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MERCEDES-BENZ CLA AMG COUPE

CLA 45 S 4Matic+ Plus 4dr Tip Auto

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In second generation form, the four-door CLA Coupe continues to inject an extra dose of style into Mercedes' compact model line-up. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Never underestimate the power of emotional appeal. It's brought us cars like this one, this second generation Mercedes CLA Coupe. We first saw the original version of this four-door coupe in 2013, that design followed by an equally trendy 'Shooting Brake' estate version a couple of years later. This replacement continues in much the same vein: so it's A-Class-based, which means that it's front-driven - unlike the kind of Mercedes C-Class saloon you could buy for very similar money. A C-Class would give you much more rear seat room and boot space, but a CLA will make a much more overt car park statement - which for its intended audience will be all that really matters. This MK2 model is a little bigger and much more sophisticated than its predecessor. And, as before, it comes in the four-door Coupe form we're going to look at here - or in 'Shooting Brake' estate guise.

Driving Experience

Mercedes markets this car as a 'sporty' alternative to its more conventional C-Class saloon. The CLA Coupe's sporty styling leads you to expect that. Though this car shares its chassis, steering and braking architecture with A and B-Class models, it does get its own suspension set-up, with various changes made to improve comfort and make it a bit less crashy over poorer surfaces. There's torque vectoring to help with the handling and 'Direct Steering' to sharpen things up at the helm. The range kicks off with CLA 180 and CLA 200 variants that both use a 1.3-litre petrol engine co-developed with Renault and are respectively capable of producing either 136hp and 200Nm of torque or 163hp and 250Nm. There's also a plug-in hybrid, the CLA 250e, which uses a 1.33-litre engine mated to a 15.6kWh battery with a system output of 218hp and an all-electric driving range of up to 49 miles (NEDC). Beyond that lies another petrol-powered front-driven variant, the CLA 250, which uses a 2.0-litre engine and can generate 224hp and 350Nm. You can also talk to your dealer about a 190hp diesel-powered CLA 220d variant. All petrol models use a 7G-DCT seven-speed automatic transmission (it's an 8-speeder in the diesel). There are also two high performance Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre turbo petrol models, the CLA 35 4MATIC (with 306hp) and the top CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (with 421hp).

Design and Build

By any measure, this is a handsome car, purposeful, with sporting proportions and a potent long stretched bonnet. Hi-tech too, with jewel-like LED daytime running lamps fashioned to create a flare effect around the diamond-shaped grille. It's not just about aesthetics either. The combination of the long, stretched entry line above the windows and frameless doors give the CLA Coupe a sporty and elegant character. And the super-sleek drag factor makes this one of the most aerodynamic production cars you can buy. The cabin's very similar to that of an A-Class - which these days is a very good thing indeed. The designers have completely dispensed with the usual instrument binnacle cowl, so as a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The widescreen display is completely free-standing. And the lower section of the fascia is visually separated from the main body of the instrument cluster by what the designers call a 'trench', and it appears to float in front of the instrument cluster. The standard ambient lighting enhances this effect and the air vents, finished in a sporty 'turbine-look' are another highlight. There's a 460-litre boot, but if that's not enough, talk to your dealer about the CLA-Class Shooting Brake estate variant. Here, there's a 505-litre boot (which is 10-litres larger than the previous generation model).

Market and Model

CLA Coupe prices start at just over £31,000 and rise to around £58,000, which leave this car right in Mercedes C-Class saloon territory. Think in terms of a premium of around £1,000 to get yourself the Shooting Brake estate version you can ask your dealer about. There's a choice of three trim levels - 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'. Even base 'AMG Line' models come decently equipped, standard kit including the MBUX multimedia system that includes 'Hey Mercedes' voice recognition and is accessed through a 10.25-inch centre-dash touchscreen. This incorporates navigation, a DAB radio and smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a 7-inch digital cockpit display, LED high performance headlights, privacy glass, Thermotronic luxury two-zone automatic climate control, a Parking package and heated front seats with leather upholstery. Standard safety features include Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist. 'AMG Line Premium' trim adds a larger 10.25-inch digital cockpit display, a dash cam, ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours and keyless entry. Finally 'AMG Line Premium Plus' spec adds a panoramic sliding sunroof, Multibeam LED headlights, memory seats for the driver and front passenger and an 'Energizing pack' which uses a number of the car's systems to boost driver fitness and wellbeing.

Cost of Ownership

You'd expect such an aerodynamic production car to deliver an ultra-competitive set of running costs, so let's get to the WLTP figures. The CLA 180 and CLA 200 Coupe variants can deliver up to 46.3mpg on the combined cycle. The CLA 180 emits 124g/km of CO2 and the CLA 200 emits 123g/km. And the CLA 250 can deliver up to 41.5mpg and emit 135g/km of CO2. The CLA 220d diesel manages up to 57.7mpg and 110g/km. What else? Well it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional 'Service Care' package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash. There's also an ASSYST dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. It's also worth mentioning that the included 'Mercedes me' connect services package includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling your CLA to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.

Summary

If you're in the market for a compact, prestigiously-badged stylised saloon and like the look of this one, then nothing I'm going to say here is likely to dissuade you away from CLA Coupe motoring. Unlike Mercedes, I think this car does have some direct rivals, but I'd agree that there is quite a lot that's unique about the way it looks. This design really is a breath of fresh air in what can otherwise be rather a staid market sector. Which is why it's very likely to sell as intended - to people who never intended to drive a Mercedes. Younger folk who don't care about the abandonment of the rear wheel drive layout that was once considered conditional for a car of this type. They'll probably care just as little about the rear seat packaging compromises and the rather firm ride. They might not even mind the premium pricing. It's all about emotional appeal you see, as I said at the beginning.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Fuel Efficiency
Fuel Efficiency34.00mpg
Emissions
Emissions202.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed168mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • 10.25 inch Instrument display with digital cockpit
  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display with AMG specific, AMG start up logo, visualisation of the AMG drive programs, vehicle and engine data
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • AMG DYNAMIC SELECT with drive programs Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport+, Individual and RACE including Drift mode activated + RACE START function
  • AMG menu with sporty additional information - Gear indicator with yellow M symbol manual mode, Warm Up menu and Set Up menu
  • AMG speed sensitive steering with two sets of steering characteristics
  • AMG track pace
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Blind spot assist
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • Direct steer system with speed sensitive power steering
  • Dual bluetooth interfaces
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Setup
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limit assist
  • Traffic sign assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • Burmester surround sound system (590W) with premium mid range speaker, tweeter, 2 speakers in C pillars, subwoofer, DSP amplifier + burmester letter
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • USB (type C) ports (2) in stowage compartment and 1 in front of centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG body styling specific front apron, AMG side sill panels, AMG rear apron, AMG roof spoiler lip, Specific S labelling boot lid + front apron CLA 45
  • AMG bodystyling side skirts
  • AMG specific radiator grille in high gloss chrome with AMG lettering
  • Beltline strips in High gloss Black
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome weather strip
  • Electric panoramic sliding sunroof
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
  • Exhaust system with AMG Real performance sound and sporty sound (BALANCED) or emotional, motorsport sound
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • High level LED third brake light
  • Integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Multibeam LED headlamps with adaptive highbeam assist plus
  • Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Two round twin tailpipe trim elements each measuring 90 mm in diameter and AMG lettering plus ribbing on the inside of the pipe
  • Valve control dependent on drive program
  • Vehicle Monitoring
  • Vehicle Setup
  • Window line trim strip in high gloss black

Interior Features

  • 3 spoke flattened lower sporty design AMG Performance steering wheel with Nappa/DINAMICA microfiber, grip area,12 clock mark +AMG letter silver chrome
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • AMG centre console decidedly sporty with raised front section
  • AMG centre console finished with trim in silver chrome
  • AMG floor mats
  • AMG Performance sportily shaped seats with power adjustable front seats, special seat cushions + AMG badge backrests
  • AMG Steering wheel touch control buttons
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Illuminated Mercedes benz door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Rear armrest with two integral cup holders for drinks
  • Silver coloured aluminium gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Spectacles compartment for driver
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

Packs

  • Aerodynamics pack - CLA
  • AMG driver's package - CLA
  • AMG Multi contour seat pack - CLA
  • AMG Night package - CLA 35/45
  • AMG performance seat pack (High End) - CLA 45 S 4Matic+ Plus
  • Keyless go pack - CLA
  • Light and sight pack - CLA
  • Mirror pack - CLA
  • Parking package - CLA
  • Seat comfort pack - CLA

Safety

  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • AMG high performance brake system with red painted brake callipers and black AMG lettering at the front, ventilated and perforated brake discs
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Black seat belts
  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • ESP curve dynamic assist with 3 stage ESP
  • Exit warning
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function

Technical

  • AMG performance 4MATIC+ with torque control distribution
  • AMG suspension with AMG ride control including AMG specific axles and sporty spring/damper setup
  • Rear axle multi-link
  • Suspension with adaptive damping system

Trim

  • Aluminium AMG design black/silver interior trim

Wheels

  • 19" AMG forged alloy wheels cross spoke design painted matt black with a high sheen rim flange
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit
  • Wheel arches with flared AMG wings with TURBO 4MATIC+ lettering

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.177
  • CO2 (g/km)
    189
  • HC
    0.016
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    70
  • NOx
    0.021
  • Particles
    0.0007
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    202

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1991
  • Compression Ratio
    9.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    83
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    92
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Combined (mpg)
    34
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg)
    40.4
  • EC Urban (mpg)
    27.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    8.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    7.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    13.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    34.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    37.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    21.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    31.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    2.0
  • Badge Power
    421
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    4MATIC+ Plus
  • Coin Series
    S Plus
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    45E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    12500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    4
  • Engine Power - BHP
    421
  • Engine Power - KW
    310
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6750
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    369
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    51
  • Engine Torque - NM
    500
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    5000
  • Top Speed
    168

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AMG CROSS SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1413
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4693
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1857
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1999

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    51
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2175
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    460
  • Max. Loading Weight
    480
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1695
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.6
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Customer Reviews

   
Sean Annells

Sean Annells

"First class service from start to finish. Great communication and very competitive on pricing. Always wanted to help and nothing was to much trouble. Tom always replied to my emails as soon as he could and always went the extra mile to answer my questions. Would definitely recommend Silverstone Fleet to anyone."

"a week ago"

Alun Davies

Alun Davies

"When I started looking to get a new (personal) lease car I contacted a number of leasing companies. Silverstone were by far the most responsive and helpful. They were able to order exactly the model of car I wanted at an excellent price. Every aspect of their service from setting up the lease contract to overseeing the delivery of the car was exemplary. They were attentive and responsive but never 'pushy'. Thouroughly recommended. A big thank you to all the Silverstone team, especially Holly who dealt with all my enquiries quickly and efficiently."

"2 months ago"

Dan Jones

Dan Jones

"Superb service. After having been really let down by another leasing company, Silverstone saved the day. Really professional, quick and pleasant staff. Clear communication and quality service from start to finish. I was so pleased with the service I leased another car from them! Thanks especially to Aby, who was a superstar. I leased a Tesla Model 3 (and now a Fiat 500 too!)"

"3 months ago"

Susan Frampton

Susan Frampton

"I cannot fault the service received from Silverstone Fleet Management, for Start to finish it was seamless. I was regularly kept in the loop with information and what was required from myself to proceed. Holly Palmer who is one of the SFM Sales Support Executive was very prompt in responding to my emails and sending me anything that I needed to complete for the process and acknowledging anything that I returned. Tom Bailey who is one of the SFM Account Managers was very prompt at sending me the original quotes and adapting them to suit my needs and alongside Holly keeping me informed at every point during the start to end process. The whole process took at the most 3 weeks from quoting, ordering to the delivery/collection. although I appreciate this was a stock vehicle and not ordered purposely for my requirements. I had to go and collect the vehicle in the end as there were no available drivers to deliver for the date that I needed the vehicle, but this was not a fault of SFM, who tried their best to get the vehicle to me for the requested date, but had I not needed the vehicle to go on holiday then I would only have had to wait a couple more days for delivery. I would totally recommend SFM to my family and friends and hopefully I will be able to put people/business their way. When my lease is up I would not hesitate to use SFM again and hopefully this review will persuade others to take a leap of faith in SFM as they really do deliver the fantastic service that they advertise"

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Madeline Biggs

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"Received my car this week and I cannot recommend this company enough!! They helped me find my perfect car and then helped every step of the way till it's delivery. Even after that they checked to see if I was happy. They went above and beyond and I have already been recommending them to my family and friends. Thanks to all the the team at Silverstone Fleet Management - car leasing in Northampton"

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