The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA attracts customers with its expressive and detailed exterior design. On the inside, the cabin has a sporty, upscale feel with premium materials and plenty of standard safety technology. A standard turbocharged engine ensures brisk performance.
With seating for five, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a compact luxury sedan. Mercedes offers a single CLA 250 trim level with front- or all-wheel drive. A seven-speed automatic transmission is standard for either setup. (The high-performance 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 is reviewed separately.)
A special “Ice Edition” is new for 2018. It features upgraded content and matte-white foil stripes over a white exterior finish.
The CLA’s dramatic exterior design builds on the car’s coupe-like silhouette with sculpted lines and a detailed front end. Grille “pins” seem to radiate outward from the Mercedes star badge. The rear of the car is accented by stylized dual exhaust outlets.
The CLA has a competitive list of standard content. That includes automatic headlights, daytime running lights, heated exterior mirrors and 17-inch aluminum-alloy wheels. Customers then can choose from a group of exterior options. To create a striking light signature, LEDs are offered for the headlamps, taillamps, daytime running lights and turn signals. A hands-free power trunk can make it easy to access the car’s trunk, while a panoramic sunroof can deliver a certain amount of open-air driving. As for premium wheels, these can range from 17 to 19 inches in diameter.
The CLA also brings fresh styling into the cabin. There, a multi-level dashboard is set off by a freestanding infotainment screen and prominent, circle-shaped climate vents. The center-stack controls are bordered by a trapezoidal frame. This supplies another modern and elegant touch. To help manage cargo and luggage, the CLA comes with standard 60/40-split folding rear seats. The car’s trunk measures 13.1 cubic feet.
The CLA’s interior is as comfortable as it is attractive. For that, 14-way power-adjustable front seats are standard. They feature an extendable front cushion for extra thigh support. The car’s standard content further includes synthetic-leather upholstery, dual-zone automatic climate control and a leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel. Real leather surfaces, along with genuine wood trim, are available. Also optional are upscale touches such as heated front seats and, for more sporty appeal, a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
Standard for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. It produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque for relatively peppy performance. Front-wheel drive and a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission are standard. All-wheel drive is optional.
At the same time, the CLA is surprisingly efficient. The standard powertrain earns fuel-efficiency grades of 24/37 mpg city/highway.
The standard tech package for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA extends beyond the typical rearview camera. That’s standard, but so are forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking and a drowsy-driver alert. The standard infotainment system complements those resources with an 8-inch infotainment screen, a console-mounted controller, Bluetooth connectivity, HD Radio and an SD card reader.
The CLA can be ordered with additional technology, including a blind spot system, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and automatic parking assistance. The CLA also can keep owners connected, thanks to available equipment such as mobile Wi-Fi, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Other noteworthy technology options extend to navigation, a Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system and satellite radio services.
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User Reviews for 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA
by Steve on May 25, 2020
"This vehicle is nothing what I thought I was getting in a Mercedes. It is very low to the ground and very difficult to get in and out of. It doesn't have lane changing warnings which I feel a car from Mercedes should have. For the price I just don't think it is worth it." Read Less
by Nana on February 21, 2020
Super vehicle!! Still trying to get used to all upgrades. Considering this car? Definitely go for it!!
"Still getting to know all upgrades and safety features. Drives like a dream. " Read Less
by Richard on January 15, 2020
What a beautiful fast car
"Bought a 2018 CLA 45 AMG, biturbo, black with yellow accents. What a beautiful fast car. It's got style, speed and class. What more can you ask for? P.s. speedometer goes to 200 so be careful..."
Gorgeous interior, black and yellow, with racing seats. Everything well positioned - easy access
Black with yellow accents looks incredible. Mine has racing stripes from back to front and on both sides
Omg so fast! Hold on! Takes corners like on rails.
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The price range for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA is $19,999 - $26,988.
The average selling price is $23,492.
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