Review of Mercedes-Benz CLA
Mercedes-Benz floor Gordon Wagener is a rock star designed. He was the one who shaped the three-pointed star design strategy and a decade ago introduced the concept of sensual purity as a key driver in the look and feel of brand cars. And this is the latest expression of that thought, the second-generation CLA four-door Coupe (C118).
The influence of Wagener flank is very important here because CLA is one of the most fashion-focused services in the ever expanding range of Mercedes-Benz.
But does the drive fit the creative style? We got behind the wheel of the first model to arrive, the entry-level CLA 200, to find out.
Is there anything interesting about its design? 9/10
Although the view of a car is a subjective call, and as always, your thoughts are welcome in the comments below, I have taken it out there, this is a great machine. pretty. And Gordon Wagener, nor did he pull any punches. He thinks it has the potential to become, a modern design icon.
The long bonnet, behind the taxi, the ratio of wide roads is in a slightly larger footprint. The new CLA is a bit longer, wider, lower overall and has a longer wheelbase than the model it replaces. And the intricate mix of gently curved surfaces and professionally managed hard roads, with the standard AMG body kit, complete with 18-inch rims, only adds a hint of macho intentions .
The angle of the shoulders runs from this character line, barely changing up to the roof and the inward slope of the side glass (car designers call it tumblehome) quite pronounced. And the sweeping curve at the top of the front guards is determined by the hard contours on the outer edges of the bonnet.
The rear viewing angle is arguably the most appealing angle of the CLA with the intersection of the sloping turret, boot and rear guard neatly tackled.
It’s also super aerodynamically smooth, boasting a 0.23 Cd, running close to the Class A convertible sibling (0.22) that Merc claims is the world’s most efficient four-door production line. .
But what about the inside? Well, the biggest visual feature is the customizable MBUX data interface and media, which is clearly shown through a pair of 10.25-inch widescreen displays.
The information available and the number of configurations provided are staggering. It’s very good in 2019 and spot goal for digital generation.
The piano’s black surface surrounds the dashboard and the sound lift panel (but fingerprints) while the turbine-style vents feature an intuitive visual flash without compromising functionality.
Other highlights include the front seat with an inappropriate one-piece back (also reflected on the top of the outer rear seat), frameless doors that enhance the coupe feel, and stitching neat details around the dash and door.
How realistic is the inner space? 7/10
Despite the overall height reduction of two millimeters, the CLA’s headroom has been extended by 17mm and there are plenty of room in the front, with the storage running to two cupholders in the center console, one box / arm. armrest between two seats (including dual USB ports), an overhead sunglasses holder, decent door pockets with room for bottles and a medium-sized glove box
There is also a rug to charge the wireless device in front of the center console, complete with another USB input (just in case).
But what does that sexy roof do for the space behind?
Sitting behind the driver’s seat in my position (183cm), with full legroom, but although Merc requires an extra 3.0mm of space, my noggin made sure contact with the head.
It’s memorable it’s a coupe four-door, with packaging compromising a swoopy roof to bring. You can call it + 2 + 3, with a couple of doors added to make rear seat access easier.
A folded down center armrest incorporates two cupholders, once again there are spacious pockets at the door with bottle storage, a map pocket on the front seats and an adjustable air vents located at the rear of the dashboard. The front center is a welcome.
There are three knots at the back, but adults who use them for anything other than short journeys will have to be good and flexible friends. Children will be fine.
The boot volume is a healthy 460-liter (VDA), a 10-liter reduction on the first-generation car, but the aperture has been expanded to no less than 262mm, and the 40/20/40 folding rear seats open up additional space. There are hangers, 12-volt sockets and resilient storage bags on either side of the load space to further enhance usability, plus a cargo network is included.
There is no news of towing capability at this stage, and don’t bother looking for a spare, running tire.
All CLAs can also be connected (via the smartphone app) to the remote connectivity system of Mercedes me Connect, allowing access to lock / unlock the door, tracking and locating. facilities, retrieving maintenance information and services, etc.
For the record, our test example was loaded with five optional packages, adding no less than $ 13,630 to the price tag for a total of $ 73,130. Specifically, the ‘AMG Exclusive Package’ ($ 3190) – heated and cooled front seats, ‘Lugano’ two-tone leather upholstery (with contrasting top stitching), adaptive damping and ‘Comfort Control’ comfort ‘,’ Media package ‘(Media package’ $ 2490) – Head and Burmester display display 590W, 12-speaker ‘surround sound’ sound, ‘Driver assistance package’ ($ 1790) – ‘ Active distance assistance ‘(including’ Cross-traffic assistance ‘),’ Plus driver assistance package ‘,’ Lane change assistance ‘,’ Auto-start restart ‘(when participating traffic) and ‘Adaptation based on route’ and ‘Seat comfort package’ ($ 1290) – Electrically adjustable front seats, memory function for driver’s seat, rearview mirror and monitor head display (if equipped), heated front seats and passenger mirrors with reversed position and ‘Vision package’ ($ 2490) – ‘Adaptive Highbeam PLUS Support’, LED ‘Multibeam’ headlights, panoramic electric sunroof, ‘HIGH pack parking’ (with 360 camera degrees).
What are the important stats for engine and transmission? 8/10
The CLA 200 is equipped with a 1.3-liter in-line turbo petrol engine (M 282), front-wheel drive via a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (with gear shift levers). ).
It is a product of joint development with Renault and the output is 120kW at 5500rpm and 250Nm at 1620rpm, quite impressive for such a small capacity unit.
The single turbo engine features electronic control and flexible charging pressure control to optimize acceleration over the entire rev range (ceiling speed is 6300 rpm), with equal focus. in terms of power, throttle response and fuel economy.