2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long Term Review: 6 Months

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Test Car - Northern Lights Violet Metellic Long Term Review Road Test 4038 2

Well, it’s been about six months and 10,221 miles since we took delivery of our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 long-term test car.  We took a vow when we leased the car to keep it for better and for worse, and let this six-month long-term review serve as an account of both the better and the worse.


Our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

But, first a reminder on what it is we’re testing, exactly.  In October 2013, we leased a 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 ($29,900 base) that isn’t stripped, and it isn’t loaded.  It sits nicely in the butter zone between the two.  All said, our CLA250 cost $34,345 plus tax and title.


Our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is Northern Lights Violet Metallic ($720) with 18-inch twin five-spoke wheels ($500).  The car is front-wheel-drive and powered by the standard 2.0-liter, 208 horse and 258 pound-feet, turbocharged inline four-cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, paddle-shifters and three driving modes: Eco, Sport and Manual.  The top speed is 149 mph and the time from 0 to 60 mph is a deceptively quick-feeling 6.8 seconds.  The CLA250 is also equipped with a standard Eco automatic start/stop function with helps with the EPA estimated 26 mpg city and 38 mpg highway.


The interior of our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is Ash MB-Tex with Anthracite trim.  The CLA-class comes standard with HD radio, hands-free Bluetooth and 14-way electronically adjustable front sport seats with memory.  We sprang for the $2,300 Premium Package which gave us dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, harman/kardon LOGIC7 sound system, SiriusXM Radio with 6-month trial, Media Interface (that doesn’t work with an iPhone 5, 5C or 5S without an adapter), auto-dimming driver-side and inside rear view mirrors, integrated compass and garage door opener.  We also ponied up for the $200 Becker MAP PILOT pre-wiring (even though we have yet to buy the actual nav system component).


That’s our CLA250 in a nutshell.  So, after six months, two roadtrips and countless commutes, is the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 any good?  Well, yes and no.  There is a lot we really, really like about the car.  There is also a fair amount we don’t like.  But, let’s start with the good.  NEXT PAGE>>

Author: Nick Glasnovich

Founder & Executive Editor of TickTickVroom.com.

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  1. Do you think the car will last long? Also do you think the engine stop/start will kill the engine? I want to use it but i’m afraid its going to do more harm for just saving some mpgs.

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    • Michael, thanks for the question. We haven’t had any issues with our CLA since that little trip to the shop. I don’t think the start/stop will cause any long-term issues. Mercedes engines have always been on the torque-y side, and perhaps the roughness of the start/stop is (at least partially) a byproduct of that. But, like with any new car or new model, the first few off the production line are bound to have a couple hiccups. I still use the Eco mode pretty consistently in favor of those few additional mpgs. But, summer is coming, and since the AC doesn’t work with the car off, I don’t think I’ll be worried about fuel consumption when the temp reaches the high-90s.

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  2. Have a 2015 CLA 250C sport. No issues so far except a few paint blemishes. Have a similar impression. A little tight in the back but nice size trunk. Comfortable seats but not overly impressed with ergonomics. Hate the auto stop so keep it turned off. Nav kind of antiquated, phone system sucks and rear visibility marginal. Lights and light packaged phenomenal really sharp on the road. Descent ride except on rough pavement then it feels truck like. Beautiful lines, front and back exceptional . Surprising power coupled to exceptional gas milage.

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    • Thanks for the comment! Really interesting to hear your thoughts. Perhaps Mercedes-Benz made a bit of a boo-boo in using the old tech in the CLA when the cool new stuff from the 2015 C-Class hit stores shortly thereafter.

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  3. I have a 2014 cla250 and it’s in the shop for the wiring harness. They said that was the issues with the stop and start not working anymore. I noticed it fairly quick so took it in and also had a serp belt also covered under warranties. Hopefully it’s not every cla250.

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