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Mercedes-Benz CLA 200

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It’s a CLA!

Strikingly similar to the A-Class, in terms of appearance and with what’s cooking under the bonnet, the CLA is a different take on a dearly beloved vehicle. Now in its second generation, this vehicle is ready to make its mark in the motoring world. I’m liking this new route that Mercedes-Benz is busy venturing down and I can’t wait to see what else is in store, especially after reviewing this beautiful creation!

The Concept

Known and promoted by Mercedes-Benz as a four-door Coupe, the CLA brings something new and different to the market. It’s mixing this up in the sedan avenue and is already loved by many in the country. That’s because it’s a really versatile vehicle- it can appeal to the executive businesswomen, a young couple, mom of a small to medium family, or even for a retiree who still has plenty of fight in them to make a statement.

The Look

Why mess with a winning recipe as this design is definitely taking home all the trophies in the sleek and sophistication competition. Put the CLA and the A-Class next to each other and you would say it’s the same vehicle but the trained eye will spot the minor differences such as small changes in the lights, the CLA’s bonnet is also more protruding and at the back, the boot lid’s has a perky upsweep. The CLA is a bit more matured with its defined bonnet ridges and longer physique. Its 17-inch wheels enhance its stance and it will definitely be noticed in parking lots, drive-ways and especially in rearview mirrors. The signature star is embedded in a stunning diamond grille and is highlighted by a horizontal chrome strip. To further emphasize its prominent elements is a set of halogen headlights which are also enhanced with LED and Daytime Running Lights. The CLA is designed with elegance and looks like a million bucks (ahem, for good reason) to guarantee that you will be noticed no matter where you go - this is for sure a head-turner.

The Feel

Step inside and you will feel the luxury and sophistication with ARTICO hand-stitched leather seats and velour floor mats means your feet can also feel the luxury. I took a particular liking to the multifunction sports steering wheel which sits well in the hand and offers a good grip to give you the confidence to press down on the accelerator just a wee bit. Sportiness is added to the cabin with features such as the shift paddles located behind the steering wheel and the inclined window line which can also be a factor when it comes to visibility and all round viewing. It has all the makings of a high-quality family vehicle with its plush seat and roominess which isn’t hindered much by the tapering roofline thanks to Mercedes-Benz’s unique and intuitive design techniques and will fit a family of four quite comfortably. It also has a 460–litre boot to pack in everything for the road trips and extended holidays.

The Features

On par with Mercedes-Benz and their luxurious standard, the infotainment system is intuitive and easy to use. This MBUX multimedia system has smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth Connectivity and Voice Control. This can all be accessed via the touchpad, the display or even through the nifty toggles situated on the multifunctional steering wheel. THERMATIC climate control, automatic air conditioning, cruise control, remote central locking, keyless access start, hands free key, electric windows and heated seats all round as well as automatic rain sensing wipers have all been fitted into this vehicle to provide you with a memorable experience whether it be behind the wheel or in the passenger seat.

ABS, EBD, Active Brake Assist, Traction Control, Stability Control, a tyre pressure sensor monitor deflation detection system, driver airbag, front passenger airbag, driver knee airbag, front side airbags, curtain airbags and ISOFIX child seat anchorage. Furthermore, your sexy CLA is protected by an Anti-Theft Protection package, anti-theft alarm system for parking damage notification and an interior monitoring system. A tyre pressure monitoring system is also included as you never know what curveball life might be thrown next and its best to always be prepared. Mercedes-Benz has truly outdone themselves to provide you with a vehicle that has all the bells and whistles (and a bit more because why not?) for you to have an unforgettable driving experience every time you climb into this beauty.

The Drive

The CLA is powered by a 1.3-litre engine but don’t worry! It’s turbocharged, so it still produces 120kW of power and 250Nm of torque. The advantage of this small engine is that it has an awesome fuel consumption of just 5.5-litre per 100km and the automated dual-clutch does a wonderful job of offering you spirited acceleration and a smooth driving experience. Due to its widened stance, it has better road handling and takes to corners rather effortlessly and I must say that wind and road noise is unheard of. The CLA is by no means a sports or performance vehicle but I must say that does put its foot down thrillingly and the springy suspension makes the journey just that more enjoyable. Overall, the CLA is an excellent vehicle I think it would make a great addition to you and to your family.

Where to find it

If this cheeky CLA has piqued your interest and you would like to know more about its great offerings, visit http://www.mercedes-benz.co.za today!

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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler

 

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