New Mercedes CLA 2019 evaluation
In addition to designing a sleeker, extra trendy shell, Mercedes has widened the CLA’s observe entrance and rear in an effort to spice up engagement. It must also assist engineer some clear air between the automobile you see right here and the forthcoming A-Class Saloon.
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Whilst you might not suppose that widening the observe by 63mm on the entrance and 55mm on the rear would make a lot distinction, the brand new CLA feels tangibly sharper on the highway. It responds on to your inputs, with little or no physique roll by way of corners.
Our first experiences of the mannequin got here courtesy of the CLA 220 d, which fits on sale shortly after the petrol variants arrive in late April. Each UK automobile will are available high-spec AMG Line trim, with no cheaper SE or Sport fashions accessible in the interim.
The diesel engine is powerful, with an ideal surge of torque accessible from low revs. The eight-speed computerized transmission (lesser CLAs get a seven-speed auto) is responsive and easy, too, that means there’s little requirement to take cost utilizing the steering wheel-mounted paddles.
We additionally tried the CLA 200 petrol in not-for-UK ‘Progressive’ trim, as a result of it’s seemingly this engine – together with the cheaper CLA 180 – will show standard with British patrons. Simply because it does within the A-Class, the 1.3-litre turbo feels punchy, with sufficient efficiency to deal with each city and motorway journeys.
That slippery form makes for glorious refinement. As with its predecessor, the brand new CLA is probably the most aerodynamic automobile in its class, permitting it to scythe by way of the air with little in the best way of wind or highway noise. In petrol guise, the CLA is simply as refined, if no more so, than the bigger C-Class. It rides properly, too. Each UK automobile will get lowered consolation suspension, and whereas we have been unable to strive a precise duplicate of this set-up on the European launch, on adaptive dampers the CLA remained largely unfazed. Even on our automobile’s bigger wheels, the four-door coupe units a excessive benchmark for long-distance consolation and composure.
Elsewhere, the CLA carries over the A-Class hatch’s fantastically plush inside, and resulting from this automobile’s beneficiant normal equipment listing, the broader central display screen comes as normal. You’ll must improve to AMG Line Premium (£1,495) to get the bigger dials, which create the phantasm of a single pane of glass spanning proper to left. Each new CLA will get LED lights, privateness glass, leather-based sports activities seats and two-zone local weather management, nevertheless, in addition to keyless go, sat-nav and wi-fi cellphone charging.
Up to now, the CLA appears to have justified its £3,170 premium over the A-Class. However with regards to practicality, the hatch claws again among the floor misplaced to its trendy sibling. Climb into the again and it received’t take a very tall grownup to notice that headroom is quite restricted due to the roofline.
Likewise, the boot is greater on paper, however isn’t as usable. The 460-litre load bay is a good dimension – and the rear seats fold in a 40:20:40 formation – however the slender opening and saloon-style bootlid imply it’s simply not as versatile in day by day use.
Mercedes has confirmed the CLA 180 will value from £30,550, however Profit-in-Variety charges and PCP figures will likely be calculated when costs are introduced in full in Might.