Tuned for Performance - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

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

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