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Mercedes-Benz CLA

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Summary


The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a compact saloon and estate model, based on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The current model is the second generation CLA, which was launched in 2019.

Mercedes-Benz refers to the saloon model as a ‘four-door coupé’ and the estate model as a ‘shooting brake’, however neither is correct and it’s simply marketing spin based on the CLA being lower and sleeker (and more expensive) than the A-Class models that it’s based on. There are higher-performance models called the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 and CLA 45, which are not covered here. We are building separate pages for these models, so check back soon.

The Mercedes-Benz CLA has received generally positive reviews from the UK motoring media. It has received praise for its styling and high levels of advanced technology. However, its sleek compromises its space and general practicality, and consumer titles have marked the CLA more harshly than its A-Class siblings as a result. Overall, it currently has an Expert Rating score of 70% (as of October 2021), which is identical to the A-Class.

The CLA is available with a choice of petrol, diesel or plug-in hybrid powertrains. The petrol and diesel engines were available from launch in 2019, with the plug-in hybrid version added in early 2020.

Key specifications


Body style: Saloon and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid
Price: From £31,695 on-road

Launched: Summer 2019
Last updated: Spring 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: September 2019

96%

ADULT OCCUPANT

91%

CHILD OCCUPANT

91%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

75%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

The Mercedes-Benz CLA has not been lab tested by Green NCAP. This is a new initiative, launched in 2018 as a sister organisation to Euro NCAP. As yet, very few new cars have been tested for environmental impact by Green NCAP. Inevitably the testing programme was halted in early 2020 by the coronavirus pandemic, before resuming later in the year with an enhanced testing process.

If the CLA is selected for assessment by Green NCAP, we will publish the results here.

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Mercedes-Benz CLAThe Mercedes-Benz CLA has received mixed reviews, with praise for its styling and technology but criticism for a lack of practicality.