The CLA-Class is a four-door compact executive saloon from Mercedes, which delivers the pleasing shape, premium-quality interior and vigorous performance you would expect from the marque -- along with extraordinarily low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.
The profile of the CLA-Class is unmistakeably Mercedes-Benz -- yet at the same time highly distinctive, due to such design cues as its diamond-shaped mesh grille, the powerdomes of the bonnet, the deeply scalloped sides, and the twin exhausts. The car's low, tapered look is no optical illusion -- a drag coefficient of just 0.22 makes it the most aerodynamic vehicle in its class or any other, with all that entails for performance and fuel economy.
The 2.1 litre turbodiesel CLA 220 CDI engine is capable of combined fuel economy of 62.8mpg, with carbon output a mere 117g/km -- exempting buyers from road tax in the first year of ownership and making them liable for a modest £30 levy in subsequent years. At the same time, this powertrain's ample reserves of torque enables it to reach 62mph from a standing start in just 8.2 seconds. The CLA 180 petrol unit, meanwhile, is no mean performer itself, with a 0-62mph acceleration time of 9.3 seconds and fuel economy/CO2 figures of 50.4mpg and 130g/km.
Inside, a supportive driving position and the easily intelligible instrument dials and infotainment system allows you to concentrate on your drive, aided by the choice of two chassis setups (Comfort and Sport).
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