The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 delivers absolutely gorgeous exterior design, accompanied by solid performance and unparalleled aerodynamics. Its main flaw is the absolute lack of rear passenger space. On the other hand, the best quality of this sport coupe is its utterly unbeatable drag coefficient of only 0.23.
Rating: 8.4 / 10
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is the less powerful entry in the CLA-Class, which has the distinction of being the smallest vehicle produced by the German automaker. It also happens to be the first front-wheel-drive model Mercedes sold in North America. The little coupe costs only $34,600 at the base level, but it delivers eye-pleasing exterior design (inspired by the CLS-Class sedan), solid performance and premium touches that you would only expect from a well-equipped luxury car.
At a glance, the CLA250 looks almost exactly like the CLS – arguably Mercedes’ prettiest sedan – but upon closer inspection, you can tell that there is a lot more to it. That said, the swooping design works quite well since it makes the car look longer and wider than it actually is. Of course, once you put it in the midst of bigger vehicles, you will quickly notice how small it is. As result of its small size, the CLA250 has been described as the “world's most aerodynamic car.” Its drag coefficient is only 0.23, which it achieves through its low stance, narrow tires and unsullied shape. To put things in perspective – the modern production standard for drag coefficients is 0.35 or slightly below, which means that achieving a drag coefficient of 0.23 is extremely difficult. So, kudos to Mercedes for making it happen!
Inside, however, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 isn’t quite as extravagant. While may call its cabin intimate, we prefer the word “cramped.” Due to its low-slung shape, there just isn’t a lot of room, especially for people in the back. In fact, putting people back there should be a punishable crime – it’s that bad. Yes, this is a coupe, but with back seats that are so useless, we fail to see why Mercedes bothered implementing them in the first place. Despite this caveat, the CLA250 is definitely up to Mercedes’ standards when it comes to materials and assembly quality. There a few plastic bits that feel somewhat cheap, but when compared to its rivals, it actually seems very upscale (surprisingly so). Heck, even the MB-Tex “fake” leather feels real to us – so much so that we didn’t really miss the real thing.
Under the hood, the 2015 CLA250 has only one engine – or two, if you count the CLA-Class as a whole. As an entry-level luxury sedan, the CLA250 comes with a relatively weak engine in the form of a turbocharged 2.0-litre inline four-cylinder that generates 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It can be connected to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission only, while being available in front-wheel or all-wheel-drive configurations. Despite being somewhat weak, it’s still quite fast thanks to its aforementioned aerodynamics.
Overall, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a solid sport coupe that benefits greatly from its sexy appearance. It does pay price for that appearance with its ludicrously cramped back seats. So, is the CLA250 worth its $34,600 asking price? It would depend on what you want. If you want an aerodynamic sport vehicle, then yes. If you want to fit more than two passengers, then no, stay away from it!
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA250
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Rating: 8.4 / 10
|Trim / Style||MSRP||Est. Monthly Payment||Average Price||Invoice Price|
|CLA 250||$34,600||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|CLA 250 4MATIC||$36,800||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC||$50,600||Get Local Price||Get Invoice Price|
|Number of Doors||4|
|Drive Train||Front Wheel Drive|
|Power and Performance:|
With 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque burbling up from its 2.0-liter, direct-injected, turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the CLA 250 doesn't lack for power. It's a modified and enlarged version of the four found in the C-Class, with different engine mounts and some modification for transverse installation. It has an agreeable amount of intake noise and turbo snap, and spins out enough low-end torque to beat the four-cylinder C-Class to 60 mph--in about 6.7 seconds, Mercedes says. Top speed is limited to 149 mph. All-wheel drive is optional on the non-AMG CLA.
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|Interiors and Special Features:|
Is the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class intimate inside, or cramped? It depends on if you like what you see, and we're betting more will choose the latter. While the low-slung profile means there's not a lot of room, especially in the back, the interior is definitely up to Mercedes-Benz specifications when it comes to materials and assembly. Sure, some of the plastic bits feel a little cheap, but the reality is that next to its competitors, it feels more upmarket than you might think. Even the MB-Tex faux leather feels authentic enough that you likely won't miss real cowhides.
Originally appeared on Kelley Blue Book.
In addition to seven airbags, the CLA features a radar-based Collision Prevention Assist system that can warn the driver of potential accidents and, when necessary, automatically apply the brakes to prevent or mitigate the severity of a crash. The car also comes with Attention Assist, which provides audible and visual warnings if it senses that the driver is drowsy.
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