2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test


2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: It's Worth Stretching for the Sport Package

February 17, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

As base models go, the 2014 Mercedes CLA250's wheels aren't bad. They have a sturdy, chiseled appearance that makes them look expensive, and the two-tone coloring helps, too.

That said, if I were buying a CLA I would definitely stretch to get the $2,200 sport package. It adds a set of 18-inch, double-spoke wheels that look even more expensive, not to mention a tasteful body kit, chrome grille and drilled front brake rotors.

Clearly, it's a sport package that's designed to add a sporty look more so than actual performance. That's fine with me, though, as it does the job. It transforms it from a mildly handsome car into a truly eye-catching sedan that gets noticed. The extra $2,200 isn't peanuts, but in this case it's worth it.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor

Comments

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    I agree with the improved looks, but Erin Riches felt that the ride for the non-sport equipped version was already too rough. Your opinion Ed?

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @se_riously, All US-market CLAs come with the sport suspension. The "Sport Package" is purely cosmetic and does nothing to change damping rates. Any additional harshness would be entirely the result of the larger wheels. I can't imagine they mak

  • se_riously se_riously Posts:

    @mercedesfan, Yes, it's mostly cosmetic. But the sport package increases the wheel size, reduces the sidewalls, and replaces the all-seasons with summer tires.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @se_riously, That is my point. You get larger wheels, but they are AMG-spec rims that weigh roughly as much as the standard 17-inch rims. These rims are then fitted to summer tires which tend to be more compliant than all-season tires. As a result, the on

  • natt_ natt_ Posts:

    I don't like the ride quality in the CLA that's equipped with the sport package.

  • giller giller Posts:

    I personally don't like the sport package. As discussed, it's purely cosmetic and makes the car look faster than it is and too close to the VERY different CLA45. Similar to when people buy the "S Line" appearance package from Audi or the "M" appearance package from BMW. If it's not the real thing, don't pretend.

  • bassrockerx bassrockerx Posts:

    there are very few factory wheels that i'm crazy about so generally i wouldn't spring extra cash just for the wheels alone and instead i would rather spend my money in the aftermarket especially if its a truck then you have two sets of wheels/tires for street and offroading

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