Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Surprisingly spacious for four
  • Longer and wider than last car
  • Large boot is easier to access

Passenger space has been boosted over the previous Mercedes-Benz CLA, with more headroom in the front and rear, plus better legroom for those in the back too. While it’s not as spacious back there as the A-Class Hatchback, you can at least fit two adults and a fifth at a push - although we wouldn’t recommend it for long journeys.

In fact as long as you don’t mind the lack of hatchback tailgate, the CLA makes quite a convincing car for family as well as business use. Just don’t try to cram a massive pushchair in the boot.

Longer and wider than before

Almost every dimension is larger in this CLA – it’s longer and wider than before, and this is particularly noticeable inside.

That’s also due to the extra millimetres in the wheelbase, while the wider track front and rear means better stability and a more enjoyable drive. The only measurement smaller than the old car is the height – this model is 2mm lower than the old one, which we doubt you’ll notice.

Lots of luggage space

The CLA has a 460-litre boot – 10 litres less than its predecessor, but it’s much easier to access all the space thanks to a larger aperture. That’s because the old car had massive, single unit taillights, which looked great but meant the tiny boot lid had to be squashed in between.

This Coupe actually has more luggage space than the A-Class Hatchback, but of course it’s harder to use all of it because the tailgate doesn’t open as wide as the five-door car.

Mercedes-Benz CLA safety

  • Five-star Euro NCAP rating
  • Strong standard kit list
  • Optional driver assistance

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe has received a full five-star Euro NCAP rating, which follows on from the last car, and the current A-Class Hatchback upon which this model is based, which also were awarded five stars.

While that’s no guarantee this car will perform the same, a strong roster of safety kit including LED headlights, Active Brake Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist and a speed limit recognition system hint at a positive result.

Optional safety kit

Available to AMG Premium Plus cars with an automatic gearbox is the Driving Assistance package, which adds:

  • Blind spot assist
  • Autonomous braking with cross-traffic function
  • Adaptive cruise control with steering assist
  • Lane-change assist
  • Active speed limit assist
  • Evasive steering assist
  • Route-based speed adjustment

Most of this tech is taken from the S-Class limo and means the CLA can drive semi-autonomously, keeping up with traffic and positioning the car between the white lines for you.

Likewise the optional Multibeam headlights have filtered down from more exotic Mercedes saloons, featuring 84 individual LED to allow for a precise pattern to be beamed on to the road.

Watch: Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe Euro NCAP crash test video

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric mirrors
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Sports seats
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Audio remote
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

AMG equipment

AMG standard equipment
  • Leather seat trim
AMG optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Leather seat trim
AMG Line optional equipment
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Lumbar support

AMG Line Premium equipment

AMG Line Premium standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
AMG Line Premium optional equipment
None available

AMG Line Premium Plus equipment

AMG Line Premium Plus standard equipment
  • Climate control
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
AMG Line Premium Plus optional equipment
None available

S equipment

S standard equipment
  • Audio remote
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric passenger`s seat
S optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Partial leather seat trim

Euro NCAP Rating – 5 stars

The Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe was tested by Euro NCAP in 2019 and was awarded a 5 star overall rating. This overall rating is calculated from the following individual ratings:

5 star rating
Test 2019
Individual safety ratings
Adult Occupant: 96%
Child Occupant: 91%
Vulnerable Road Users: 91%
Safety Assist: 75%

Euro NCAP provides motoring consumers with a realistic and independent assessment of the safety performance of some of the most popular cars sold in Europe. The safety ratings are determined from a series of vehicle tests, designed and carried out by Euro NCAP. These tests represent, in a simplified way, important real life accident scenarios that could result in injured or killed car occupants or other road users.