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>>