Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25 inch display instrument
  • 10.25" media display
  • 180 degree reversing camera
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Active park assist with parktronic system
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Augmented Navigation
  • Direct steering
  • Dynamic drive mode selector
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Pre-installation for car sharing
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration
  • Traffic Sign Assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Wireless charging and digital car key

Entertainment

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • Dash cam
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Mercedes benz sound system (225w)
  • Rear stowage compartment with 1 front centre console, 2 x USB ports (type C)

Exterior Features

  • Active radiator shutters open for cooling air and close when not needed to improve aerodynamics and fuel efficiency
  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG body styling front apron, rear apron and side skirts
  • Beltline strips and weather strip in chrome
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles with chrome inserts
  • Diamond radiator grille pins in chrome with silver painted louvres and chrome insert
  • Electric panoramic sliding sunroof
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated rear windscreen with timer control
  • High level LED third brake light
  • LED tail lamp
  • Multibeam LED headlamps with adaptive high beam assist plus
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Twin trapezoidal tailpipes in polished stainless steel

Interior Features

  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Brown leather upholstery + Sports seats
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Electrically adjustable front memory seats including lumbar support
  • Floor mats with AMG lettering
  • Freight packaging with tie-down hooks
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Front door sills with Mercedes lettering
  • Galvanished paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glove compartment
  • Illuminated Mercedes benz door sills
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Rear armrest
  • Seats with fixed head restraints
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Three spoke flattened bottom leather multifunction steering wheel in perforated leather in grip area
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points
  • Two zone automatic climate control with coloured inserts in air vents

Packs

  • Energizing pack - CLA
  • Light and sight pack - CLA
  • Mirror pack - CLA
  • Seat comfort pack - CLA

Safety

  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage Driver/Front passenger airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Occupancy sensor for passenger seat
  • Perforated front brake discs
  • Three point seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Keyless entry lock/unlock
  • Keyless Go starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

Technical

  • Lowered comfort suspension
  • Rear axle multi-link

Trim

  • Light aluminium with longitudinal grain interior trim

Wheels

  • 18" 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

123

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1332

Compression Ratio

10.6:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

72.2

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

81.4

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO DIRECT INJECTION

Gears

7 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

52.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

67.3

EC Urban (mpg)

37.7

General

Badge Engine CC

1.3

Badge Power

136

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

AMG Line PremiumPlus

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

30

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

3

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

91

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

74

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

15500

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

3

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

9

Engine Power - BHP

136

Engine Power - KW

100

Engine Power - RPM

5500

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

148

Engine Torque - MKG

20.4

Engine Torque - NM

200

Engine Torque - RPM

1460

Top Speed

134

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/45 R18

Tyre Size Rear

225/45 R18

Tyre Size Spare

TYRE REPAIR KIT

Wheel Style

AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE

Wheel Type

18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1439

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4688

Wheelbase

2729

Width

1830

Width (including mirrors)

1999

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

43

Gross Vehicle Weight

1945

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

460

Max. Loading Weight

535

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1400

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

705

Minimum Kerbweight

1410

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.1

On The Road

Driver Convenience

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Packs

Paintwork

Trim

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.

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. Next up is the CLA 220, which features a 2.0-litre petrol engine with an output of 190hp and 300Nm, this variant available in both two-wheel and four-wheel drive. 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 diesel-powered CLA 200d and CLA 220d variants. All models were initially launched with a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission, but you can also talk to your dealer about a 6-speed manual stick shift for lower-range variants.

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 around £30,500 and rise to around £37,000, 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 figures. The CLA 180 and CLA 200 Coupe variants can deliver up to 47.9mpg on the combined cycle. The CLA 180 emits 123g/km of CO2 and the CLA 200 emits 124g/km. The CLA 220 4MATIC delivers 40.4mpg and emits 149g/km. And the CLA 250 can deliver up to 41.5mpg and emit 139g/km of CO2. 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.