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by Tony West
Mercedes-Benz attracts a new demographic of car buyers with the new CLA Class that includes the 2014 CLA250 and the CLA250 4MATIC. The CLA 4-door coupe stunts on the competition with its astounding $30,000 sticker price! Those who dreamed of owning a Benz can now have this premium luxury car with a turbocharged 208hp and tons of tech for the same price as a Honda Accord.
Affordability isn’t the only thing about this whip that’s enticing. The Mercedes-Benz CLA Class has a sexy aerodynamically refined exterior and a swagged out interior. For a compact 4-door coupe, the 2014 CLA has spacious luxury and advanced safety tech –unlike a lot of cars at this price point. The sporty design of the CLA helps it cut through the wind like a knife going from 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. The flame effect that the LED headlights creates along with three muscular lines- one above the fender, one above the rear axle, and one curving from the front wheel give the CLA a buff powerful look. An optional panorama sunroof is available that has a glass moving pane and transparent side trim. The sunroof gives the illusion of a completely glass roof.
The CLA250 4MATIC has a 2.0 liter 4 cylinder engine and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. Even with 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque the CLA250 gets great gas mileage. ECO start/stop, electromechanical power steering, and innovations to improve air flow all add to the efficiency of the CLA. The CLA250 has a 22 mpg city and 32 mpg highway EPA, only beat by Mercedes’ A Class! The CLA 50 also has Mercedes-Benz Sport Suspension. The 4MATIC all wheel drive CLA250 features variable torque distribution making it faster, more agile, lighter, and more efficient.
Inside the CLA250 is a sporty leather cabin with Anthracite trim. Mbrace2 cloud based tech allows for smart phone integration and a variety of apps and services. The CLA250 also has a standard 5.8 inch display with Bluetooth that can be upgraded to a 7 inch display with the Multimedia Package. The Multimedia Package includes a 6 disc CD/DVD changer, 10G music register, Sirius XM Traffic & Weather, Navigation, and voice control.
Both the CLA250 and the 4MATIC offer a Premium Package which features Sirius XM Satellite Radio, IPod/MP3 interface, and harmon/kardon LOGIC7 surround sound. Mercedes-Benz can sell this whip for under $40,000 because once standard luxury accouterments are now part of Premium Package. Dual Zone Climate Control, heated front seats, and auto dimming mirrors are additional features included in the Premium Package.
Standard with the CLA250 and 4MATIC is the Collision Assist System and Brake Assist. Collision Assist compensates braking force at the risk of a collision. Brake Assist or adaptive braking gives vehicles behind more braking distance to avoid rear ending. Attention Assist issues a warning during drowsy driving. The optional Driver Assistance Package features DISTRONIC, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and advanced Parking Assist.
With our without the optional packages the CLA gives the compact car class a serious upgrade. Yet it’s cheaper than the Audi A6 and the BMW 3 Series. The CLA class illustrates Mercedes-Benz’s commitment to making a vehicle that’s savvy and sexy with impressive luxury and available premium features Benz lovers are used to-all at a very affordable price.