2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class - More than entry-level luxury
The redesigned 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has become more than an entry-level luxury car.
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The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class was redesigned for 2020, and as Mercedes has unveiled a more affordable A-Class sedan, the CLA is no longer the most affordable vehicle in the German luxury brand’s US lineup. This allows the CLA to grow in new and interesting ways, becoming a more dramatic performance luxury car.
The first things you’ll notice when comparing the new CLA-Class to its predecessor are the headlights. Gone are the massive eagle-eye headlight clusters, replaced with far more elegant units. These wedge-like headlights are designed to more closely connect the CLA with its larger sibling, the CLS (another 4-door coupe).
But the real treat is inside the CLA, where the driver and front passenger are treated to a comfortable, modern, and upscale cabin with a dramatic multi-tier dash and vintage-looking climate vents. At night, it all comes alive with available ambient cabin lighting, which individually illuminates the various tiers and vents. In fact, when you change the climate control, it will illuminate red or blue as you raise or lower the temperature, respectively.
Both of the CLA 250s feature a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine making 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque that gets sent through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission with paddle shifters. The base CLA 250 sends power to the front wheels, while the CLA 250 4Matic that we drove adds the all-weather benefit of all-wheel drive (AWD). The CLA’s steering is light but refined, and its cornering is precise without being too stiff. Overall, the CLA is athletic, but you pay no penalty in ride quality for that.
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Presenter: George Kennedy
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