Mercedes’ new CLA-Class is finally being sold with the kind of capability that will make it viable for anyone in the country to own.
Six months after it began arriving in dealerships, the CLA is showing up in showrooms with 4Matic all-wheel drive. The first models began quietly trickling into MB stores two weeks ago. The base CLA 250 starts at $30,825 including delivery charges. Mercedes charges $2,000 to tack on its 4Matic all-wheel drive system, raising the price to $32,825 before any other options.
That model comes with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine making 208 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Aside from the price increase, the 4Matic model also requires more fuel. On average, it sacrifices three mpg, dropping from 27 to 30. Highway efficiency is hit the hardest with a dip from 38 in the front-wheel drive model to only 32 while the in-city consumption penalty is less severe, losing two mpgs to sit at an expected 24.
Through the first two months of the year, the front-wheel drive CLA 250 sold roughly 4,400 units and about 14,100. Those numbers represented a sales success for the brand, but they would have probably been even stronger had Mercedes been able to roll out the 4Matic models during what was an espeically severe winter season.
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