Mercedes-Benz has spent nearly a century building a strong reputation for itself through its ultra-luxury sedans such as the S-Class. But still a majority of the population does not pack the budget to own an S-Class. Thus enters the CLA-Class sedan, which is the least priced Mercedes-Benz model and not only acts as a “crowd” puller, but also generates a new revenue stream for the European manufacturer.
The highly affordable CLA-Class can be yours at an unbelievable $30,000, something that most of the pickup trucks cost these days. At this price, the opportunity to own an uber-cool and luxurious Mercedes-Benz is a steal for all practical purposes. It has only been a year since the CLA-Class was launched, and yet, the company has already brought some significant changes to the new model. Talk about chasing perfection.
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review
The CLA-Class takes inspiration from the more expensive and luxurious CLS-Class. Although the CLA-Class is the most compact car from Mercedes-Benz, it still feels like a full-fledged luxury sedan. Everything from the interior surface to the exterior design oozes high quality and has an upscale appeal. The seats are extremely comfortable for both city drives as well as highway rides. The cockpit resembles SLK variants more than the CL-Class. A 7-inch infotainment screen sits inside the cockpit. Complementing this is the dual-zone climate control and the keyless ignition.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Price
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is available in three trim levels, all of which are 4-Door sedans – a forward wheel drive CLA250, 4MATIC CLA250, and 4MATIC CLA45 AMG. The FWD CLA250 is the basic, most toned down trim level of the lot. In other words, even though it starts as low as $29,000, when you add a few options, which you would rather expect to be standard such as heated seats and rearview camera, the price easily shoots up to over $45,000.
2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class MSRP
Although MSRP should give people a good idea of what to pay their dealers, it is only an indicative price and the actual price varies greatly depending on the add-ons, extra features and other such factors. The FWD CLA250 has an MSRP of $31,500, while the next higher level trim, 4MATIC CLA250 which starts around $34,000. The most feature-rich and luxurious of all trim levels of the model, 4MATIC CLA45 AMG starts at about $49,000.
There is not much difference between both the CLA250 trims. The FWD CLA250 comes with a front wheel drive, 17-inch alloy wheels, rain-sensing wipers, and a host of interior features such as ambient lighting, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, driver memory settings, and so on. The 4MATIC CLA45 AMG is additionally equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, a more powerful engine, aluminum interior trim, firmer suspension and others.
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2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class MPG
Both Mercedes-Benz FWD CLA250 and 4MATIC CLA250 are fitted with the same turbocharged 2.0 liter 4-cylinder engine that produces a good 208 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque. They are fitted with an automatic seven-speed transmission to transfer power to the drivetrain. While the FWD CLA250 is a front wheel drive, the 4MATIC is an all-wheel drive sedan. The difference between these two trim levels are slight, but noticeable. The FWD CLA250 manages a good 30 mpg combined, with 26 mpg within city and 38 mpg on highway. On the other hand, the AWD CA250 can give a 27 mpg combined rating, with 24 mpg within city and 32 mpg on highway.
The CLA45 AMG is markedly upscale compared to its lower trims. It comes with a much powerful 2.0 liter engine and twin-scroll turbocharger. The result is a boost in output to a massive 355 horsepower and 332 lb.-ft. of torque. This AWD manages 26 mpg combined, with 23 mpg within city limits, and 32 mpg out on the highway.
The CLA250 trims bring a new category of customers for Mercedes-Benz. They are truly affordable, at least in comparison to their cousins, and yet have managed to blend the Mercedes-Benz signature luxury, comfort, and lavishness into themselves. Slightly adventurous customers will prefer the sportier CLA45 AMG, which already seems to be a winner among the competitors like BMW 2-series, and Audi A3.