Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display
  • 7 inch display in instrument panel
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • Direct steer system with speed sensitive power steering
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces
  • Dynamic drive mode selector
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Instrument cluster
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • Mercedes connect me
  • 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 with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limit assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Wireless charging and digital car key

Entertainment

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • USB (type C) port in front stowage compartment
  • USB (type C) ports (2) in rear of stowage compartment

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 bodystyling side skirt
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles with chrome inserts
  • Diamond radiator grille pins in chrome with silver painted louvres and chrome insert
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
  • Twin trapezoidal tailpipes in polished stainless steel
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated rear windscreen with timer control
  • High level LED third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Privacy glass
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear fog lamp

Interior Features

  • Three spoke flattened bottom leather multifunction steering wheel in perforated leather in grip area
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Ambient lamp and signal
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Cup holder and stowage compartment lighting
  • Floor mats with stitched AMG lettering
  • Freight packaging with tie-down hooks
  • Front and rear Handle recess/closing handle light in left and right
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Front door sills with Mercedes lettering
  • Front footwell lights
  • Front reading lamps in left and right console downlighter
  • Front seat cushion length adjustment
  • Front signal exit lamp in left and right
  • Front vanity light in left and right
  • Galvanished paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glove compartment
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Oddments tray lighting
  • Rear interior lamp
  • Rear reading lamp in support plate in left and right
  • Seats with fixed head restraints
  • Spectacles compartment for driver
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Touchpad illumination
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

Packs

  • Light and sight pack - CLA
  • Mirror pack - CLA
  • Parking package - CLA
  • Seat comfort pack - CLA

Safety

  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Active brake assist
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • 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
  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection

Security

  • Keyless Go starting function
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

Technical

  • 7G-DCT 7 speed automatic transmission
  • 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)

128

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)

50.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

60.1

EC Urban (mpg)

39.2

General

Badge Engine CC

1.3

Badge Power

136

Based On ID

Coin Description

Coin Series

AMG Line

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)

9.2

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

1442

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

2015

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1370

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

505

Max. Loading Weight

575

Max. Roof Load

100

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1400

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

720

Minimum Kerbweight

1440

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

11.1

On The Road

Exterior Features

Interior Features

Paintwork

Trim

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.

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. 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

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 £33,000 to £40,000 bracket for mainstream versions of this CLA Shooting Brake. 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 figures like the ones quoted here. 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.