If you've been pining for a Mercedes-Benz with the same longing as Janis Joplin, the 2018 CLA-Class may be your easiest way to get your fix. It costs about the same as a nicely equipped family sedan and delivers a decent amount of refinement. Understandably, it's not quite as nice as other Mercedes vehicles, partially because those models have received the latest interior treatments and features, but buyers should be satisfied for the price.
Standard feature highlights for the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 include 17-inch wheels, selectable drive modes, dual-zone automatic climate control, MB-Tex simulated leather upholstery, an 8-inch infotainment screen, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, a rearview camera, forward collision warning and mitigation, a drowsy driver monitor and the Mbrace emergency telematics. The AMG CLA 45 adds a more powerful engine, all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels, LED headlights, unique styling and aerodynamic flourishes, a sport exhaust system, upgraded brakes and transmission, a torque-vectoring differential, a sport steering wheel and faux suede upholstery elements.
Mercedes offers most of the CLA's optional features in packages. Key features to consider include keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot monitoring, heated front-seat leather upholstery, a navigation system, smartphone integration, adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.
Among other entry-level luxury sedans, the CLA250 comes in second behind our class favorite, the Audi A3, which is similarly priced but quite a bit nicer to drive. The Mercedes gets a slight edge for price and feature content over the stalwart BMW 3 Series, but the advantages for performance and refinement may be well worth the added outlay. Check out the competition and all of Edmunds' resources to get the right fit for your tastes and budget.
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Overview
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is offered in the following submodels: AMG CLA 45, Sedan. Available styles include CLA 250 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), CLA 250 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), and AMG CLA 45 4dr Sedan AWD (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 7AM). CLA-Class models are available with a 2.0 l-liter gas engine, with output up to 375 hp, depending on engine type. The 2018 CLA-Class comes with front wheel drive or all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 7-speed automated manual. The 2018 CLA-Class comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a unlimited yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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