2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Surprisingly Fun to Drive
December 02, 2013
The CLA-Class is an entirely different type of Mercedes-Benz. It's front-wheel drive. It has a dual-clutch automated gearbox. It has a turbocharged four-cylinder. It costs about $30,000.
It's also surprisingly nimble. While driving the mountain roads selected for its photo shoot, the CLA250 demonstrated the sort of darty, light-on-its-toes feel I expect from the best compact front drivers. That turbo-4 has plenty of right-now, low-end power and its gearbox is quick-acting. I frankly wasn't expecting the CLA to be that much fun, but it absolutely was. An agile, torquey small car with good looks to boot? That, my friends, is my kind of car.
The CLA doesn't really feel like a classic Mercedes to drive, which in this respect is neither a good nor a bad thing. It's just different. Hopefully, though, it still possesses some of its bigger, more expensive siblings' penchant for eating up road trip miles.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 463 miles