The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLA is the marque’s entry-level vehicle, and it serves as an appealing gateway to the brand. The CLA offers coupe-like styling, sporty handling and a generous array of infotainment and safety features.
Mercedes-Benz’s CLA is a compact luxury sedan that seats five, and it’s offered in two trims: CLA250 and the high-performance AMG CLA45. Front-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is optional.
For 2017, the CLA adds a rearview camera as standard equipment, and LED headlights and a handsfree trunk join the list of options. There also are a few minor design tweaks, including a new front and rear bumper design.
With its flowing curves and expressive front fascia, the CLA’s sheet metal is assertive and appealing. Its lines echo those of its trendsetting big brother, the CLS sedan. Deep character lines grace the hood and side panels, and the CLA’s profile has a sleek, coupe-like look.
Base models come with rain-sensing windshield wipers, 17-inch wheels, heated power-adjustable side mirrors, daytime running lights and automatic headlights. Available features include LED daytime running lights, LED taillamps, a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, 18- or 19-inch wheels and a handsfree trunk.
The shapes and surfaces in the CLA’s cockpit are pleasing to the eye and inviting to the touch. The cabin is home to a winglike dash, and it also boasts aluminum-ringed air vents that are reminiscent of those in a jet. Front seats are comfortable, but the rear seat is low on headroom. The CLA’s trunk offers 13.1 cubic feet of space.
Standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, 60/40-split folding rear seats, a tilt-and-telescoping steering column, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, amber-hued ambient cabin lighting, power-adjustable front seats and simulated leather upholstery. Options include a flat-bottomed steering wheel, heated front seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather upholstery, walnut or carbon-fiber interior accents, and multicolor ambient lighting with a choice of 12 colors.
Quick acceleration and nimble handling are hallmarks of the 2017 CLA. Front-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are standard on the base CLA250, and all-wheel drive is optional. The CLA45 comes with standard all-wheel drive and an AMG-tuned seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Under the CLA250’s hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine good for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The souped-up AMG CLA45 has a handcrafted 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder powerpant that achieves a muscular 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.
EPA ratings for the CLA top out at 24/36 mpg city/highway.
There’s a rich lineup of tech content offered with the CLA. Base models come with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, dual USB ports, HD radio, an 8-inch display, a CD/MP3 player, forward collision mitigation, an SD card reader, keyless ignition, a driver-drowsiness monitor, a rearview camera and an auxiliary audio jack.
Options include satellite radio, a Harman/Kardon premium stereo, navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, lane-keeping assist and a self-parking system.
By Jill Leonard (Last Updated 4/24/2018)
Jill Leonard is a writer and editor based in Pittsburgh. She first started working on automotive stories at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where she was a copy editor for more than 15 years. Sadly, despite reading hundreds of stories about vehicles, she still struggles to get her oil changed in a timely manner.
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