In our last car review, we spoke about an Audi RS3. This time we’re going to talk about its rival: none other than the Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG 2014. The CLA that we have right here is an Edition 1 model. Upon its release, it has won many awards as the most powerful 4-cylinder engine in the world! This information is not to be taken lightly because this baby is undoubtedly a quick car.
With a bold front, a sloped panoramic roof, and a sexy back, it’s safe to say this 4-door coupe is stylish all around. The CLA is boasting carbon fiber trims all over, beautifully contrasted with a cirrus white shade, part of the Edition 1 series colors. It comes with angel winged rear lights and the signature AMG quad exhausts sport tuned for a pronounced and aggressive growl, don’t we all just love that? Speaking of things we love, the Mercedes star on the CLA is quite different this time: not only is it big and shiny, it also doubles as an integrated radar, a safety feature non-existent in all cars, you could say it’s a futuristic option. This means that convenience has been set at the center: adaptive cruise control allows the car to basically drive itself, while the pre-collision option activates the brakes automatically in case of an emergency especially when you could be distracted, definitely a good mark for Mercedes.
As you peak at the inside, you’re instantly eager to get into the car, because contrary to the typical Mercedes luxury we’re used to i.e. wooden trims and subtle leather, you’re offered different and funky characteristics: from the woven carbon fiber trims, even inside the tachometer, and red stitching touches spotted all around, to the smooth contrast between the black leather and glossy silver features, credits to AMG for giving us all this swag. Don’t the seats look familiar by the way? In homage to racing fans the electric Recaro performance seats complete with a special gap at the top for a 4 point Harness, will hold the driver tight and keep him comfy all through the ride. Technology wise, everything is on point with a built-in screen for all your navigation, audio, rear cam and driving mode needs. It goes without saying that the gorgeous and elegant interior is a full premium experience on its own.
I’m getting impatient so let’s get on the 355 horses. Said horses make up a handcrafted engine designed by some engineer whose signature I could not figure out. But let’s see what Mr whatever his name is has put in store for us: a 2L 4-cylinder turbocharged engine along with a 7-speed automatic dual clutch and 480 nm of torque. That’s promising! Key into ignition, and your ears are blessed with a deep roar. On the road at last, you get a perfect grip thanks to the 4matic system, big brakes and precise steering. Lest we forget the speed, 0 to 100 in 4.2 seconds to be exact, all you have to do is blink and you’ll be flying in no time.
This menacing AWD is a classy Benz with the edge of AMG, it simply strikes perfect balance between class and funkiness. It certainly inspires confidence: good performer, comfortable, fantastic handling. I wouldn’t ask for more. With its stellar looks and customizable settings, no wonder it’s highly recommended by experts themselves. Are you a quattro fan or a 4matic fan? and may the best car win!