Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Petrol and diesel engines

When the CLA goes on sale there will be a choice of either a petrol or diesel engine. The CLA 180 is the former option, with a claimed 120bhp and an average fuel economy of 50.4mpg.

Diesel power comes courtesy of a 2.1-litre unit known as the CLA 220 CDI, which makes 168bhp and returns a claimed 62.8mpg on the combined cycle.

Start/stop technology is standard across the engine range. As per the regular A-Class, two suspension set-ups are available depending on the trim level you decide on. Sport customers get ‘comfort’ suspension while AMG Sport buyers get lower ‘Sport’ suspension.

So the CLA is a refreshing deviation from the norm but is it a car worth buying?

Read on for the full Mercedes-Benz CLA review to find out.