Don't Love the Ride - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Don't Love the Ride

January 27, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Every time I get into the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250, I'm struck by its entertainment value in normal commuter traffic.

It's not a sport sedan. Yet, its steering feels quick, and the CLA has enough grip to feel fun as you're jockeying for better position on highway entrance ramps. And the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine is certainly potent enough to accommodate decisive maneuvers (258 pound-feet of torque will do that for you).

After 30 minutes in our 2014 CLA250, though, I start to get tired of it.

The ride quality is tough to take. I feel every imperfection in the road when I drive the CLA250, and given all the grooves and seams on our Southern California roads, it eventually starts to give me a headache. No doubt, some of my colleagues are tougher and younger than I am, but to me, this is too big a tradeoff on a semi-sporty sedan with 225/45R17 all-season tires.

You might recall from our CLA250 first drive that Mercedes offers this car with two different states of suspension tune ("luxury" and "sport') in other parts of the world, but decided to offer only the sport version in the United States. Evidently, this is one of the few occasions when I would have voted for the softer setup.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 2,134 miles


  • Rather have that clean G8 GT your parked next to!

  • Nevermind, thats the V6.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    Erin, I've always wanted to try the Jagerhaus, considered stopping there every time we've taken Ball to Disneyland. Now we take Katella and I almost forgot about that place. How is it? Back on topic, funny that the ride is poor, as Mercedes seem stereotypical cruisers, not as sharp as BMWs but better suited to long miles.

  • vvk vvk Posts:

    Very, very unusual for Mercedes. But then, the whole car is very unusual, being cheap and front wheel drive. Stick to E-class.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    @cuselancer17 you have a good eye! I'm a little disappointed that you find the ride poor (especially for a Mercedes). My first ever ride in a Mercedes (over 30 years ago) was memorable and left a big impression on me specifically due to its ride. Hav

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Also, ironic how Scott just did a post on the Corvette's comfy road trip ride, and he was so happy with it. Who would have ever that that a Corvette would be more comfy than a MB?

  • blueprint1 blueprint1 Posts:

    ...that won't be good up here with our lunar pavement. No Wonder I haven't seen one yet, and that the B250 is off to a slow start vs the old B200.

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    @ stovt001: Tyler, for a couple reasons, I'd pass on the Jagerhaus. I haven't explored other German dining options in the area, but overall, I think Wurstkirche is a better value if you don't mind its beer hall feel.

  • stovt001_ stovt001_ Posts:

    You say beer hall feel like that's a bad thing.

  • eriches eriches Posts:

    Re: beer halls. Not a bad thing, unless it's serene conversation you're after.

  • "wurstkirche"! Maybe the best compliment paid to Wurstkuche! The place where people come to worship sausage!

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