2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Long-Distance Driving Impressions
February 25, 2014
We've yet to take our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 on any really long road trips, like we have with our Corvette Stingray. But I have done a couple of 250-mile trips in the CLA250. Here are some thoughts on the CLA250 as a long-distance companion.
For me (I'm 5-foot 10-inches tall), the driver seat is comfortable and I don't have any issue being in the seat for 4 to 6 hours. I also like the driving position. I'm able to adjust the seat to my liking, and the view out the windshield is pretty wide.
The CLA250 is also quiet at highway speeds. At one point my wife called me while I was driving and the first thing she asked was, "Where are you?" She knew I was supposed to be driving, but the lack of wind and road noise threw her off. Other nice aspects include a respectable amount of storage space for your personal effects (water bottles, phone, etc.), and the solid sound coming from our CLA250's optional Harman/Kardon sound system.
One thing that could be an issue for drivers, though, is the firm ride quality. As Erin Riches wrote previously, the CLA250 essentially comes standard with a sport-tuned suspension. While this contributes to the car's sporty personality when driving through turns, it also can jostle you about when driving over rough or bumpy pavement. On California's under-maintained freeways, you get a lot of that.
Personally, I don't mind our CLA's suspension tune, and it's what I'd want if I were buying a CLA250. But putting myself in the shoes of a more typical luxury sedan buyer, I could see a lot of people getting turned off by this.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor