The CLA 200 runs a 1.6-litre inline-4 turbo engine with 115kW and 250Nm, and can be made to look much like the AMG version, with an extensive list of exterior bits and pieces. However, I drove the Urban spec, which is about as standard as the range gets. Even in standard trim, it still looks very much like a premium product.
This is particularly a well-designed car in my opinion - attractive from any angle. Itâ€™s also the most slippery car in the world with a drag co-efficient of 0.22. This means that the car pierces through the air reducing fuel consumption, and has an impressive claimed efficiency. Thereâ€™s even a clever flap which closes off the radiator automatically when cooling is not needed, making the car even more aerodynamic.
However, Mercedes have certainly not held back on equipment. A plethora of active and safety features are standard, as well as high level infotainment and sound systems are included across the range. Making its way down the Merc stable is COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST (their capitals, not mine) which uses radar and helps prevent collisions from as low as 7km/h. Itâ€™s great to see this kind of safety tech available in these cars, and it adds to the carâ€™s high level of safety, with top marks at EURONCAP and an advanced award from the group for active safety features.
It gets even more interesting when you look at pricing. TheÂ Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 comes in at R374Â 000, while a C 180 comes in at R377Â 000, and there is certainly many second hand C Classes running around, which you can find right here on Cars.co.za.
I feel the CLA will certainly appeal to the buyer who values style. But for space, comfort and practicality, the C Class has its little brother covered.
|Model||Engine||Power/Torque||Fuel cons.||Price incl VAT|
|CLA 180||1.6l 4cyl T||90/200||5.6l/100km||R348 700|
|CLA 200||1.6l 4cyl T||115/250||5.7l/100km||R372 700|
|CLA 220 CDi||2.2l 4cyl T||125/350||4.5l/100km||R397 600|
|CLA 45 AMG||2.0l 4cyl T||265/450||7.1l/100km||R674 400|