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Segment Luxury
BodyType Sedan
Transmission DCT
Capacity 1.6 - 2.0 L
Horsepower 158 - 214 PS
Seats 5
Road Tax Cost*
Insurance Cost*
Fuel Cost*

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  • Overview
  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Features
  • Powertrain
  • Fuel Consumption
  • Ride Comfort
  • Conclusion
  • Overview

    Mercedes-Benz CLA Overview

    Following the success of the game-changing 2004 Mercedes-Benz CLS 4-door coupé, a niche concept that is quickly imitated by its competitors, the smaller Mercedes-Benz CLA attempts to emulate the success of its bigger brother by offering the same stylish exterior design in a more compact and accessible package.

    Officially unveiled in 2013, the first generation C117 Mercedes-Benz CLA took the world by storm with its sleek and compact 4-door fastback coupé design, sitting on the underpinning of the W176 Mercedes-Benz A Class. Inspired by the Concept Style Coupé, the production version of the C117 CLA became the most aerodynamic production vehicle on sale at the time, outdoing the Tesla Model S.

    Controversially, an entry level Mercedes-Benz CLA is based strictly on a front-wheel drive platform and powered exclusively by 4-cylinder engines. And despite the criticism, the 4-door coupé has received nothing but praise among the motoring community.

    A facelift was introduced in 2017, offering a revised front fascia featuring new font grille, headlights, and taillights design. The facelifted Mercedes-Benz CLA for the Malaysian market include updates for the 1.6 L CLA 200 and the 2.0 L CLA 250 4Matic, with prices starting from RM 226,334 and RM 278,888 respectively. AMG Line body kit is now made available across all variants.

  • Exterior

    Mercedes-Benz CLA Exterior

    The facelifted model introduced a new front fascia, most notably a new bumper design with aggressively styled air intakes and bumper lip. Both variants are equipped with the sporty AMG Line exterior trim which include the new diamond radiator grille with chrome pins, and a revised rear bumper design with integrated twin trapezoidal exhaust exits.

    Flanking the new diamond grille is Mercedes-Benz’s LED High Performance headlamps with integrated daytime running light. Direction indicators, DRLs as well as the position lights utilise multifunction fibre-optic technology, while the revised LED taillights design at the rear feature wing-like signatures and incorporate automatic intensity control to reduce dazzle for drivers behind.

    The available Night Edition package adds matt titanium grey finishing on the front and rear apron as well as the side sill panel inserts. It also comes with a Night Edition badge on the front fender. The CLA 200 gets 18-inch AMG multi-spoke wheels while the CLA 250 comes fitted with the 18-inch AMG 5-twin-spoke dual-tone alloy wheels.

    The iconic fastback silhouette and beautiful proportion is retained, accentuated by the sculpted surfaces, short rear overhang and strong flowing character lines along the sides. The revised front and rear bumper design emphasize the car’s visual width, giving it a wider and more athletic stance.

    Compared to the CLA’s fiercest rival, the new BMW 2 Series Gran Coupé, the first generation C117 CLA is considerably larger in size despite being one generation older. It is 114 mm longer and 12 mm taller compared to its German rival. It also has a 29 mm longer wheelbase. The BMW however trumps the Merc in terms of width by 23 mm.

     Length  4,640 mm
     Width  1,777 mm
     Height  1,432 mm
     Wheelbase  2,699 mm


  • Interior

    Mercedes-Benz CLA Interior

    The interior of the Mercedes-Benz CLA is essentially a direct carry over from the W176 Mercedes-Benz A Class on which it is heavily based. The cabin layout of the facelifted model remained largely unchanged, including the signature turbine-style circular air vents and the tiered dashboard design.

    What’s new is both variants now come equipped with a slimmer, free-standing 8-inch infotainment display with glass cover. The analog driver’s instrument cluster now feature a sportier red colour needle. Sports seats trimmed in Artico leather and Dinamica microfibre are standard across all variants.

    The CLA 200’s cabin is highlighted with light aluminium trim with longitudinal grain, while the CLA 250 gets aluminium trim with dark honeycomb grain. Satin chrome finishes on the driver’s controls (gear lever, rotary selector, steering wheel) and the door release handles adds a touch of sophistication to the cabin. The leather-wrapped flat-bottomed steering wheel is lifted straight from the higher end Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

    Interior space has never been the CLA’s strongest suit. Headroom at the back is adversely compromised due to the slopping roofline. Kneeroom is not excellent either. Rear passengers can feel a tad claustrophobic and the narrow rear window opening only make matters worse. Boot space of 470 litre however is rather impressive.


  • Features

    Mercedes-Benz CLA Features

    Standard features include an 8.0-inch Audio 20 with CD changer, power adjustable front seats with memory function, cruise control, paddle shifters, LED High Performance headlamps with integrated DRL, front/rear parking sensor, automatic parking system and reverse camera. 

    Technical highlights include ventilated front disc and solid disc at the rear, 18-inch alloy wheels, 4Matic four-wheel-drive system for the CLA 250 and standard AMG-Line body kit. Safety wise, all CLA comes with 7 airbags as standard (including a Kneebag for the driver), along with ABS/EBD, stability control Driver assistance feature include Attention Assist, PRE-SAFE and Active Brake Assist systems. 

  • Powertrain

    Mercedes-Benz CLA Powertrain Performance

    Powering the CLA 200 is a 1.6 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged engine developing 158 hp at 5,300 RPM and 250 Nm of torque from 1,250 RPM. 0-100 km/h is dispatched in 8.2 seconds before reaching a top speed of 230 km/h. Under the hood of the CLA 250 4Matic is a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged mill making 214 PS at 5,500 RPM and 350 Nm of torque from 1,200 RPM. 

    Power is sent to all four wheels. With the added performance and traction from the 4Matic system, naught to 100 km/h time is slash by 1.7 seconds, completing the century sprint in an impressive 6.5 seconds. Top speed is 240 km/h. Both engine choices are mated to the same 7-speed automatic dual clutch transmission (DCT). Compared to Mercedes’s G-Tronic automatic transmission, the DCT is not as seamless and can be a bit hesitant during gear changes.

  • Fuel Consumption

    Mercedes-Benz CLA Fuel Consumption

    The CLA 200 is rated at 5.5 L/100 Km while the CLA 250 4Matic is rated at 6.5 L/100 km.

  • Ride Comfort

    Mercedes-Benz CLA Ride Comfort

    Both variants are equipped with a MacPherson strut up front and a multi-link set up at the rear. The CLA 200 received the ‘lowered comfort suspension’ setup while the more powerful CLA 250 4Matic is fitted with a performance-oriented sport suspension.

    The lowered suspension whilst making the car looks a lot better, it however compromised on its ride quality. The ‘comfort’ suspension is neither comfortable nor refined and the sport suspension is simply too stiff for everyday driving. 

  • Conclusion

    Mercedes-Benz CLA Conclusion

    Despite its many faults, the Mercedes-Benz CLA is a car that offers visual appeal like no other in the segment, and it is far more attainable than the Mercedes-Benz CLS which inspired it. The CLA is a classic example of a design exercise that prioritise form over function. But if you love the way it looks, you will definitely love the car.

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  • What is the Power Socket of Mercedes-Benz CLA?

    Here are the Power Socket and variants of Mercedes-Benz CLA:

    Variants2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Night Edition2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 2002018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4Matic
    Power Socket2 Front, 1 Rear, 1 Boot2 Front, 1 Rear, 1 Boot2 Front, 1 Rear, 1 Boot
  • What are the Petrol variants of Mercedes-Benz CLA?

    Mercedes-Benz CLA is available in Petrol variants, which are 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Night Edition, 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200, 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4Matic.
  • What is the Steering Tilt of Mercedes-Benz CLA?

    Here are the Steering Tilt and variants of Mercedes-Benz CLA:

    Variants2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 Night Edition2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 2002018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4Matic
    Steering TiltYYY
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