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Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Coupe review

2013 - 2019 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 54.0

At a glance

Price new £25,050 - £50,420
Used prices £5,120 - £26,297
Road tax cost £20 - £600
Insurance group 20 - 46
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Fuel economy 29.7 - 50.4 mpg
Range 394 - 770 miles
Miles per pound 4.4 - 6.4
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Pros & cons

  • Premium feel
  • Unique market placement
  • Good handling
  • Comfortable
  • Well-equipped
  • Latent automatic gearbox
  • Poor rear headroom

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


The Mercedes-Benz CLA is a rakish four-door coupé based on the A-Class hatchback. It’s aimed at a new market segment for the German carmaker, including people who may not have considered driving a Mercedes before.

The CLA is a very accomplished car and is a genuinely good prospect for those looking for a break from the hatchback norm without moving up to the likes of the BMW 3 Series and even Mercedes-Benz C-Class saloon.

Sleek styling based on the A-Class

It is similar in theme to the Mercedes-Benz CLS, a sleek coupé based on the C-Class saloon. The CLA is a coupe-styled four-door saloon based on the A-Class.

It’s around a foot longer than the regular A-Class and has a far more aggressive appearance. Design cues include ‘powerdome’ bulges in the bonnet, a diamond-look grille and a tapered rear, making the car resemble a Mercedes-Benz CLS in miniature.

Mercedes is particularly proud of the CLA’s aerodynamics, stating that it has the slipperiest shape of any production car on sale today.

Active safety systems

Of course, being a Mercedes there’s a whole host of safety systems installed to gain a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating. These include Collision Prevention Assist, a radar braking system which triggers a series of visual and audible warnings on detecting a potential impact ahead and primes the brakes ready to stop the car as quickly as possible.