Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: History
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The Mercedes-Benz CLA class is a series of luxury compact executive cars manufactured by Mercedes-Benz since 2013. The first generation was a four-door sedan based on the platform of the W176 A-Class and W246 B-Class compact cars, marketed as a four-door coupé. In 2015, Mercedes-Benz expanded the CLA family to include the Shooting Brake, a station wagon configuration. As the V177 A-Class sedan took its place as the budget-conscious sedan, the second generation got longer and wider than the W205 C-Class. The CLA is Mercedes-Benz's first front-wheel drive vehicle offered in the North American market. The CLA range is positioned above the A-Class and it is nearly on the level of the C-Class in the Mercedes model range, and models tend to be less practical than the A-Class it is based on. The CLA first went on sale in Europe in April 2013, and was subsequently introduced in the United States in September 2013. Its largest markets are Western Europe and the United States. Global cumulative CLA sales reached 100,000 during its first year, cited as "our best launch in 20 years" by Mercedes-Benz. Worldwide, Mercedes-Benz sold about 750,000 units of the first generation.

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1. First Generation (C117; 2013)

1.1 Development and Launch

The design of the C117 CLA-Class[1] is based on the Concept Style Coupe concept unveiled by Mercedes-Benz at the 2012 Avant/Garde Diaries event in Los Angeles,[2] followed by the 2012 Auto China,[3] and Huashan 1914 Creative Park.[4] It is a four-door fastback coupe, based on the platform of the W176 A-Class and W246 B-Class compact cars. The production version C117 CLA was publicly unveiled at the 2013 North American International Auto Show,[5] with sales commencing in September 2013.[6][7][8]

Trial production of the CLA at the Kecskemét plant at southeast of Budapest, Hungary started in 2012,[6][9] with production at Kecskemét plant beginning in January 2013.[10][11]

Concept Style Coupé at the 2012 Paris Auto Show
Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 (pre-facelift)

Mercedes claimed that the C117 would be the most aerodynamic production vehicle on sale with a 1px;">d=0.23,[12] beating the previous most-aerodynamic, the Tesla Model S with 1px;">d=0.24. The CLA 180 CDI Blue Efficiency was claimed to be even more aerodynamic with a 1px;">d=0.22.[13] However, independent measurement by Car and Driver Magazine in May 2014 bore out Tesla's claim by exactly confirming a drag coefficient of 1px;">d=0.24, putting Mercedes' claim into question by measuring the CLA at 1px;">d=0.30.[14] The test done by Car And Driver was in turn criticized for being imprecise as to which model variant of the CLA was tested and which variant was advertised featuring a 1px;">d=0.23.[15]

The C117 CLA was at the time the most affordable Mercedes-Benz vehicle offered for sale in the United States, with a base price of $29,900 (2014).[16] This undercut the C-Class, the vehicle it replaced as the entry-level sedan in Mercedes-Benz line-up of cars,[17][18] which started at $38,200 (2014).[19] The C117 CLA was also the first front-wheel drive vehicle ever offered by Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. market.[20]

The 2015 model included updated infotainment with a bigger central screen and an updated head unit with iPhone interface as standard, Collision Prevention Assist Plus autonomous braking made standard and an extra 5 kW for the CLA 220 CDI.[21] Furthermore, the 2016 model brought Carplay as an option to the CLA.[22] A facelift was introduced for the CLA model range in 2017, offering new restyled headlights and restyled taillights with available bold LED lighting.[23]

1.2. Initial Release

CLA Edition 1 (2013–2015)

Available in CLA 180, CLA 200, CLA 250, CLA 220 CDI, they are versions of the respective CLA-class vehicles with a choice of five body colours: mountain grey, cosmos black, night black, cirrus white or designo polar silver magno (expected to be available from the third quarter of 2013). The Edition 1 features AMG front and rear aprons, AMG side sill panels, black painted multi-spoke AMG light-alloy wheels, diamond-style radiator grille with black fin and chrome inserts, bi-xenon headlamps, lowered sports suspension, exclusive NEON ART interior, sports seats upholstered in leather and black microfibre DINAMICA with yellow stitching, instrument panel and the beltlines upholstered in ARTICO man-made leather with yellow stitching, trim elements in aluminium with a light longitudinal grain, and a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel with a flattened bottom section and perforations in the grip area. The vehicles went on sale for the twelve months after the launch of CLA-class vehicles.[24]

CLA 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition (2013–2019)

It is a version of CLA 180 with reduced fuel consumption. Drag coefficient value was reduced to 0.22 via low A-pillar shoulder with adapted A-pillar geometry, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirror housings and rear shape, optimised diffuser, optimised underbody and rear axle panelling, radiator shutter, aero wheel trims and serrated wheel spoilers on the front and rear wheel arches. The vehicle was set to go on sale in September 2013.[25]

Mercedes-Benz Sport Equipment CLA 200 concept (2013)

It is a version of Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 demonstrating Mercedes-Benz Accessories GmbH equipment for CLA-Class vehicles. It included "Road & Track" decal kit (number '1' decal at front door and hood, decorative stripe in red/grey runs along the centre of the car), carbon fibre-style exterior mirror housings, front apron spoiler lip and rear spoiler; red-painted brake callipers, Styling Package Night (black window surrounds, black shoulderline trip strips), 18-inch two-tone 5-twin-spoke light-alloy wheels in matt black with red rim flange, Sport badge at front wings, illuminated door sill panels with Sport lettering, a leather sports steering wheel, sports pedals in brushed stainless steel, Sport floor mats Drive Kit Plus. The vehicles were unveiled in 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show.[26]

Shooting Brake (2015–2019)

CLA 250 Shooting Brake (pre-facelift)

Mercedes-Benz announced the X117 CLA Shooting Brake at the 2014 LA Auto Show, which is a five-door station wagon version of the CLA sedan. It measures in at the same length as the CLA sedan and also shares the same wheelbase.[27] It was not sold in the United States.[28]

The only visual changes start from the B-pillar, which provides more headroom in the backseat area. It also provides more boot space than the sedan, 470 litres to 495 litres, while folding the rear seats flat frees a usable 1354 litres. The Shooting Brake has worse fuel economy than the sedan due to the slight kerb weight increase and the drag coefficient increasing from 1px;">d=0.23 to 1px;">d=0.26.[27]

1.3. Technical Details

CLA 220 Shooking Brake (facelifted model)


All CLA-Class models are powered by four-cylinder engines, including a choice of 1.6 L and 2.0 L gasoline, and 3 diesels, a 1.5L, a 1.8 L and a 2.2 L. Most of the engines come in a range of different states of tuning, and all include a stop-start feature.

Model Years Configuration Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) Top Speed Fuel Consumption/Efficiency
(EU-Norm combined)
Petrol Engines
CLA 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition (Coupé only) 01/2013–05/2018 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 16 AL red.) 1,595 cc 90 kW (122 PS; 121 hp) at 5,000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft) at 1,250–4,000 rpm 9.9 seconds 190 km/h (118 mph) 5.0 L/100 km (47 mpg‑US)
CLA 180 01/2013–12/2018 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 16 AL) 1,595 cc 122 PS (90 kW; 120 hp) at 5,000 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft) at 1,250–4,000 rpm 9.3 seconds (Coupé)
9.4 seconds (Shooting Brake)
210 km/h (130 mph) 7.3–7.5 L/100 km (32–31 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
7.3–7.5 L/100 km (32–31 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 200 01/2013–12/2018 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 16 AL) 1,595 cc 115 kW (156 PS; 154 hp) at 5,000 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 1,250–4,000 rpm 8.6 seconds (Coupé)
8.8 seconds (Shooting Brake)
230 km/h (143 mph) (Coupé)
225 km/h (140 mph) (Shooting Brake)
5.5–5.7 L/100 km (43–41 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
5.6–6.0 L/100 km (42–39 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 220 4MATIC 07/2016-12/2018 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 135 kW (184 PS; 181 hp) at 5,000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) at 1,250–4,000 rpm 7.1 seconds (Coupé)
7.2 seconds (Shooting Brake)
240 km/h (149 mph) (Coupé)
235 km/h (146 mph) (Shooting Brake)
6.5–6.7 L/100 km (36–35 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
7.3–7.5 L/100 km (32–31 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 250 01/2013–12/2018 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp) at 5,500 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,200–4,000 rpm 6.6 seconds (Coupé)
6.8 seconds (Shooting Brake)
240 km/h (149 mph) (Coupé)
240 km/h (149 mph) (Shooting Brake)
5.4–5.5 L/100 km (44–43 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
5.5–5.7 L/100 km (43–41 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 250 Sport (Coupé only) 02/2014–05/2018 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 160 kW (218 PS; 215 hp) at 5,500 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,200–4,000 rpm 6.5 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph) 5.8 L/100 km (41 mpg‑US)
CLA 250 4MATIC 06/2013–12/2018 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 155 kW (211 PS; 208 hp) at 5,500 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,200–4,000 rpm 6.5 seconds (Coupé)
6.6 seconds (Shooting Brake)
240 km/h (149 mph) 6.4–6.6 L/100 km (37–36 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
6.6–6.8 L/100 km (36–35 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 250 Sport 4MATIC 02/2014-05/2018 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 165 kW (224 PS; 221 hp) at 5,500 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,200–4,000 rpm 6.4 seconds (Coupé)
6.7 seconds (Shooting Brake)
250 km/h (155 mph) (Coupé)
240 km/h (149 mph) (Shooting Brake)
6.6 L/100 km (36 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
6.8 L/100 km (35 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 250 AMG Performance Package Plus** 02/2014–08/2014 I4 turbo (M 270 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 208 kW (283 PS; 279 hp) at 5,800 rpm 420 N⋅m (310 lbf⋅ft) at 1,200–4,000 rpm 5.6 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph) 6.1 L/100 km (39 mpg‑US)
CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC* 01/2013–08/2015 I4 twin-scroll turbo (M 133 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 265 kW (360 PS; 355 hp) at 6,000 rpm 450 N⋅m (332 lbf⋅ft) at 2,250–5,000 rpm 4.5 seconds (Coupé)
4.8 seconds (Shooting Brake)
250 km/h (155 mph) / 270 km/h (168 mph)* 6.9 L/100 km (34 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
6.9–7.1 L/100 km (34–33 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC* 09/2015–12/2018 I4 twin-scroll turbo (M 133 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 280 kW (381 PS; 375 hp) at 6,000 rpm 475 N⋅m (350 lbf⋅ft) at 2,250–5,000 rpm 4.2 seconds (Coupé)
4.3 seconds (Shooting Brake)
250 km/h (155 mph) / 270 km/h (168 mph)* 6.9 L/100 km (34 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
6.9–7.1 L/100 km (34–33 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
Diesel Engines
CLA 180 CDI*** 11/2013-05/2018 I4 turbo (OM 607 DE 15 LA) 1,461 cc 80 kW (109 PS; 107 hp) at 4,000 rpm 260 N⋅m (192 lbf⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 11.6 seconds 205 km/h (127 mph) 3.9–4.2 L/100 km (60–56 mpg‑US)
CLA 200 CDI (Coupé only) 01/2013-08/2014 I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 18 LA) 1,796 cc 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) at 4,000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 9.4 seconds 220 km/h (137 mph) 4.1–4.4 L/100 km (57–53 mpg‑US)
CLA 200 CDI*** 09/2014–12/2018 I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 2,143 cc 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) at 3,600–4,000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) at 1,600–3,000 rpm 9.9 seconds (Coupé)
9.5 seconds (Shooting Brake)
220 km/h (137 mph) (Coupé)
215 km/h (134 mph) (Shooting Brake)
4.1 L/100 km (57 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
4.1–4.4 L/100 km (57–53 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 200 CDI 4MATIC*** 09/2014–12/2018 I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 2,143 cc 115 kW (156 PS; 154 hp) at 3,200–4,000 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) at 1,400–3,000 rpm 9.8 seconds 216 km/h (134 mph)(Coupé)
212 km/h (132 mph) (Shooting Brake)
4.1 L/100 km (57 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
4.1–4.4 L/100 km (57–53 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 220 CDI*** 01/2013–12/2018 I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 2,143 cc 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 3,400–4,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,400–3,400 rpm 7.7 seconds (Coupé)
7.8 seconds (Shooting Brake)
220 km/h (137 mph) (Coupé)
215 km/h (134 mph) (Shooting Brake)
4.0–4.2 L/100 km (59–56 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
4.0–4.3 L/100 km (59–55 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)
CLA 220 CDI 4MATIC*** 09/2014–12/2018 I4 turbo (OM 651 DE 22 LA) 2,143 cc 125 kW (170 PS; 168 hp) at 3,400–4,000 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,400–3,400 rpm 7.7 seconds (Coupé)
7.8 seconds (Shooting Brake)
220 km/h (137 mph) (Coupé)
215 km/h (134 mph) (Shooting Brake)
4.0–4.2 L/100 km (59–56 mpg‑US) (Coupé)
4.0–4.3 L/100 km (59–55 mpg‑US) (Shooting Brake)

*With optional extra-cost AMG Driver's Package.

**(sold only in states LA, TX) Optional package, not base model.

***The designation "d" replaces "CDI" on all diesel models from 2015 onwards.


Model Years Types
Petrol Engines
CLA 180 BlueEFFICIENCY Edition 01/2013–05/2018 6-speed manual
CLA 180 01/2013–12/2018 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 200 01/2013–12/2018
CLA 220 4MATIC 07/2016–12/2018 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 250 01/2013–12/2018
CLA 250 Sport 02/2014–05/2018
CLA 250 4MATIC 06/2013–12/2018
CLA 250 4MATIC Sport 02/2014–05/2018
CLA 45 AMG 01/2013–12/2018 7-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT
Diesel Engines
CLA 180 CDI/CLA 180 d 11/2013–12/2018 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 200 CDI/CLA 200 d 01/2013–12/2018
CLA 200 CDI 4MATIC/CLA 200 d 4MATIC 09/2014–12/2018 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 220 CDI/CLA 220 d 01/2013–12/2018
CLA 220 CDI 4MATIC/CLA 220 d 4MATIC 09/2014–12/2018

The 7G-DCT transmission includes electric activation of the hydraulics for the parking lock, which is locked by mechanical means; three gearshift programs (ECONOMY, SPORT, MANUAL). 7G-DCT transmission option became available for CLA 180 in June 2013, followed by CLA 200 CDI in September 2013.[29]

1.4. AMG Models

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 (2013–2018)

Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 (pre-facelift)
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 (facelift)

The Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 (previously Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG) is a current high-performance model of the CLA-Class from Mercedes-AMG. The car shares its drivetrain with the A45 AMG, and it features an AMG M133 2.0-litre four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged petrol engine, 4MATIC all wheel drive, SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed transmission with paddle shifters, AMG sports suspension with independently developed front and rear axles, electromechanical AMG speed-sensitive sports steering, AMG high-performance braking system, three-stage ESP with "SPORT Handling" mode.[30] Other features include AMG "twin-blade" radiator grille in matt titanium grey, AMG front fascia with front splitter in matt titanium grey, Large side cooling air intakes with black flics, Side sill panels with inserts in matt titanium grey, "TURBO AMG" lettering on front wing, AMG rear fascia with stylised side air outlet openings, Rear diffuser insert with trim in matt titanium grey, AMG sports exhaust system with two rectangular chrome-plated tailpipe trims featuring twin-tailpipe design, Bi-xenon headlamps, Tail lights with LED technology, Red seat belts, sports seats in ARTICO man-made leather/DINAMICA microfibre with red contrasting topstitching and red seat belts, the multifunction sports steering wheel with shift paddles, and the AMG DRIVE UNIT with E-SELECT lever, instrument panel trim in brushed aluminium and five galvanised ventilation outlets, central colour display incorporates the AMG main menu including RACETIMER.

The AMG M133 2.0 twin-scroll turbocharged 4-cylinder found in the range-topping CLA 45 AMG is the world’s most powerful production 4-cylinder engine. The engine produces 355 hp (265 kW) and 450 N⋅m (332 lbf⋅ft) from a two-liter engine, with a claimed 0–100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 4.3 seconds.

The vehicle was unveiled in the 2013 Geneva Motor Show,[31] followed by the 2013 New York International Auto Show.[32][33] It went on sale in late September 2013.[34]

For the 2016 year model, Mercedes-AMG increased the horsepower of the CLA 45.[35] It now has 375 hp (280 kW) and 475 N⋅m (350 lbf⋅ft) which allows the car to accelerate from 0–60 mph (97 km/h) in 4.1 seconds compared to the previous 4.4 seconds with 355 hp.[36] New features that were added include AMG DYNAMIC SELECT and an introduction to AMG DYNAMIC PLUS package which brings enhanced acceleration, suspension, and transmission.[37]

CLA 45 AMG Edition 1 (2014)

The Edition 1 model includes Night package, red accents on the radiator grille and exterior mirrors, and AMG sports stripes in matt graphite grey above the side sill panels; optional Intelligent Light System includes red accents on the headlamps, AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels in matt black with special AMG hub caps featuring a centre-locking look, red brake callipers, 8 x 19 alloy wheels with 235/35 R 19 tyres, spoiler lip in high-gloss black on the boot lid, choice of 2 standard (cirrus white, night black) and 4 optional (cosmos black metallic, mountain grey metallic, polar silver metallic, designo polar silver magno) body colours.[38]

CLA 45 AMG Racing Series (2013)

This is a race car version of the CLA 45 AMG for the CLA 45 AMG Racing Series, with carbon-fiber reinforced plastics doors. The vehicle was unveiled in the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show.[39]

1.5. Safety



The CLA-Class achieved the best possible rating of five stars for occupant safety, pedestrian protection and assistance systems in the demanding Euro NCAP assessment scheme.[40] The CLA comes standard with a number of safety systems like Collision Prevention Assist, Attention Assist, Adaptive braking technology, Daytime Running Lamps and Rain-sensing windshield wipers.[40] The CLA also received three "Euro NCAP Advanced" rewards for these safety innovations, including the radar-assisted second-generation Collision Prevention Assist, the Attention Assist drowsiness detection system and the anticipatory occupant protection system Pre-Safe (optional equipment).[40] Mercedes-Benz upgraded the safety systems for the 2015 CLA with even more of the latest technology, this includes the Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which helps to reduce the risk of rear-end collisions, and also upgraded the Attention Assist and Traffic Sign Assist (with Speed Limit Assist) systems.[40]

Test Points %
Overall: 5 /5 stars
Adult occupant: 33 91%
Child occupant: 37 75%
Pedestrian: 27 74%
Safety assist: 7 81%

2. Second Generation (C118; 2019)

The second generation CLA-Class was unveiled at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in January 2019. Based on the same Modular Front Architecture (MFA2) platform as the W177 A-Class, W247 B-Class, X247 GLB and H247 GLA the C118 CLA-Class retains the fastback styling to set it apart from the V177 A-Class Sedan and shares its powertrains with the A-Class.[41] Stylistically, the design is inspired by the new design language Mercedes-Benz adopted for the C257 CLS-Class.[42]

The C118 has an almost completely flat underbody, resulting in a drag coefficient as low as 0.23. It uses front MacPherson struts in combination with either a twist beam or multi-link at the rear, and the option of adaptive dampers. Compared to its predecessor, the C118 is 48 mm (1.9 in) longer, 53 mm (2.1 in) wider and loses 2 mm (0.079 in) in height, while its wheelbase has been extended by 30 mm (1.2 in).[43]

All models feature the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) infotainment system, including the "Hey Mercedes" voice-controlled assistant and a new Interior Assist gesture control system.[44] Standard models feature two 7-inch displays for the instrument cluster and MBUX screen, and can be upgraded to 10.25-inch screens, a full-color head-up display, adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, and active brake assist.[45]

The X118 CLA Shooting Brake was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show. It has 505 litres of boot space, 10 L more than the outgoing model and 45 L more than the standard CLA. Like its predecessor, the CLA Shooting Brake has a drag coefficient of 0.26. However, the CLA Shooting Brake will not be sold in the United States and Australia.[46][47]

The AMG CLA35 model was unveiled at the 2019 New York International Auto Show. It uses an all-wheel drive layout and has a 7-speed dual clutch AMG SpeedShift DCT transmission.[48] The range-performing variants AMG CLA45 and CLA45 S were unveiled at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. They both uses an all-wheel drive system that can also split torque between the rear wheels via separate clutches and has a 8-speed dual clutch AMG SpeedShift DCT transmission.[49] The AMG variants are also available in the Shooting Brake configuration.[50][51] The range-performing variants AMG CLA35 4MATIC[52] and CLA45 S 4MATIC+[53] were unveiled at the 2020 in Thailand. They are imported from Hungary and the AMG variants are also available in the coupe configuration.

The CLA 250 e plug-in hybrid variant was revealed in March 2020; it is available in both Coupe and Shooting Brake body styles.[54]

2.1. Technical Details


Model Years Configuration Displacement Power Torque 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) Top Speed Fuel Consumption/Efficiency
(EU-Norm combined)
Petrol Engines
CLA 180 03/2019–present Inline 4 turbo (M 282 DE 14 AL) 1,332 cc 100 kW (136 PS; 134 hp) at 5,500 rpm 200 N⋅m (148 lbf⋅ft) at 1,460 rpm 9.4 seconds 216 km/h (134 mph) 5.3–5.6 L/100 km (44–42 mpg‑US)
CLA 200 120 kW (163 PS; 161 hp) at 5,500 rpm 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft) at 1,620 rpm 8.5 seconds 229 km/h (142 mph) 5.4–5.7 L/100 km (44–41 mpg‑US)
CLA 200






225 km/h (140 mph) 5.8–6.3 L/100 km (41–37 mpg‑US)
CLA 220 03/2019–10/2019 Inline 4 turbo (M 260 DE 20 AL) 1,991 cc 140 kW (190 PS; 188 hp) at 5,500 rpm 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 7.0 seconds 241 km/h (150 mph) 6.0–6.2 L/100 km (39–38 mpg‑US)
CLA 220 4MATIC 03/2019–10/2020 237 km/h (147 mph) 6.5–6.7 L/100 km (36–35 mpg‑US)
CLA 250 03/2019–present 165 kW (224 PS; 221 hp) at 5,500-6,100 rpm 350 N⋅m (258 lbf⋅ft) at 1,800 rpm 6.3 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph) 6.0–6.2 L/100 km (39–38 mpg‑US)
CLA 250 4MATIC 5.3–5.6 L/100 km (44–42 mpg‑US)
AMG CLA 35 4MATIC 04/2019–present 225 kW (306 PS; 302 hp) at 5,500-6,100 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) at 3,000–4,000 rpm 4.9 seconds 7.2–7.3 L/100 km (33–32 mpg‑US)
AMG CLA 45 4MATIC+ 09/2019–present Inline 4 turbo (M 139) 285 kW (387 PS; 382 hp) at 6,500 rpm 480 N⋅m (354 lbf⋅ft) at 4,750–5,000 rpm 4.1 seconds 250 km/h (155 mph)
270 km/h (168 mph)*
8.1–8.3 L/100 km (29–28 mpg‑US)
AMG CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ 310 kW (420 PS; 420 hp) at 6,700 rpm 500 N⋅m (369 lbf⋅ft) at 5,000–5,250 rpm 4.0 seconds 270 km/h (168 mph) 8.1–8.3 L/100 km (29–28 mpg‑US)
Diesel Engines
CLA 180 d 03/2019–10/2020 Inline 4 turbo (OM 608 DE 15 SCR) 1,461 cc 85 kW (116 PS; 114 hp) at 4,000 rpm 260 N⋅m (192 lbf⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 10.7 seconds 205 km/h (127 mph) 3.8–4.0 L/100 km (62–59 mpg‑US)
10/2020–present Inline 4 turbo (OM 654q DE 20 SCR) 1,950 cc 280 N⋅m (207 lbf⋅ft) at 1,750–2,500 rpm 10.4


4.7–5.1 L/100 km (50–46 mpg‑US)
CLA 200 d 04/2019–present 110 kW (150 PS; 148 hp) at 4,000 rpm 320 N⋅m (236 lbf⋅ft) at 1,400–3,200 rpm 8.3 seconds 226 km/h (140 mph) 4.1–4.4 L/100 km (57–53 mpg‑US)
CLA 200 d






222 km/h (138 mph) 4.5–5.0 L/100 km (52–47 mpg‑US)
CLA 220 d 04/2019–present 140 kW (190 PS; 188 hp) at 4,000 rpm 400 N⋅m (295 lbf⋅ft) at 1,400–3,200 rpm 7.1 seconds 244 km/h (152 mph) 4.3–4.4 L/100 km (55–53 mpg‑US)
CLA 220 d






238 km/h (148 mph) 4.5–4.9 L/100 km (52–48 mpg‑US)
Plug-In Hybrid Engines
CLA 250 e 03/2020– I4 turbo (M282 DE14 LA) 1,332 cc 116 kW (158 PS; 156 hp)(Engine) / 75 kW (102 PS; 101 hp) (Electric) 250 N⋅m (184 lbf⋅ft)(Engine) / 300 N⋅m (221 lbf⋅ft) (Electric) 6.6 seconds 235 km/h (146 mph) 1.4–1.5 L/100 km (170–160 mpg‑US)


Model Years Types
Petrol Engines
CLA 180 03/2019–present 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 200
CLA 200 4MATIC 10/2020–present 8-speed automatic 8G-DCT
CLA 220 03/2019–10/2019 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 220 4MATIC 03/2019–10/2020
CLA 250 03/2019–present
CLA 35 AMG 04/2019–present 7-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7G
CLA 45 AMG 4MATIC+ 09/2019–present 8-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G
CLA 45 S AMG 4MATIC+ 8-speed automatic AMG SPEEDSHIFT DCT 8G
Diesel Engines
CLA 180 d 03/2019–10/2020 6-speed manual, 7-speed automatic 7G-DCT
10/2020–present 6-speed manual, 8-speed automatic 7G-DCT
CLA 200 d 04/2019–present
CLA 200 d 4MATIC 10/2019–present 8-speed automatic 8G-DCT
CLA 220 d 04/2019–present
CLA 220 d 4MATIC 10/2019–present
Plug-In Hybrid Engines
CLA 250 e 03/2020–present 8-speed automatic 8G-DCT

3. Marketing

As part of the first generation CLA-Class US product launch, a television commercial featuring Kate Upton was produced for, and premiered during the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLVII.[55][56] Additional commercials titled 'Dishes', 'Jukebox', 'Sundae' were premiered during Super Bowl XLVII.[57] A TV commercial titled 'Soul', featuring a devil played by Willem Dafoe was also premiered during Super Bowl XLVII.[58][59]

In a promotional campaign under the slogan "Untamed. The new CLA", a TV commercial titled 'Wolf' asks how it is possible to stand out from the crowd, when so many others are also striving for individuality – the answer is provided by the new CLA. The commercial was premiered until mid-March 2013 on all major German TV channels. The print materials show the 'style rebel' from a range of perspectives, which had appeared until mid-April 2013 in high-circulation news and business magazines, specialist motoring publications and special interest media under headings such as "Form: non-conformist" or "Untamed".[60]

The #Untamed was launched in February 2013, a digital photo installation inspired by the new Mercedes-Benz CLA, for which Mercedes-Benz will be exploiting the power of the popular social media photo platform Instagram. Users could to go to and upload the most unusual images from their personal Instagram photo stream to the multivdevice-compatible CLA campaign website. On the homepage, participants can see how individual their photos are, and the extent to which they stand out from the images captured by other participants. In accordance with the central theme of "The natural enemy of the ordinary", participants are encouraged to break free from the constraints of convention and demonstrate their creativity. A poster of the personal pictures can then be downloaded, sent by email or shared with friends via Facebook, Google+ and Twitter. Began in April 2013, these personal photos were digitally reworked and, together with the CLA, incorporated into an actual photo installation, to be presented to an international audience in Paris.[60]

The AMG CLA 45 first made its video game appearance in the 2014 PlayStation 4 video game Driveclub.[61]

4. Reception

The CLA-Class has been a controversial vehicle among Mercedes-Benz fans in North America due to its many differences from other Mercedes-Benz models.[62] In contrast to most Mercedes models sold in the U.S., the CLA is small, based on a front-wheel drive platform, and powered exclusively by four-cylinder engines.[63] Labeled by Mercedes-Benz as a new "gateway" into the Mercedes-Benz brand with sales "beyond our optimistic expectations",[64][65] Consumer Reports rated the CLA as "140% worse than the average car" in the 2014 Annual Auto Reliability Survey.[66]

Despite the criticism, the CLA received praise worldwide from professional reviewers. The price, which starts from $30,000, has been the highlight for many reviewers.[67] The front-wheel drive has been praised for giving the CLA a better fuel economy, which gives especially the CLA 250 a 26 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the road.[68] The performance has also been praised, with 208 hp (155 kW), the CLA 250 accelerates from 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) in 6.9 seconds.[68] The coupe-like handling has been praised, which has been described as "quick and direct".[67] The interior has been praised for making the CLA a more "youthful choice".[67] Though the CLA is an entry level car, professional reviewers agree that it still looks and feels like a proper Mercedes.[69]

5. Sales

Calendar year Europe[70] U.S.[71] Mexico[72]
2012 37    
2013 27,598 14,113 725
2014 38,374 27,365 1,140
2015 62,100 29,643 1,728
2016 65,810 25,792 2,288
2017 64,086 20,669 2,554
2018 58,522 22,556 2,634
2019 61,958 12,400 1,913
2020 67,319 8,461 1,317

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