The 2016 Mercedes Benz-CLA class is a stylish 4 door coupe that blends the finesse of a sports vehicle along with the muscularity of an SUV to provide unparalleled levels of style and comfort. Since its release in 2014, the CLA-Class has become the 3rd most popular car in Mercedes-Benz’ lineup. Designers have cleaned up the front a bit creating a sleeker look.
Considering it is one of the least expensive Mercs on the market, the exterior styling of the CLA is superbly styled. It’s aggressive, and the traditional Mercedes 3-pointed star up is hard to miss up front. The front appearance is extremely sporty, the sides are plain but gorgeous, and the roofline strikes an arch. The wheels are 17.5″ 5-spoke and there is the option to go for the chrome diamond-block grille which comes with the sport package.
The interior is as plush as you might expect a Merc to be. As standard, both front seats have sports features for your comfort and have the option to extend the front of the cushion for extended thigh support. There is room for a 5th seat if you want to create space for another passenger. There are 3 different interior trims for you to choose from; aluminium, burl walnut wood, or black ash wood. There is also the option to add a panoramic sun roof that can either tilt for ventilation, or slide over for an ‘open air’ feel.
The standard Mercedes-Benz embraces emergency communications system including services like SOS call and assists, automatic collision notification, remote door unlock and stolen car recovery. There is a handsfree bluetooth interface, navigation that updates for 3 years without any charge or subscription. The centrally placed 7″ color-display screen comes as standard in all trim levels and there is also an option to upgrade to a voice control system.
Engine/ Fuel Efficiency
The 2016 CLA250 comes with a turbo-4 2.0L engine and while this engine is standard across the CLA-Class range, there are differing power ranges. The 250 is capable of reaching 208 horsepower, yet the AMG CLA45 can hit 375 horsepower.
A 7-speed automated-manual transmission is standard in all models. Moreover, the standard is a stop-start feature which conserves fuel by turning-off the engine when the vehicle is stopped. According to the EPA, the CLA250 gets 26/38 MPG city/highway – an excellent score for its class.
Standard safety equipment includes antilock brakes, and stability and traction control. There are driver knee airbags, front-seat side pelvic airbags, front-seat side thorax airbags, and also complete-length side curtain airbags.
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