The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a car that will appeal to a specific group – drivers who want to get away from a hatchback without moving up to a larger C-Class saloon.
You get a rakish coupe roofline and four doors in a car based on the A-Class hatchback, although it is about a foot longer.
Where the A-Class is quite restrained, the CLA is much more aggressive, with “powerdome” bonnet bulges and a diamond shaped grille - there is a lot of Mercedes-Benz CLS in its styling.
As you would expect there is a host of safety systems installed and it has earned the car the top five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating.
Most interesting is the Collision Prevention Assist which gives audio-visual warnings if a potential crash is spotted and then primes the brakes in order to facilitate full power braking when the pedal is pressed.