Mercedes CLA (2nd, C118) Review Rundown
The second-generation CLA-Class is a compact fastback sedan marketed as a "four-door coupe". The CLA 45 S Shooting Brake is the sort of special car that comes along when a manufacturer follows its nose for longer than is normal or, perhaps, sensible. The M139 also delivers 415bhp and 369lb ft and accelerates the car to 62mph in 4.0sec.
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The CLA 45 S Shooting Brake is the sort of special car that comes along when a manufacturer follows its nose for longer than is normal or, perhaps, sensible. The road that led to the creation of this expensive and unbelievably quick junior AMG estate began when Mercedes introduced the third-gen A-Class in 2013. The sleeker CLA saloon was born and it spawned an all-new shooting brake with added practicality and, in the eyes of many, added desirability.
Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake is one of its more popular models among younger buyers. It gets the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine you'll find in the A35 hatchback. It sends an identical 302bhp and 295lb ft of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox and 4Matic four-wheel drive system.
Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the closest thing to an A-Class estate. It eschews the square back of a regular wagon for a far more curvaceous posterior. In 2.0-litre diesel guise, the CLA 220d is impressively refined. It is however fine rather than fun; the steering is numb, body control loose at times.
The CLA Shooting Brake faces only one other svelte, sporting, small estate: the Kia Proceed. But there's no plug-in hybrid version of that, so this booted CLA 250e is in a class of one. Engine's refinement is poor, both in terms of noise intrusion and vibration felt through the controls. The surprisingly loud turbo whoosh would excite in a hot hatch, but in the context of this car and combined with the resonant, booming drone of the engine, it just seems uncouth.
The Mercedes CLA rounds off the wider A-Class line-up as a stylish four-door coupe or Shooting Brake estate. The CLA 35 is more expensive and slightly better-equipped as standard than its A 35 counterpart. The 306bhp 2.0-litre engine is just as effective as in other applications – the CLA 35 feels hugely quick in everyday driving.
The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake does stand apart from anything else on offer in the small premium car market. But it suffers from a relative shortage of practicality and a bland-sounding four-cylinder engine. At this price, we'd be tempted to go for a rapid petrol BMW 5 Series Touring, which is more rewarding to drive and properly spacious.
Based on the A 45 hatchback, the latest CLA 45 is a more flowing shape than its predecessor, looking not unlike a shrunken CLS. Clean lines and a swooping roofline go some way to justifying the coupe tag. The car seen here has the Plus trimmings, with more aggressive front and rear splitters, a larger rear spoiler and dive planes at the edges of the front bumper.
- 1. ^ Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Shooting Brake 2020 UK review. Autocar. 09 July 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 2. ^ Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake 2020 UK review. Autocar. 19 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 3. ^ Mercedes-Benz CLA 220d Shooting Brake 2020 UK review. Autocar. 11 June 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ Mercedes-Benz CLA 250e Shooting Brake 2020 UK review. Autocar. 27 October 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 5. ^ New Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 2020 review. Autoexpress. 03 January 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 6. ^ New Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake 2020 review . Autoexpress. 06 March 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 7. ^ New Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S 2020 review. Autoexpress. 14 May 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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