It'll Meet Your Basic Hauling Requirements - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: It'll Meet Your Basic Hauling Requirements

January 22, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

No one's buying a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 because utility is a priority. It's primarily a personal-use car. Still, trunk capacity isn't as bad as you would think. Mercedes lists it at 13.1 cubic feet on its consumer site, which is actually more than you get in the soon-to-be-replaced C-Class sedan (12.4 cubic feet).

Recently, I put our long-term CLA250's trunk through the most basic of real-world tests: I put a week's worth of groceries in it, plus my overstuffed laptop messenger bag.

Obviously, this was an evening when I'd forgotten my reusable cloth grocery bags, but the height of the trunk easily accommodates the 10-cent paper bags I was compelled to purchase. The bags just fit under the sheathed hinges, so getting four bags across would be no problem. There's also space behind this row of bags, so owners shopping for larger, hungrier households could get eight full bags in here.

The fact that our CLA-Class sedan has enough trunk capacity to enable a trip to the grocery is not big news. But the shape of the trunk, combined with the convenience of a lid that opens automatically (and completely) when you hit the button on the remote, could make the CLA250 a viable second car for families of four who already own a primary vehicle that's larger and more practical.

Erin Riches, Deputy Editor @ 1,983 miles

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