Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Merc on Trend with New CLA

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Merc on Trend with New CLA

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Byline: Stewart Smith

I'VE always admired the striking, sleek lines of the Mercedes CLS and now this attractive styling has been transferred to the latest offering from the German luxury car maker, the CLA.

It goes on sale in June and I'm sure it will prove a hit with younger drivers who until now may have regarded the Mercedes brand as only appealing to the older set.

The four-door coupe-styled CLA, which is built at a new factory in Hungary, is a real cracker to look at, with convex and concave surfaces and edges, a gently sloping roof shape and a pronounced curved rear window.

The front end is dramatic and sporty, with a wide grille, low side air intakes and the central three-pointed Mercedes star in the centre giving it an aggressive look. And this is a sleek motor, which Mercedes claims is now the world's most aerodynamically efficient production car in the world which helps give the CLA excellent fuel consumption.

Based on the A-Class platform the CLA is actually slightly longer than the C-Class and the interior space is good, if a little restricted in rear headroom for six-footers, but it has a very good-sized boot offering 470-litres of space.

As you'd expect from Mercedes the interior is first class with high-quality materials used and every model comes with body-hugging sports style seats. The dash is simple and uncluttered with central air vents picked out in bright chrome and a six-inch sat-nav and multi-media screen well placed.

Normal gear change on the automatic is made through a stalk behind the thick and comfortable steering wheel plus paddle change for more fun.

At launch in the UK the new Merc will be available with two engines - the 180 petrol with six-speed manual transmission and the 220 CDI diesel with 7-speed DCT automatic shift.

The CLA 180 has a 1.6-litre engine which produces 122bhp with a top speed of 130mph and a sprint time of 9. …

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