Hold Feature - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Hold Feature

March 28, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Here's a feature that I bet most Mercedes owners aren't even aware is included on their car. There isn't even a button to indicate its presence. When you come to a stop, simply push the brake pedal unnecessarily forward in its travel. The word "HOLD" will appear in the trip computer and the car will automatically apply the brakes to keep you in place. This allows you to rest your foot/ankle or prime it above the accelerator.

It's a great feature. Our Kia Cadenza is one of the few non-Mercedes that has an auto hold feature, but you must activate it prior to its use by pressing a button.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 4,590 miles


  • zoomzoommx5 zoomzoommx5 Posts:

    my 2010 prius has this feature .

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @zoomzoommx5, What your Prius has is hill-holding. That isn't unusual at all. In fact, pretty much every car with a torque-converter automatic or CVT has that feature today and has had it for years. MB's hold feature works in addition to a hill-hold funct

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    No, the Prius' system isn't just hill-holding. Most hill-hold systems only keep the car from rolling backwards. That's how my Cadenza is. But on the company Prius, once the system is engaged, won't roll in any direction as long as enough pressure is on the brake to keep the brake lights on and for 2 seconds after the brake is released. It's not quite as useful as the MB's or the top-trim Cadenza's, but it does make easier work of heavy traffic and if you know the signals and can see the cross one, it still allows you time to be first on the throttle, for whatever that is worth in a Prius.

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    dg0472, it sounds like the Prius system still requires your foot to be on the brake, or to have been on the brake up to 2 seconds ago. The difference with the M-B system is that it will hold indefinitely. My car has such a system, but it is activated manually, by pulling the hand brake. ;)

  • yardie7326 yardie7326 Posts:

    @dg0472, the prius has the same hill hold feature my Lexus GS. We can cheat the system by lightly putting out foot on the brake, but it is not a true hold system like the CLA. You have to wonder why, considering it would just a software addition.

  • dg0472 dg0472 Posts:

    @greenpony, I think I made it abundantly clear how the system works and that I understand the difference between it and the M-B's system. @yardie7326 Yes, it'd be nice if they'd do that. It'd also be nice if it had a light other than the flashing

Leave a Comment

Past Long-Term Road Tests

Have a question? We're here to help!
Chat online with us
Email us at help@edmunds.com
*Available daily 8AM-5PM Pacific
Call us at 855-782-4711
Text us at ED411