Mercedes CLA250

Baby Benz with big torque

"The Mercedes of choice for people who couldn't really afford one in the past"

Does it upset the traditional German luxury sedan?" asked Issam

The CLA is the least expensive Mercedes-Benz sedan available, but its "four-door coupe" styling makes it a stylish car on the road. In the beginning, it attracts attention with the CLS-inspired design. Its sporty proportions and powerfully dynamic design idiom, with its interplay between concave and convex surfaces, give this four-door coupe its unmistakable look.

The vehicle's striking features include the bonnet embedded in the front end with power domes and the diamond radiator grille. The light modules and LEDs behind the headlamp cover glass have been arranged in such a way as to create the characteristic "flare effect" for the daytime driving lights and indicators. This light signet defines the car's energetic appearance and shapes a new Mercedes face.

We collected our demo car from T. Gargour & Fils, official distributor of Mercedes-Benz in Lebanon. I jumped in the CLA and I immediately notice the lack of magnificence in the interior. Other models from Mercedes have set the bar too high, and that's the reason. Controls and dials are reasonably located, the outline is appealing enough, but it's a bit draped in plastics. When I first drove the all new C-Class, I was pretty impressed by everything, and yes, I mean everything - that's why my expectations were a bit higher for the CLA. Anyway, who cares as long as it is an affordable Benz for people who couldn't afford one in the past.

The engines offered in Lebanon are the CLA200, CLA250 and the CLA45 AMG.
The CLA 200 comes with 1.6L, develops 156 hp and a maximum torque of 250 Nm, which is likewise available from 1250 to 4000 rpm. It sprints from zero to 100 km/h in 8.6 seconds and has a top speed of 230, but is happy with an average 5.5 l/100 km of fuel, meaning CO2 emissions of 127 g/km.

The CLA 250 is powered by the top engine variant with a displacement of 2.0L turbocharged. The engine develops 211 hp and a maximum torque of 350 Nm from 1200 to 4000 rpm. Performance is at sports car level, with acceleration from zero to 100 km/h in 6.7 seconds and a top speed of 240 km/h. Nonetheless, it has the best fuel consumption in this class at 6.1 l/100 km, and CO2 emissions of 142 g/km.

Verdict
My opinion, overall, after three days of driving? It is the perfect vehicle that will draw new customers to the brand as older, more established buyers age out, ironically speaking. It will always be a Benz, but improvements are a must. Check out your nearest dealership and hop into one for test drive.

Stars: 3.5 stars
One word: concrete
Pros: Looks elegant, sporting dynamics, all wheel drivetrain
Cons: expensive once you equip it, tight rear legroom

Specs:
2.0L turbocharged DOHC, i4, 211 hp @ @ 5500 rpm, 350 Nm @ 1200-4000 rpm
7 speed dual-clutch automatic with manual shifting mode, AWD/FWD
0-100 kph: 6.7 secs, top speed: 240 kph, fuel consumption: 6.1 – 6.2 L/ 100 km
Weight: 1530 kg

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