New Cla 2019 Release Date Overview

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The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a four-door sedan that’s entry-level luxury, if that’s a thing.

With an aging but striking design, the CLA is an eye-catcher from every angle. The reasonable $30,000 starting price doesn’t stay that way for very long, as the CLA rolls out of the factory without much of the luxury kit that buyers will want.

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We rate it 5.8 out of 10 overall, noting its strong performance—especially the CLA45, but the fact that it can’t comfortably seat four adults holds it back from being truly great.

There’s already a new CLA-Class on the way for the 2020 model year—read that preview here.

Aside from a new color in the CLA250 and a couple of new packages in the CLA45, the CLA-Class is the same car we’ve seen since 2017. The attractive exterior styling is a major selling point and makes the CLA’s rivals from BMW and Audi look tame in comparison.

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A 2.0-liter turbo-4 is the powerplant of choice for the CLA line, with most models getting 208 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. Power is delivered through a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. In standard guise, the CLA250 will run up to 60 mph in about seven seconds, all while managing 30 mpg.

The CLA45 bumps power output to a bonkers 375 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque and can hit 60 mph in just over four seconds. Power is brutal and immediate and makes the CLA 45 a rocket ship of a sedan.

The CLA-Class is a decent performer overall with respectable handling. The ride could be better, though the addition of adjustable suspension helps quite a bit.

Standard features on the 2019 CLA-Class include 17-inch wheels, an 8.0-inch infotainment screen, Bluetooth connectivity, power-adjustable driver’s seat, dual-zone climate control, and synthetic leather.

Spend up and Mercedes throws at the CLA-Class up to 19-inch wheels, grippy synthetic suede, premium audio, adjustable suspension, or a high-horsepower engine.

For the 2019 model year, Mercedes has introduced a new A-Class sedan; a new CLA-Class won’t be far behind.

Styling

The 2019 CLA250 still carries the same arresting design that made the car a standout for Mercedes-Benz when it premiered. With a swept-back, sleek silhouette, the design has weathered the years well. Mercedes has translated this design to other models like the C-Class and E-Class with better results since. We rate the 2019 CLA 7 out of 10 for its well-aged design that still looks revolutionary.

The CLA is almost a mirror image of the now-gone CLS that was a striking design when it came to market over a decade ago. Slight refreshes like updated front-end styling have kept the CLA’s look fresh over the years. Large taillights complete the look, swooping in from either side to accent the dramatic roofline and silhouette.

Of course, all of this glorious vanity can’t come without some pain. Like a fine pair of Louboutins, there have to be some sacrifices made to accommodate the curves, and in this case it’s the ability to seat four adults.

Performance

The CLA offers crisp steering and capable braking but suffers from a harsh ride and only average powertrain. With that in mind, we rate the 2019 CLA 6 out of 10 for performance.

The CLA250 is the volume-seller of the line and is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo-4 that produces 208 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. It’s a busy engine with power that comes on somewhat erratically, which is fun during sporty driving but can be stressful in daily driving.

The 7-speed dual-clutch automatic does an admirable job taming the engine, with a smooth start off the line and quick shifts. Spirited driving can cause some stutters, so manual-shifting may be preferable in those situations.

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