Going spare

All CLAs have a tyre repair kit. Some third-party companies offer space-saver spare wheels, but these won’t fit under the boot floor.

Rattle and hum

The CLA’s build quality is generally impressive, but rattles from the B-pillars and vibrations in the front door trims aren’t unknown.


Mercedes has focused on quality for a long time, but the company really upped its game with the high-tech digital dashboards introduced as the CLA was launched. In addition, there are plenty of premium materials, the infotainment is superb, and comfort levels are impressive.

While rear-seat legroom is fine, headroom is tight, thanks to the sloping roofline, but to boost practicality the rear seatback folds down. With the seats in use, the boot capacity is 505 litres (440 litres for the CLA 250e). Drop the back seat and the space jumps to 1,370 litres, or 1,305 in the CLA 250e; AMG models cut this to just 960.


Most CLAs are petrols, but diesel models are also readily-available. The plug-in hybrid CLA 250e is quite rare, however. Meanwhile, one in five CLAs is a Shooting Brake, while one in eight CLAs is fitted with Merc’s 4MATIC four-wheel drive.

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Running costs

All CLAs need to be serviced every 12 months or 12,500 miles. Rates vary, so shop around; you can get quotes from official dealers via mymercedesservice.co.uk.

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