Mercedes Benz CLA Class Review & Test Drive

Mercedes Benz Cla Class Test Drive in Hyderabad

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Overview

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Class fits into the new breed of compact luxury sedan segment. It has to be said that Mercedes-Benz has done a great job of designing the CLA Class sedan from it’s A and B Class derived platform.

The car is ergonomically comfortable for both front and rear occupants with an acceptable amount of cabin space. However, it can be a bit tight for tall passengers. Leaving aside this glitch, the CLA feels like a full blown luxury sedan. Build quality in typical Mercedes fashion is excellent, so is fit and finish, along with good quality of materials inside the cabin.The dashboard is identical to that of the A-Class hatchback, along with all the instrumentation and switchgear. The CLA Class is a well equipped car and offers plenty of features and gizmos for occupants. View offers on Mercedes-Benz CLA Class in Mumbai at Autozhop.

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Exteriors

The CLA gets her jaw-dropping looks from her stunningly beautiful mother, the A-Class and her suavely handsome father, the CLS-Class. I’d say she’s like the teen supermodel every guy is chasing in college. I think I said some similar stuff in my review of the CLA45 AMG- this car fitted with jet propulsion. The nose is very similar to that of the A-Class but instead of getting the silver diamond grille, MB has provided the CLA with a black diamond grille for a more aggressive stance. The hood is just like it is in the AMG car, it gets two contouring lines on the bonnet that Mercedes calls “power-domes.” Call them whatever you want, those lines make the front end even more appealing than it already is. The sides get distinct lines that extend all the way to the tight rear end and culminate in beautifully laid out LED tail lamps. I don’t know how Mercedes has done it; though the car may be standing still it has a silhouette that depicts an urgency of motion.Mercedes-Benz_CLA-36

The trunk gets a tiny curve upwards that acts as a diffuser. All these design aspects and contour lines etc give the CLA the lowest drag coefficient any sedan has ever seen. With a 0.24 Coefficient of Drag (for the technically- passionate out there) the CLA is the slipperiest car in the MB stable and moves on the road causing barely any disturbance to nature’s elements, which is very good if you ask an aerodynamic geek.

This movement happens on intricately designed 17-inch rims and Continental tyres. Dimensionally the CLA has the same wheelbase as the new C-class- 2699mm. Don’t let this make you think it is based on the C-Class, this car is very much an MFA platform car. One of my favourite aspects of this car is that it comes with frameless doors. That’s right! The windows may be small but roll them down and open the door creates an immediate break in the routine framed door life of this world.

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Interiors

Mercedes-Benz has made a few differences to the interior of the CLA. Yes, it looks very fresh; though it may seem similar to the interiors of the A-Class it is not.What remains the same is the layout but the buttons are clean and new and the screen for the COMAND system has been replaced by a five-inch HD display and has been installed with the latest operating system. The same one we have seen in the new S-Class. The COMAND system now comes pre-loaded with Garmin GPS navigation and web-access via Bluetooth tethering. This feature is only active when the car is not moving but that is no reason to shy away from this beauty. The music system has been provided by Harman/Kardon and their Logic 7 set up.

That’s top notch for a car in this segment, but MB knows what they are up against and compact luxury seems to be the next big thing in the Indian market. The 5 inch HD screen and the new COMAND system go hand in handThe CLA is most likely to be owner driven and is aimed towards the young modern family. Two in the front and two in the back is ideal for this car. The coupe stance of this car does make the rear headroom on the tighter side but I doubt too many tall people will be sitting in the back seat of this car.

That is the trade-off though, sexy car = compromised headroom. It’s a pretty good deal if you ask me. The panoramic sunroof is a great touch. This makes the car look quite spacious, especially for those in the front seat.

The trunk of the CLA is bigger than any customer would imagine. I was quite taken aback when I saw it first in the AMG version. It is 470 litres and can hold quite a bit. If you have bigger stuff well Mercedes has provided the CLA with a folding rear seat so as to make for a bigger trunk. There is a small loading door as well that opens into the cabin of the car via the rear centre arm rest, this can be opened only from the trunk. Check for Mercedes Benz CLA Class in Basna

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Engine

The 2017 Mercedes CLA gets the same 2.0-litre petrol and 2.1-litre diesel engines. The variant we tested had the petrol engine. The powerplant unleashes 183 PS of power along with 300 Nm of torque. Mated to the engine is the same 7G-TRONIC gearbox that we’ve been seeing since quite a while on various Mercs. The petrol CLA has a top speed of 235 km/hr while 0-100 km/hr comes up at a notch below 8 seconds. The diesel engine is the familiar unit we’ve seen on some other Mercedes cars and we’ve always liked the oil-burner.

The petrol engine is super refined. Driveability in the city is stress-free and low-end performance is pretty good. Things get even better post 1500 RPM when the power surge starts to increase. Power delivery feels smooth all the way up to 6000 RPM without the CLA losing its beat. The mid-range is punchy and there is some steam left even at higher RPMs. At high speeds, the gearbox does a great job but it feels a bit confused at city speeds. Also, it has a tendency to upshift very early and the solution to this is to switch from Eco/Comfort to Sport. Sport mode lets you explore the full potential of the car and the exhaust sounds sweet near the redline.

The diesel engine is rather efficient while the petrol is not bad either. The AMG model could be a little more efficient.Apply car loan for Mercedes Benz CLA Class at Fincarz.

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Driving

What surprised me the most was the ride quality. For India, Mercedes has increased the ride height as compared to the global spec car but that doesn’t mean the handling has been compromised. The CLA handles as good as it looks. There is a certain suppleness and fluidity in the suspension setting. What used to be quite a thud in the A-Class has now turned into a minor blip in the CLA. At higher speeds the ride and handling gets even better giving the driver great confidence in the vehicle. Speed breakers are no issue for this car!

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Safety

The car comes with several features and sophisticated safety equipment like the tyre pressure monitoring system, PRE-SAFE system, airbags and ESP (Electronic Stability Program).

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Price in Mumbai

Mercedes Benz CLA Class On Road Price is 37,43,323/- and Ex-showroom Price is 31,70,689/- in Mumbai. Mercedes Benz CLA Class comes in 5 colours, namely Cirrus White,Night Black,Cosmos Black,Jupiter Red,Mountain Grey. Mercedes Benz CLA Class comes with FWD with 2143 CC Displacement and 4 Cylinders with Maximum Power 134 bhp@3600-4400 rpm and Peak Torque 300 Nm@1600-3000 rpm DRIVE TRAIN FWD and reaches 100 KMPH at 9.8 seconds . Mercedes Benz CLA Class comes with Automatic Transmission with FWD .

Mercedes Benz CLA Class Verdict

The Mercedes CLA gets you a ticket to the high flyers club and it is targeted towards the younger generation, aka the millionaires. The car doesn’t have any major flaws. The looks are unbeatable and it is offered with some attractive colours too, thus guaranteeing you a lot of attention wherever you go, with the tri-star logo giving a good sense of self-pride. The changes aren’t major but they make sure that the Mercedes CLA continues to appeal and doesn’t feel outdated at all.

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