The CLA is one of the best looking and aerodynamic cars available today with a growing number of fans enjoying what it has to offer. As well as being stylish, the CLA is an economical and practical four-door coupe which is based on the same platform as the Mercedes A Class. The interior does look similar and includes a useful 5.8 inch touchscreen to control various functions such as the radio and even apps from the owner's iPhone.
Among the choice of engines is an excellent 2.1 litre diesel and two petrol versions inCLAuding a powerful 1.6 litre. The 2.1 litre diesel in the CLA 220 CDI is the cheapest to run and will return around 67mpg with CO2 emissions of 109g/km. Choose the CLA 180 petrol engine and the economy will be around 52mpg with emissions of 126g/km. Those are quite impressive economy figures for a car of this size and the market it is aiming for and handling really is impressive as well. There's also an excellent suspension and owners can choose between 'Sports' which will stiffen the suspension to give a more dynamic performance or 'Comfort' which will soften it to deal with the bumpy roads we have in the UK. Comfort will always almost be the default setting.
Owners will also find that the CLA is a comfortable and pleasant ride, insulation is excellent which means there's very little road or tyre noise. There's lots of room on board for adults though tall people may find the legroom and sloping roof leaves something to be desired when sat in the rear seats. The CLA is also very safe to drive and the firm has added a raft of equipment as standard to help make this an impressive offering.
Why not have a look at the CLA on the official Mercedes-Benz UK company web site and get the latest news about the CLA in the UK at The UK Mercedes-Benz Owners' Cluub. You may also like to see what they're saying about the CLA on the Top Gear web site.
Safety features include attention assist which detects when the driver is drowsy and will emit a loud warning and put a message on the dashboard for the driver to wake up and there’s also collision prevention assist which kicks in at speeds of more than 4mph to help prevent accidents. Should the car be involved in a serious crash, there is also an emergency call system which will automatically dial the emergency services for help. Essentially, the CLA is an impressive and stylish car to look at since it appears to be a premium car with a lower pricetag; it also handles really well and is great on the motorways.
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