2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 23 mpg City, 31 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 355 HP
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive Train: All Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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What You Will Like

The Mercedes-Benz CLA is the German automaker's attempt to compete with the likes of the diminutive Audi A3 and the BMW 1-series. As the price of gasoline continues to rise, compact luxury cars get more and more popular. Buyers will continue to want all of the technology and luxury features of larger cars without the size or fuel consumption. Mercedes-Benz hopes that attractive styling, a low base price, an upscale name and lots of luxury know-how will be enough to convince buyers to take a serious look at the CLA.

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What's New For 2016

The Mercedes-Benz CLA gets a few new options and a new special edition for 2016. The new Edition: Orange differentiates itself with orange accents on the grill, wheels and side mirrors. Inside the theme continues with orange accents around the dashboard on sporty striped seats. Also new for 2016 is a Night Package, which adds contrasting stitching on the interior and a "welcome light show" when the door is opened. Furthermore, adaptive dampers join the option list on the CLA for 2016.


  • Basic Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 4 Years / 50,000 Miles

A vehicle's warranty can significant impact your maintenance costs after you drive off the dealer's lot, and it's important to understand the different parts. Typically, a new car warranty includes a Basic warranty, which covers everything except the wear items such as brakes and tires; and a Drivetrain warranty, that covers all the parts that make the car move, such as the engine and transmission

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Specifications for 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Emergency S.O.S
    • Collision Prevention Assist Plus Forward Collision
    • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag
    • BabySmart Childseat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Bluetooth Wireless Phone Connectivity
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Wireless Streaming
    • Audio Theft Deterrent
    • 8 Speakers
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, MP3 Player, Clock, Aux Audio Input Jack, Steering Wheel Controls, Radio Data System and mbrace2 External Memory Control
    • Radio: AM/FM/CD Player
  • Exterior Features
    • Grille w/Metal-Look Bar
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Rear Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
    • LED Brakelights
    • Fully Automatic Projector Beam High Intensity Low/High Beam Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Tires: P235/40R18 High Performance
    • Wheels: 18" Twin 5-Spoke Alloy
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats
    • Sport Front Seats w/Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
    • 10-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Cushion Extension, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • 10-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Extension, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • Bench Front Facing Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Selective Service Internet Access
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Cruise Control
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Illuminated Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • MB-TEX w/DINAMICA Inserts -inc: Red Seat Belts
    • Interior Trim -inc: Carbon Fiber Interior Accents
    • Metal-Look Gear Shift Knob
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors w/Driver And Passenger Illumination
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front And Rear Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering -inc: Carpet Front And Rear Floor Mats
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Area Concealed Storage
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate and Windows
    • Tracker System
    • Smart Device Integration
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver And Passenger Seats and Door Mirrors
    • Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins and 1st Row Underseat Storage
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Front And Rear 1-Touch Up/Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Systems Monitor
    • Redundant Digital Speedometer
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Analog Display
    • Fixed Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest and Rear Center Armrest w/Pass-Thru
    • 2 Seatback Storage Pockets
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • Engine Immobilizer
    • 3 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L I-4 Turbo
    • Transmission: 7-Speed AMG SPEEDSHIFT Automatic -inc: dual-clutch transaxle
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode, Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls and Oil Cooler
    • Full-Time 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive
    • 2.44 Axle Ratio
    • 62-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 115 Amp Alternator
    • 4334# Gvwr 1080# Maximum Payload
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Sport Tuned Suspension
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 14.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
    • Permanent Locking Hubs
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Multi-Link Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist, Hill Hold Control and Electric Parking Brake

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13.8
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 13
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 13.1
  • Electrical Features
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 115
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 2.0 L/121
    • Fuel System - Gasoline Direct Injection
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 355 @ 6000
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 332 @ 2250
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 184.7
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70
    • Height, Overall (in) - 55.7
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.3
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 61.4
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.2
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35.4
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 27.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.2
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 26
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 23
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 31
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 36.1
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Mercedes-Benz CLA
    • Body Style - 4MATIC Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Multi-Link
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Multi-Link
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Order Code - STDTR
    • Rear Tire Order Code - STDTR
    • Front Tire Size - P235/40WR18
    • Rear Tire Size - P235/40WR18
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - All Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - 429
    • Trans Type - 7
    • Trans Description Cont. - Auto-Shift Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.86
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 2.43
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.54
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.05
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.78
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.61
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.37
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 2.44
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.48
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.8
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3494
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • Cirrus White Cocoa Brown Metallic Cosmos Black Metallic designo Magno Polar Silver Matte Jupiter Red Mountain Gray Metallic Night Black Northern Lights Violet Metallic Polar Silver Metallic
  • Cirrus White
  • Cocoa Brown Metallic
  • Cosmos Black Metallic
  • designo Magno Polar Silver Matte
  • Jupiter Red
  • Mountain Gray Metallic
  • Night Black
  • Northern Lights Violet Metallic
  • Polar Silver Metallic

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The stylish Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is the brand’s smallest sedan, capable of seating two comfortably. The CLA250 achieves good fuel economy while the CLA45AMG delivers very quick acceleration performance. All-wheel drive is available.

Introduced as a 2014 model, the 2016 CLA250 is largely unchanged, apart from a few feature, trim, and option revisions. A new Night Package option is available, and a Dynamic Select drive mode has been added for 2016. Just 750 examples of an Orange special-edition will be offered nationwide.

With its low nose and rear end, the CLA-Class is a brash entry into the premium small-sedan category. Overall shape is similar to the larger CLS-Class, which Mercedes-Benz dubs a four-door coupe rather than a sedan. Inside, too, the CLA-Class resembles a scaled-down copy of a large Mercedes-Benz model.

The CLA250 comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, developing 208 horsepower and 254 foot-pounds of torque. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sends that power to the front wheels. Paddle shifters behind the steering wheel paddles engage the manual-shifting provision. Acceleration to 60 mph takes just 6.7 seconds, according to Mercedes-Benz, a quick performance.

The CLA250 offers a choice of 4MATIC all-wheel drive or standard all-wheel drive.

Also available is the expensive, low-volume CLA45 AMG, with a similar 2.0-liter powertrain that’s been strengthened and uprated in every way to generates 350 horsepower and 350 foot-pounds of torque. That’s slightly more power than what the 2015 model offered, helped by higher turbo boost, yielding 0-60 mph acceleration in 4.1 seconds, which is very quick. All-wheel drive is standard on the CLA45 AMG, and its reprogrammed transmission responds far quicker, downshifting less often than previously.

Every CLA250 has a couple of safety features that aren’t typical in mainstream compact models. Collision Prevention Assist warns of obstacles ahead. Attention Assist monitors possible driver fatigue. Options include blind-spot monitoring, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assistance, parking sensors, and parking assist. Crash-testing has not yet taken place.

Mercedes-Benz wisely decided touchscreens are too distracting, so there’s no touch interface. Smartphones may be connected via a 5.8-inch screen and Mercedes-Benz mBrace2. Three navigation systems are available. One of them includes voice commands, real-time traffic data, and a rearview camera.


The CLA-Class comes in CLA250 and super-performance CLA45 AMG versions.

CLA250 ($32,050) comes with a sport-tuned suspension, 17-inch run-flat tires, a power driver’s seat, MB-Tex vinyl upholstery, Bluetooth, and cruise control. CLA250 4MATIC ($34,050) adds all-wheel drive. A Premium package groups surround-sound, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, an iPod interface, and heated front seats. Individual options include leather seats and a panoramic sunroof. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

CLA45 AMG 4MATIC ($49,500) adds the highly modified 375-horsepower engine and a host of chassis and suspension upgrades aimed at intense performance. The CLA45 AMG can add such features as Recaro seats, uprated tires, carbon-fiber components, and black-out exterior trim.


Mercedes-Benz has given its CLA-Class a striking and different four-door coupe appearance. In its mimicking of the curvy CLS-Class, the smaller CLA-Class shifts away from the long-nose profile that has typified Mercedes-Benz sedans.

The arc-shaped silhouette ends in steeply slanted glass at both front and rear. Softly tapered, that rear end features curves stamped into the fenders, along with ribbed LED taillights. Big air intakes and underbody shielding help achieve a surprisingly low coefficient of drag: only 0.23.

Air intakes are larger yet on the high-performance CLA45 AMG, which replaces the CLA250’s mesh grille with a simple set of dual bright blades. Ducts at the lower rear hint at the AMG’s performance potential.


The CLA-Class is comfortable for those sitting up front on nicely upholstered seats that provide fine support for longer journeys. Firm bolsters help keep riders in place, installed on both the backrest and the seat cushion. Power adjustments alter the driver’s seat for position and rake.

The rear seat is too tight for adults. Think of it as a two-seater with provision to move small kids in a pinch. Small back doors and a low-to-the-ground design add to the challenge, restricting entry/exit. Headroom is skimpy, and foot space scant. So is visibility over the driver’s shoulder.

The CLA250 driver will find the shifter behind the steering wheel, but the AMG version gets a conventional lever atop the console.

Interior styling blends elements from Mercedes-Benz sports cars with those found in its larger sedans. Instruments sit at each ends of long tubes that have angled openings. MB-Tex synthetic seat upholstery is standard, with leather optional. Graphics on the dashboard screens are excellent. The cabin has a number of trays and bins for storage.

The CLA45 AMG gets red-stitched seats and red seatbelts.

Trunk space in the CLA-Class is good, despite the tapered back end, and the rear seats fold down.

Driving Impressions

Because the CLA250 is tuned for thrifty fuel economy, it doesn’t quite qualify as a sports sedan. That said, its engine yields plenty of power and sounds good under most conditions. Wind and road noise are muted.

The CLA250 transmission tends to upshift rapidly and often. On the highway, downshift requests can take a while to occur. For the best response, skip Eco mode, in favor of Sport or Manual.

Despite being built on a front-drive platform, driving feel is on the neutral side. Compared to larger sedans, which tend to feel heavy, steering is tuned more tightly on the CLA250: quick to respond and providing a well-weighted feel. For best ride quality, skip the optional tires in favor of the standard, taller 17-inch run-flat rubber.

Able to take corners without excessive leaning, the CLA250 differs markedly from typical Mercedes-Benz models, with their compliant suspensions and high-level ride comfort. Steering effort increases while turning, improving responses.

Stop/start technology is standard, but it can emit a bit of a shiver when shutting off the engine, even more so when starting up again. The system sometimes restarts the engine before it’s needed, making operation quite noticeable.

Handling is completely different with the CLA45 AMG, which corners flat and suffers much less understeer. On most pavements, the AMG rides no rougher than the CLA250. It’s also quiet and sufficiently relaxed for everyday driving. An available AMG sport suspension improves roadholding further yet, without sacrificing ride quality. Also optional is an active-exhaust system.

Fuel economy for the CLA250 is impressive, EPA-estimated at 26/38 mpg City/Highway (30 mpg Combined) with front-drive. All-wheel drive sinks the for the CLA250 estimate to 24/33 mpg City/Highway.


The shapely Mercedes-Benz CLA250 offers an appealing blend of performance and handling.

Driving impressions by John Voelcker, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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