMG specific, AMG start up logo, visualisation of the AMG drive programs, vehicle and engine data
  • 10.25 inch Instrument display with digital cockpit
  • AMG menu with sporty additional information - Gear indicator with yellow M symbol manual mode, Warm Up menu and Set Up menu
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation

  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators

  • Aluminium AMG design black/silver interior trim

  • USB (type C) ports (2) in stowage compartment and 1 in front of centre console
  • 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
  • DAB digital radio tuner

  • Chrome weather strip
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour bumpers
  • AMG spoiler lip in body colour
  • AMG body styling specific front apron, AMG side sill panels, AMG rear apron, AMG roof spoiler lip, Specific S labelling boot lid + front apron CLA 45
  • AMG specific radiator grille in high gloss chrome with AMG lettering
  • Beltline strips in High gloss Black
  • Valve control dependent on drive program
  • Two round twin tailpipe trim elements each measuring 90 mm in diameter and AMG lettering plus ribbing on the inside of the pipe
  • Exhaust system with AMG Real performance sound and sporty sound (BALANCED) or emotional, motorsport sound
  • AMG wider side skirts
  • Automatically controlled exhaust flap
  • AMG specific radiator grille with a wider lower contour and twelve vertical louvres
  • Front apron with horizontal fins in the outer air inlets and stretched lower air inlet
  • Diffuser with two vertical twin fins
  • Window line trim strip in high gloss black

  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • 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
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Black roof lining
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Illuminated front door sills with changeable cover
  • 3 spoke flattened lower sporty design AMG Performance steering wheel with Nappa/DINAMICA microfiber, grip area,12 clock mark +AMG letter silver chrome
  • AMG Steering wheel touch control buttons
  • AMG centre console decidedly sporty with raised front section
  • ARTICO man-made leather / microfiber DINAMICA upholstery with contrast stitching
  • Rear armrest with two integral cup holders for drinks
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Silver coloured aluminium gear shift paddles on steering wheel

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

  • Mirror pack - CLA
  • Light and sight pack - CLA
  • Seat comfort pack - CLA
  • Parking package - CLA
  • AMG driver's package - CLA
  • AMG Night package - CLA 35/45
  • AMG performance seat pack - CLA 45 S 4Matic+
  • Keyless go pack - CLA

  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fixed head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • AMG Performance sportily shaped seats with power adjustable front seats, special seat cushions + AMG badge backrests

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

  • Rear axle multi-link
  • AMG performance 4MATIC+ with torque control distribution

  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Summer tyres
  • Wheel arches with flared AMG wings with TURBO 4MATIC+ lettering

  • 19" AMG 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels painted tantalite grey with a high sheen finish

  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

  • Noise Level dB(A): 70
  • CO: 0.177
  • HC: 0.016
  • NOx: 0.021
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0.0007
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 203
  • CO2 (g/km): 191
  • 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: 9.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 92
  • CC: 1991

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 26.9
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 39.2
  • EC Combined (mpg): 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 21.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 36.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 33.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 31.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 13.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.9

  • 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: 45E
  • 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: 421
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: S
  • 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: 310
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 5000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 416
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4
  • Top Speed: 168
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51

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

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/35 R19
  • Wheel Style: AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE

  • Width (including mirrors): 1999
  • Height: 1415
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4693
  • Width: 1857
  • Wheelbase: 2729

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1725
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2205
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 51
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 505
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 710
  • Max. Loading Weight: 480
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1370
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.62

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

  • Metallic - Digital white: £595
  • Metallic - Cosmos Black: £595
  • Metallic - Mountain grey: £595

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

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

  • Black seat belts: Included
  • Red seat belts: £0

  • ARTICO man made AMG leather /microfibre DINAMICA - black / Yellow contrast stitching: £0
  • ARTICO man made AMG leather /microfibre DINAMICA - Black/ red contrast stitching: £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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