2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 4MATIC CoupeNew Search Select Other Trims
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA OverviewThe CLA comes in three basic trims for 2020. At the entry point is the CLA 250, which is powered by a turbocharged 221 horsepower 2.0L 4-cylinder engine sending power to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is available. The next step up is the AMG CLA 35 which makes 302 horsepower from its 2.0L 4-cylinder while an even more powerful AMG CLA 45 makes 382 horsepower. All-wheel drive is standard on both AMG versions.
The CLA is no longer positioned to be the entry-level Mercedes model, and so can define itself as stylish and fun, replete with technology. For example, the CLA's MBUX infotainment system can be controlled via voice command, and is capable of complex queries, such as asking about the weather. If voice control isn't appealing, drivers can option the CLA to respond to gesture commands, allowing them to turn up the volume on the stereo, for example, by twirling their finger in front of the infotainment screen.
In addition to new interior bells and whistles, driving assistance technology has also taken a step forward with the new CLA. The car now features an optional semi-autonomous driving mode which will keep the car in its lane and accelerate, slow down and even stop to keep up with traffic. All of its autonomous driving tech means that the car has to be covered in sensors and cameras, which then do double-duty as safety assistants with collision sensing and mitigation.
For owners who want more performance, the AMG versions of the CLA offer not just great straight-line speed, but also improved handling in the corners. The CLA 35 comes with lowered suspension and adaptive dampers which can be set to three different modes. The CLA 35 also gets bigger brakes and a sport exhaust with both quiet and loud modes. The cockpit of the CLA 35 is also spruced up with a fully digital instrument display, which sweeps across the dashboard, flowing seamlessly into the car's infotainment system and displayed through a 10.25-inch screen.
Mercedes-Benz' AMG division has always been there for drivers looking for over-the-top performance. For those individuals, Mercedes builds the top-of-the-line CLA 45. With 382 horsepower and all-wheel drive, the CLA 45 doesn't just get a more powerful engine, it also gets a new transmission with an extra ratio, bringing the gear count up to eight. 19-inch alloy wheels come standard along with painted grey brake calipers.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Model Changes
The Mercedes-Benz CLA has gotten a full redesign for the 2020 model year. The automaker has smoothed the CLA's lines, taking cues from the larger, sleeker CLS. Now sharing a platform with the smaller A-Class, the new CLA also gets suspension as well as an improved 2.0L engine that makes more power.
The AMG CLA45 returns with its own powertrain improvements, but Mercedes-Benz has also added a mid-range CLA35 that neatly splits the difference between the entry-level CLA250 and the 400-horsepower thoroughbred that is the CLA45.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Value
The Mercedes Benz CLA is in the same segment as two other European luxury sedans, the BMW 2-series Gran Coupe and the Audi A3. The CLA offers the most trunk space and best-in-class fuel economy. The CLA prices start low, beginning at $36,650. This buys premium features such as 12-way power front seats, a voice-activated sound system and a full suite of safety systems. The Mercedes-Benz CLA is for any buyer who wants premium luxury styling and advanced technology features at an affordable price point.
2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA Strengths
Coupe-like styling with the convenience of 4 doors; technology laden; low price of entry; sporty driving experience
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