2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA
2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 24 mpg City, 32 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 2.0 L Intercooled Turbo Premium Unleaded I-4, 208 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 Audi's diminutive A3 and BMW's 2-Series. The CLA offers a smaller size, lower price point but sacrifices little of what buyers expect from Mercedes-Benz. The CLA delivers on all points. With a base price starting at around $33,000, an efficient but powerful 4-cylinder turbocharged engine and available 4MATIC all-wheel drive, the CLA makes a strong luxury value argument for itself.

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What's New For 2018

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA gets a new Ice Edition available in Cirrus White or Polar White paint with Matte White foil strips, combining an AMG-look exterior, the Night package, LED headlights, Dinamica trim, panorama roof, blind-spot assist, the Premium package and special white- or black-painted 18-inch wheels. A new AMG Studio package comes in Night Black or Cosmos Black with contrasting AMG stripes, 19-inch Black AMG wheels with yellow trim as well as performance seats.


  • 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 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA

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
    • mbrace Emergency Sos
    • Collision Prevention Assist Plus
    • 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
    • mbrace Connect
    • BabySmart Childseat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
    • Back-Up Camera
  • Entertainment Features
    • Streaming Audio
    • 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: Audio 20 CD w/Garmin Navigation Pre-Wiring -inc: media interface, 8" display and Bluetooth connectivity, Single CD Player, 8" Color Display Upgrade
    • Turn-By-Turn Navigation Directions
    • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
    • Window Grid Antenna
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 17" 5-Spoke Alloy
    • Tires: P225/45R17 All Season
    • 7.5" Wheels w/Silver Accents
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Black Bumper Insert
    • Chrome Side Windows Trim and Black Front Windshield Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Heated Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding and Turn Signal Indicator
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Rain Detecting Variable Intermittent Wipers w/Heated Jets
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Fully Automatic Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Rear Fog Lamps
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: Power Driver Seat w/Memory, 3-position memory, Power Passenger Seat w/Memory
    • MB-Tex Leatherette Seat Trim
    • 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
    • Memory Settings -inc: Driver And Passenger Seats and Door Mirrors
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate, Windows and Remote Engine Start
    • Tracker System
    • Smart Device Integration
    • 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
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Leatherette Door Trim Insert
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Door Panel Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Illuminated Glove Box
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts and Console Ducts
    • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
    • Cruise Control
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Power Cargo Access
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Integrated Key Transmitter, 4 Door Curb/Courtesy, Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Power Fuel Flap Locking Type
    • Proximity Key For Push Button Start Only
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Front Cupholder
    • Leather/Metal-Look Steering Wheel
    • Selective Service Internet Access
    • Power Rear Windows
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
    • 60-40 Folding Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • 14-Way Power Passenger Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Extension, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • 14-Way Power Driver Seat -inc: Power Recline, Height Adjustment, Cushion Extension, Fore/Aft Movement, Cushion Tilt and Power 4-Way Lumbar Support
    • Front Seats w/Power 4-Way Driver Lumbar
  • Mechanical Features
    • Engine: 2.0L I-4 Turbo
    • Transmission: 7-Speed Double Clutch
    • Engine Auto Stop-Start Feature
    • Transmission w/Driver Selectable Mode and Sequential Shift Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Full-Time 4MATIC All-Wheel Drive
    • 3.46 Axle Ratio
    • 62-Amp/Hr Maintenance-Free Battery
    • 115 Amp Alternator
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • 14.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Quasi-Dual Stainless Steel Exhaust w/Polished Tailpipe Finisher
    • 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 Type - 4-Wheel Disc
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 12.6
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11.6
  • 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 - 208 @ 5500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 258 @ 1250
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 182.3
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 70
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.6
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 60.9
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 60.8
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 14.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Front Head Room (in) - 38.2
    • Front Head Room (in) - 37
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 40.2
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 56
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35.4
    • Second Head Room (in) - 35.6
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 27.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 53.2
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 24
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 32
  • 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 - R01
    • Rear Tire Order Code - R01
    • Front Tire Size - P225/45HR17
    • Front Tire Size - P225/40WR18
    • Front Tire Size - 235/40R18
    • Front Tire Size - P225/HR19
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/45HR17
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/40WR18
    • Rear Tire Size - 235/40R18
    • Rear Tire Size - P225/HR19
  • 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) - 2.67
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 1.37
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.00
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.82
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.42
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 3.46
    • Seventh Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.73
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Subcompact Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 6.5
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 3395
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 17
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 19
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 18
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 17
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 7.5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18 X 8
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 19
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 18
    • Front Wheel Material - Aluminum
    • Rear Wheel Material - Aluminum

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA Photos & Colors


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Available Colors

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  • 890 Cirrus White Cocoa Brown Metallic Cosmos Black Metallic designo Magno Polar Silver (Matte Finish) Jupiter Red Mountain Grey Metallic Night Black Polar Silver Metallic
  • 890
  • Cirrus White
  • Cocoa Brown Metallic
  • Cosmos Black Metallic
  • designo Magno Polar Silver (Matte Finish)
  • Jupiter Red
  • Mountain Grey Metallic
  • Night Black
  • Polar Silver Metallic

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Introduced for the 2014 model year, the compact Mercedes-Benz CLA joined the larger CLS, which had given the brand a new, rebellious variety of passenger car. Dubbed four-door coupes, the CLS and the far less costly CLA flaunt a roofline that’s audaciously low and sensually curvaceous.

Little-changed for the 2018 model year, the Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is now available in an Ice Edition, while the performance-oriented AMG CLA45 gains an optional $4,000 AMG Performance Studio Package.

Undeniably, the striking, indeed, daring, profile of the original CLS served as a milestone in design. Now, in CLA form, it’s a lush example of the possibilities for entry-level premium automobiles.

Rivals have adopted the four-door coupe theme, but the sleek profile of the CLA, helped by frameless window glass, has aged well. Mercedes-Benz itself has adopted the basic concept for other models.

Beneath the hood of the CLA250, a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder develops 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That’s sufficient to reach 60 mph in 6.9 seconds, while yielding 30-mpg fuel economy in combined driving. The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission mates with standard front-drive or optional ($2,000) all-wheel drive.

Seekers of all-out performance can move up to the AMG CLA45. This version of the 2.0-liter turbo cranks out 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet, cutting 0-60 mph acceleration time to a sizzling 4.1 seconds. In addition to altered ride height, the CLA45 benefits from modified steering and braking. Its three-link front suspension uses stiffer bearings.

Despite its significantly heftier price, standard equipment even on the CLA45 lacks several features that buyers in its category are likely to want. Plenty of options are available, but each raises the total price further yet. Both CLAs also suffer from lack of back-seat space. Largely because of the dramatically low coupe-style roofline, four adults cannot ride comfortably, facing limited head clearance.

No testing agency has crash-tested the CLA. Standard safety features include a rearview camera, adaptive braking, and driver-attention monitoring. Everything else is optional: adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, LED headlights, and parking sensors.

Also available are a panoramic sunroof and Harman Kardon audio. The adaptive suspension is a particularly desirable choice.


The 2018 CLA250 ($32,700) comes with front-wheel drive, 208-horsepower engine, power driver’s seat, MB-Tex vinyl upholstery, rearview camera, 17-inch wheels, adaptive braking, drowsy-driver warning, dual-zone climate control, start/stop technology, Bluetooth connectivity, and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen. (Prices are MSRP and do not include destination charge.)

CLA 250 4MATIC ($34,700) includes all-wheel drive.

AMG CLA45 ($50,400) gets the 375-horsepower engine, AMG sport suspension and exhaust, LED headlights and taillights, and sport front seats with adjustable cushion length. The new $4,000 Performance Studio Package adds 19-inch black/yellow wheels, unique styling and cockpit, top-stitched dashboard trim, and Recaro front seats.


Like its larger CLS forerunner, which pioneered the four-door coupe concept, the scaled-down CLA stands apart because of its sleek profile. Audacious when introduced, the shapely roofline is still attractive to the eye, causing some premium competitors to appear conservative by comparison.

Even the base CLA250 model conveys a sporty aura. Large taillights help align the CLA with Mercedes-Benz sedans. More visually impertinent than its CLA250 sibling, the performance-oriented AMG CLA45 comes across as an urbane roughneck. Oversize front air intakes blend with a grille that contains twin silver blades, rather than the CLA250’s mesh pattern.


Visual drama continues into the cockpit, which resembles a modestly shrunken offshoot of typical Mercedes-Benz cabins. Only in a few areas does anything look less than premium level, including soft-touch plastic on the dashboard and an 8.0-inch infotainment screen that appears almost like an aftermarket add-on. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity is optional.

Though handsome, the low roofline contributes to a lack of space within the CLA. Rear-seat headroom, in particular, is constricted. Leg space also is at a premium. Entry/exit through narrowed door openings is a challenge, helping to make the back seat look and feel less than welcoming.

Being realistic, the ideal passenger capacity would be two adults, not four. Rearward visibility is nothing to boast about, either.

Front seats are comfortable and nicely supportive, with helpful adjustments. In the CLA45, optional Recaro seats are firmly cushioned and provide even greater support.

Driving Impressions

Even the moderately powered CLA250 produces responsive performance, though power reaches the wheels somewhat fitfully, rather than in a smooth flow. These agitated reactions can be disconcerting in daily drives.

Takeoffs are sufficiently smooth. Although the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission strives to restrain the nervous engine, shifts into upper gears occur too quickly. At least, paddle shifters let the driver shift manually, if desired, using steering-wheel actuators.

Helped by sharp, agreeably responsive steering, the CLA250 handles with respectable prowess. Steering demands some effort, but the result is a surefooted road experience, with tires effectively planted on the pavement. Lifting one’s foot off the gas pedal primes the brake system, helping to bring the CLA250 to a quick, positive halt. All-wheel drive, dubbed 4Matic and optional on the CLA250, can transfer up to half of power output to the back wheels when needed.

Unless it’s equipped with the optional adjustable suspension, the ride is less than comfortable. In fact, it can be stiff, even punitive. The adjustable suspension is standard on the AMG CLA45 version.

As expected, the AMG CLA45 edition raises the performance quotient sharply. Because power output from a relatively small engine is so strong, acceleration approaches fierce levels. Larger-diameter anti-roll bars help boost the top model’s handling talents. As a result, the CLA45 is fully track-ready, for drivers who lean in the motorsports direction.

Fuel economy ranks close to smaller luxury-car competitors. With front-drive, the CLA250 is EPA-rated at 24/37 mpg City/Highway, or 29 mpg Combined. All-wheel drive lowers the estimate to 24/32 mpg City/Highway, or 27 mpg Combined. The CLA45 earns a rating of 23/30/26 mpg. A stop-start system is standard, but shutting off the engine is accompanied by a modest shudder, and it sometimes restarts at stoplights with a longer red light.


The Mercedes-Benz CLA offers sleek styling, and the CLA250 is the brand’s least expensive model. The rear seat is tight, the CLA250 drivetrain needs some refinement and ride quality can be stiff. Tempting options are available but raise the price swiftly, while competitors offer more features standard.

Driving impressions by Aaron Cole, The Car Connection. James M. Flammang contributed to this report.

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