2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4Matic

Pre-shrunk. An All-Wheel-Drive, entry-level Mercedes Sedan.

  • Likes
  • Compact city car
  • attention assist
  • optional panoramic sunroof
  • Dislikes
  • Performance could be better
  • electronic interface
  • harsh ride
  • combine blinker and whippers control

With its turbocharged 2.0 liter engine driving all four wheels, the smallest Mercedes Sedan is also one of the more exciting of Stuttgart's offerings. Following the Benz tradition of having its small cars look like shrunken versions of its large cars, the CLA250 has styling cues from both the swoopy CLS series and the new S-class. The CLA's headlights and grille, in particular, call to mind the new S and C class Sedans.

All curves and protuberances, the CLA250's shape is a long way from the upright, boxy, solid-looking sedans that were once the Teutonic company's signature. Not a bad-looking car by any means, especially from the front, the CLA nonetheless looks a little bit unfinished to our eyes, like an embryo that hasn't yet had time to harden into an adult Mercedes-Benz.

Inside, however, Stuttgart's smallest comes with all the style and luxury one would expect of the brand. The Mountain Grey 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 4Matic we reviewed came with MB-Tex upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and a Becker Map Pilot navigation system. The interior design is fresh without being too trendy, and we liked how the dash vents echoed the motifs of the gauges. Most controls are intuitive to figure out and easy to use, although, as ever, Mercedes' infotainment interface can be confusing.

Warranty/Service: 4-year/50,000 mile limited warranty, 4-year/50,000 mile rust perforation warranty, 4-year/50,000 miles drivetrain warranty

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Specs

Base Price: $31,900

As Tested: $31,900

  • 24 / 32 mpg
  • EPA
  • 6.3 sec
  • 0-60
  • 208 hp
  • Horsepower
  • Engine: 2.0-liter direct-injected DOHC 4, turbo
  • Horsepower: 208 hp
  • Torque: 258
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual clutch
  • Curb Weight: 3,400 lbs
  • Wheelbase: 106.3 in
  • Length: 182.3 in
  • Width: 70 in
  • Height: 56.6 in
  • Turning circle: 36 ft
  • Brakes: 4-wheel disc with ABS
  • Suspension: 4-wheel independent suspension; front and rear stabilizer bar
  • Traction: Electronic stability program, not-fully defeatable.
  • 0-60 mph: 6.3 sec
  • EPA City: 24 mpg
  • EPA Highway: 32 mpg
  • Combined MPG: 27 mpg
  • Seating Capacity: 4
  • Safety: Advanced airbag system, collision prevention assist, attention assist

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