2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Engine Feels Better Than Ever
June 23, 2014
I've had an extra dose of seat time in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 lately and the one thing that keeps jumping out at me is how strong its four-cylinder engine feels. In town, it launches the car away from lights effortlessly while highway passes barely seem to tax it at all. And all this with only 208 horsepower.
Using the "sport" mode definitely helps. Shifts arrive quicker and with less digging into the throttle. It almost feels too twitchy at times, but that's what a sport mode should deliver, so I don't mind it at all.
The sound of the engine at high rpm still isn't anything to crow about. It's not thrashy or overly loud but there's nothing gratifying about it either. Most of the other turbocharged, two-liter engines in this class sound about the same.
Turns out you have to pay up for a six to get power and a pleasing exhaust/valvetrain note. In terms of raw performance, however, the CLA's engine punches above it weight.
Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 10,426 miles