2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test


2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Tuned for Performance

December 12, 2013

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

As the entry-level model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, the CLA250 has to satisfy a wide variety of buyers. This is especially true given its price point. All too often, catering to such a broad swath of buyers leads to suspension setups that are tuned for comfort over performance. This isn't the case with the CLA.

Don't get me wrong, our CLA is not uncomfortable on the road, but it does have the distinct feel of a sport sedan. Its responses are sharp and there's a good feel for the pavement. I would have guessed it had a sport package of some kind but it doesn't. And even if it did, the options that come with it don't affect the ride quality, only the looks.

I haven't taken any extended trips yet, so its long-haul comfort is still to be determined, but as it stands now I like the way the CLA feels. Firm and responsive without being jarring or harsh. A good start I'd say.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 612 miles

Comments

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    Actually, the A-Class comes with two different states of suspension tune in Europe: Comfort and Sport. MBUSA decided to bring only the Sport setup over for the American market. I have not driven a US-spec CLA, but the German A-Class with the sport suspension I drove was exceptionally firm. Over good to moderate pavement it felt great, but things got very harsh over broken pavement. I have heard similar things about the CLA. I will be interested to hear your opinions.

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    Any impressions on torque steer, etc? I have been curious about the overall comparison/impression to a lower-trim C series driving the other wheels. A lot of the CLA's at our local dealer had a lot of options, making the price difference negligible. My impression from what I've read is that they are targeting a younger client with the CLA, but the C series used to be the "starter" Mercedes.

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