5. Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class – Premium Compact Car
The CLA spearheads Mercedes-Benz’s push into the smaller end of the luxury market; it should attract a whole new “Class” of buyer. ALG was a big fan of the car’s swanky style and accessible pricing. It competes with other premium offerings like the BMW 2 Series and Audi A3, though it bested a pair of MINIs; the standard Cooper and the Clubman models finished in second and third place, respectively.