2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Fun to Throw Around
October 14, 2014
It has been said before, but I don't think it has been said enough: Our long-term 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is a blast to drive. This little sedan is quick, light on its feet, and it loves to be tossed around.
Some might say, "Well duh, it's a Mercedes." And most would agree that the machines from the storied German manufacturer have a well-earned reputation for strong performance.
Still, the sporty disposition of little CLA catches some by surprise. Like me for instance.
I look at the CLA's spec sheet and I don't expect much. Front-wheel drive. Only 208 hp. And all-season, not very big Pirelli Cinturato rubber. Plus, it's clear from CLA's marketing that car enthusiasts aren't exactly the sedan's intended buyer.
But drive the CLA250 hard and this little sedan will put a smile on your face. It not only rewards the performance driver with surprising levels of speed and grip, the CLA feels like it wants to be driven hard. It feels like it wants you to redline every gear and trail brake into every corner. And it feels better and better the more you pick up the pace.
I love that this small, affordable and efficient front-wheel-drive sedan has another side to it. A fun side. A side that's not only there for the few that will look for it, but the few that will truly appreciate it.
Some say the CLA isn't a real Mercedes. Give me a break.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief @ 17,801 miles