2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Don't Love the Ride
January 27, 2014
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