The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a series of subcompact executive cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 2013. The first generation was a four-door fastback based on the platform of the W176 A-Class and W246 B-Class compact cars, marketed as a four-door coupé. In 2015, Mercedes-Benz expanded the CLA family to include the Shooting Brake, a station wagon configuration. As the V177 A-Class sedan took its place as the budget-conscious sedan, the second generation got longer and wider than the W205 C-Class.
The CLA is Mercedes-Benz' first ever front-wheel drive sedan and the first front-wheel drive vehicle offered by the manufacturer in the U.S. market. The CLA range is positioned above the A-Class and it is nearly on the level of the C-Class in the Mercedes model range, and models tend to be less practical than the A-Class it is based on. First generation (C117; 2013–2019)
The design of the C117 CLA-Classis based on the Concept Style Coupe concept unveiled by Mercedes-Benz at the 2012 Avant/Garde Diaries event in Los Angeles,followed by the 2012 Auto China,and Huashan 1914 Creative Park.It is a four-doorfastbackcoupe, based on the platform of the W176 A-Class and W246 B-Class compact cars. The production version C117 CLA was publicly unveiled at the2013 North American International Auto Show,with sales commencing in September 2013.
Trial production of the CLA at theKecskemétplant at southeast ofBudapest, Hungary started in 2012,with production at Kecskemét plant beginning in January 2013.
Mercedes claimed that the C117 would be the most aerodynamic production vehicle on sale with a Cd=0.23, beating the previous most-aerodynamic, the Tesla Model S with Cd=0.24. The CLA 180 CDI Blue Efficiency was claimed to be even more aerodynamic with a Cd=0.22. However, independent measurement by Car and Driver Magazine in May 2014 bore out Tesla's claim by exactly confirming a drag coefficient of Cd=0.24, putting Mercedes' claim into question by measuring the CLA at Cd=0.30. The test done by Car And Driver was in turn criticized for being imprecise as to which model variant of the CLA was tested and which variant was advertised featuring a Cd=0.23.
The C117 CLA was at the time the most affordable Mercedes-Benz vehicle offered for sale in the United States, with a base price of $29,900 (2014). This undercut the C-Class, the vehicle it replaced as the entry-level sedan in Mercedes-Benz line-up of cars, which started at $38,200 (2014). The C117 CLA was also the first front-wheel drive vehicle ever offered by Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. market.
The 2015 model included updated infotainment with a bigger central screen and an updated head unit with iPhone interface as standard, Collision Prevention Assist Plus autonomous braking made standard and an extra 5kW for the CLA 220 CDI. Furthermore, the 2016 model brought Carplay as an option to the CLA. A facelift was introduced for the CLA model range in 2017, offering new restyled headlights and restyled taillights with available bold LED lighting.
Available in CLA 180, CLA 200, CLA 250, CLA 220 CDI, they are versions of the respective CLA-class vehicles with a choice of five body colours: mountain grey, cosmos black, night black, cirrus white or designo polar silver magno (expected to be available from the third quarter of 2013). The Edition 1 features AMG front and rear aprons, AMG side sill panels, black painted multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, diamond radiator grille with black fin and chrome inserts, bi-xenon headlamps, lowered sports suspension, exclusive NEON ART interior, sports seats upholstered in leather and black microfibre DINAMICA with yellow stitching, instrument panel and the beltlines upholstered in ARTICO man-made leather with yellow stitching, trim elements in aluminium with a light longitudinal grain, and a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with a flattened bottom section and perforations in the grip area. The vehicles went on sale for the twelve months after the launch of CLA-class vehicles.
It is a version of CLA 180 with reduced fuel consumption. Drag coefficient value was reduced to 0.22 via low A-pillar shoulder with adapted A-pillar geometry, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirror housings and rear shape, optimised diffuser, optimised underbody and rear axle panelling, radiator shutter, aero wheel trims and serrated wheel spoilers on the front and rear wheel arches. The vehicle was set to go on sale in September 2013.
It is a version of Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 demonstrating Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH equipment for CLA-Class vehicles. It included "Road & Track" decal kit (number '1' decal at front door and hood, decorative stripe in red/grey runs along the centre of the car), carbon fibre-style exterior mirror housings, front apron spoiler lip and rear spoiler; red-painted brake callipers, Styling Package Night (black window surrounds, black shoulderline trip strips), 18-inch two-tone 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in matt black with red rim flange, Sport badge at front wings, illuminated door sill panels with Sport lettering, a leather sports steering wheel, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel, Sport floor mats Drive Kit Plus. The vehicles were unveiled in 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show.
Mercedes-Benz announced the X117 CLA Shooting Brake at the 2014 LA Auto Show, which is a five-door station wagon version of the CLA sedan. It measures in at the same length as the CLA sedan and also shares the same wheelbase. It was not sold in the United States.
The only visual changes start from the B-pillar, which provides more headroom in the backseat area. It also provides more boot space than the sedan, 470 litres to 495 litres, while folding the rear seats flat frees a usable 1354 litres. The Shooting Brake has worse fuel economy than the sedan due to the slight kerb weight increase and the drag coefficient increasing from Cd=0.23 to Cd=0.26.
All CLA-Class models are powered by four-cylinder engines, including a choice of 1.6 L and 2.0 L gasoline, and 3 diesels, a 1.5L, a 1.8 L and a 2.2 L. Most of the engines come in a range of different states of tuning, and all include a stop-start feature.
CLA 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition01/2013–05/20186-speed manual
CLA 18001/2013–12/20186-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 20001/2013–12/20186-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 220 4MATIC07/2016–12/20186-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 25001/2013–12/20187-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 250 Sport02/2014–05/20187-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 250 4MATIC06/2013–12/20187-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 250 4MATIC Sport02/2014–05/20187-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 45 AMG01/2013–12/20187-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT
CLA 180 CDI 11/2013–12/2018 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 200 CDI 01/2013–12/2018 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 200 CDI 4MATIC 09/2014–12/2018 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 220 CDI 01/2013–12/2018 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT)
CLA 220 CDI 4MATIC 09/2014–12/2018 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
The 7G-DCT transmission includes electric activation of the hydraulics for the parking lock, which is locked by mechanical means; three gearshift programs (ECONOMY, SPORT, MANUAL). 7G-DCT transmission option became available for CLA 180 in June 2013, followed by CLA 200 CDI in September 2013.
The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 (previously Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG) is a current high-performance model of the CLA-Class from Mercedes-AMG. The car shares its drivetrain with the A45 AMG, and it features an AMG M133 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine, 4MATIC all wheel drive, SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission with paddle shifters, AMG sports suspension with independently developed front and rear axles, electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance braking system, three-stage ESP with "SPORT Handling" mode. Other features include AMG "twin-blade" radiator grille in matt titanium grey, AMG front fascia with front splitter in matt titanium grey, Large side cooling air intakes with black flics, Side sill panels with inserts in matt titanium grey, "TURBO AMG" lettering on front wing, AMG rear fascia with stylised side air outlet openings, Rear diffuser insert with trim in matt titanium grey, AMG sports exhaust system with two rectangular chrome-plated tailpipe trims featuring twin-tailpipe design, Bi-xenon headlamps, Tail lights with LED technology, Red seat belts, sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching and red seat belts, the multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles, and the AMG DRIVE UNIT with E-SELECT lever, instrument panel trim in brushed aluminium and five galvanised ventilation outlets, central colour display incorporates the AMG main menu including RACETIMER.
The AMG M133 2.0 twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder found in the range-topping CLA 45 AMG is the world’s most powerful production 4-cylinder engine. The engine produces 350hp (261kW) and 475N⋅m (350lbf⋅ft) from a two-liter engine, with a claimed 0-100 km/h acceleration time of 4.3 seconds.
The vehicle was unveiled in the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, followed by the 2013 New York International Auto Show. It went on sale in late September 2013.
For the 2016 year model, Mercedes-AMG increased the horsepower of the CLA 45. It now has 375hp (280kW) at 6,000 rpm which allows the car to accelerate from 0–60 mph in 4.1 seconds compared to the previous 4.4 seconds with 355hp. New features that were added include AMG DYNAMIC SELECT and an introduction to AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package which brings enhanced acceleration, suspension, and transmission.
The Edition 1 model includes Night package, red accents on the radiator grille and exterior mirrors, and AMG sports stripes in matt graphite grey above the side sill panels; optional Intelligent Light System includes red accents on the headlamps, AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in matt black with special AMG hub caps featuring a centre-locking look, red brake callipers, 8 x 19 alloy wheels with 235/35 R 19 tyres, spoiler lip in high-gloss black on the boot lid, choice of 2 standard (cirrus white, night black) and 4 optional (cosmos black metallic, mountain grey metallic, polar silver metallic, designo polar silver magno) body colours.
The CLA-Class achieved the best possible rating of five stars for occupant safety, pedestrian protection and assistance systems in the demanding Euro NCAP assessment scheme. The CLA comes standard with a number of safety systems like Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Adaptive braking technology, Daytime Running Lamps and Rain-sensing windshield wipers. The CLA also received three "Euro NCAP Advanced" rewards for these safety innovations, including the radar-assisted second-generation Collision Prevention Assist, the Attention Assist drowsiness detection system and the anticipatory occupant protection system Pre-Safe (optional equipment). Mercedes-Benz upgraded the safety systems for the 2015 CLA with even more of the latest technology, this includes the Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which helps to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions, and also upgraded the Attention Assist and Traffic Sign Assist (with Speed Limit Assist) systems.
The second generation CLA-Class was unveiled at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in January 2019. Based on the same Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) platform as the W177 A-Class, W247 B-Class, X247 GLB and H247 GLA the C118 CLA-Class retains the fastback styling to set it apart from the V177 A-Class Sedan and shares its powertrains with the A-Class. Stylistically, the design is inspired by the new design language Mercedes-Benz adopted for the C257 CLS-Class.
The C118 has an almost completely flat underbody, resulting in a drag coefficient as low as 0.23. It uses front MacPherson struts in combination with either a twist beam or multi-link at the rear, and the option of adaptive dampers. Compared to its predecessor, the C118 is 48 mm (1.9 in) longer, 53 mm (2.1 in) wider and loses 2 mm (0.1 in) in height, while its wheelbase has been extended by 30 mm (1.2 in).
All models feature the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, including the "Hey Mercedes" voice-controlled assistant and a new Interior Assist gesture control system. Standard models feature two 7-inch displays for the instrument cluster and MBUX screen, and can be upgraded to 10.25-inch screens, a full-color head-up display, adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, and active brake assist.
The X118 CLA Shooting Brake was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. It has 505 litres of boot space, 10 l more than the outgoing model and 45 l more than the standard CLA. Like its predecessor, the CLA Shooting Brake has a drag coefficient of 0.26. However, the CLA Shooting Brake will not be sold in the United States and Australia.
The AMG CLA35 model was unveiled at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. It uses an all-wheel drive layout and has a 7-speed dual clutch AMG SpeedShift DCT transmission. The range-performing variants AMG CLA45 and CLA45 S were unveiled at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. They both uses an all-wheel drive system that can also split torque between the rear wheels via separate clutches and has a 8-speed dual clutch AMG SpeedShift DCT transmission. The AMG variants are also available in the Shooting Brake configuration.
The CLA 250 e plug-in hybrid variant was revealed in March 2020; it is available in both Coupe and Shooting Brake body styles.
CLA 180 03/2019–present 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-TRONIC
CLA 200 03/2019–present 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-TRONIC
CLA 220 03/2019–present 7-speed automatic 7G-TRONIC
CLA 220 4MATIC 03/2019–present 7-speed automatic 7G-TRONIC
CLA 250 03/2019–present 7-speed automatic 7G-TRONIC
CLA 250 4MATIC 03/2019–present 7-speed automatic 7G-TRONIC
CLA 35 AMG 04/2019–present 7-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G
CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC+ 09/2019–present 8-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G
CLA 45 S AMG 4MATIC+ 09/2019–present 8-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G
CLA 180 d 03/2019–present 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-TRONIC
CLA 200 d 04/2019–present 8-speed automatic 8G-TRONIC
CLA 220 d 04/2019–present 8-speed automatic 8G-TRONIC
Plug-In Hybrid Engines
CLA 250 e 03/2020–present 8-speed automatic 8F-DCT
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One of the most common issues experienced by owners of Mercedes' vehicles is with non-engine electrics. Mercedes vehicles are packed with new technology and earlier this year the new MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience) system including a top-of-the-range infotainment system was introduced in the latest A-Class models.
To conclude, Mercedes Benz is a better owner's car while BMW is a better driver's car. The difference of how much better the BMW is to drive over Mercedes Benz is negligible in current times but the tech Mercedes Benz packs in, by any means, is not“negligible”.
Mercedes = very expensive to repair and maintain. Over 100,000 miles even worse. Also it depends on the price of the car and the depth of your wallet. ... Owned many Mercedes the only models over 100K are the S class, SL and CL series and they all hold their resale values extremely well.
Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a series of subcompact executive cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 2013. The first generation was a four-door fastback based on the platform of the W176 A-Class and W246 B-Class compact cars, marketed as a four-door coupé.
The most obvious difference between the Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is their sizes. The C-Class offers 2 extra inches in length, which results in an additional 8 inches of legroom for rear passengers. That being said, the CLA-Class offers more in terms of cargo space.
The annual maintenance cost of a Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is $736. Repair and maintenance costs vary depending on age, mileage, location and shop.
The Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Reliability Rating is 3.5 out of 5.0, which ranks it 7th out of 17 for luxury compact cars. The average annual repair cost is $736 which means it has average ownership costs.
The EPA estimates 30 mpg combined (26 city/38 highway) for the CLA250 with front-wheel drive. After nearly 20,000 miles we averaged 28 mpg. Our best single tank returned 37 mpg with a maximum range of 418 miles.
Because it's designed to be cheap. Mercedes A, B, CLA, GLA are with so called MFA front wheel drive platform. Mercedes didn't produce such cars before, but they had to do something to compete with the low class cars from other manufacturers. The S class is their luxury top car.
Is the Mercedes-Benz CLA Reliable? The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA has an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.
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