2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: A Car You Could Be Proud To Bring Home
August 15, 2014
I've had the opportunity to drive our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 a respectable amount recently, and that's given me added perspective on what it would be like to own. Beyond the various observations we've written about so far, I think the CLA lives up to its promise of being a car that's more prestigious than your typical workaday sedans.
Sure, it helps that there's a big three-pointed star gracing the grille. Just by association, the CLA benefits from some extra prestige than it probably wouldn't otherwise. But the car has substance behind it, too. Say what you want about the styling, but at least it's a distinctive look that won't be confused with other cars on the road.
There's a sense of quality, too. The Mercedes key fob feels substantial and weighty in your hand. It's the same for the driver door as you pull it open. Step inside and pull it closed. You're rewarded with a pleasing thunk. The interior design is classy and distinctive, too. The big gauges, attractive dash and tight build quality impart the same classic, premium feel from other Mercedes models.
I happen to like driving our CLA, so that's another bonus. Mostly though, I think the CLA easily hits the target for a car shopper wanting something that moves up from a largely anonymous regular small or midsize sedan but without blowing through budgets. Bring a CLA250 home to show your family and friends, and I think you'll feel deservedly proud of yourself.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,501 miles