2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test


2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: I Like Its Four-Cylinder Engine

February 24, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

When you think of Mercedes-Benz engines, the first ones to come to mind are likely the monster AMG V8s and V12s gracing flagship cars like the S-Class or SLS AMG. So how about fuel-economy-minded, small-displacement four-cylinders from Mercedes? Yeah, not so much.

And sure enough, the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine found in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 will never achieve anything close to legendary status. This is an engine that's like your dishwasher: It's there to simply get the job done. But it's still a Mercedes engine, and it gets the job done quite well, thank you.

That turbocharged engine produces 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque and is good for a 0-60-mph sprint of 6.4 seconds. For this class of car, this amount of power and acceleration seems just about right.

More than that, though, it's very well mannered. The engine produces an impressive amount of torque even right above idle, so you never feel lag or bogging when you first accelerate from a stop. If you get hard on the gas, there's no torque steer. The steering wheel stays arrow-straight in your hands. The engine also revs cleanly to redline with no excess vibrations or noise. As for fuel-economy, the jury's still out on that, but the EPA numbers are solid, at least.

Of course, Audi's been doing this exact same thing for years with its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, and others (like BMW or GM's 2.0-liter) crank out more power. So what the CLA offers isn't groundbreaking. But it is the kind of engine I'd expect from a small Mercedes, and it certainly contributes to the car's sporty personality.

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 3,211 miles

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