MERCEDES-BENZ CLA

Mercedes Benz CLA

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How much does the Mercedes Benz CLA cost to run?

The 2.1L diesel is the most economical Mercedes Benz CLA to run, taking into account insurance, tax and fuel efficiency.

The Mercedes Benz CLA 2.1L diesel costs £20.00 a year to tax, as it sits in tax band B.

It does not far off 71 MPG on average, which means it will cost £9.00* in diesel every 100 miles driven.

In terms of fuel efficiency, it sits between the Volvo V60 2.4L diesel and the more thirsty Infiniti Q50 2.1L diesel.

The lower the insurance group, the cheaper a car should be to insure. This model is rated insurance group 22, which is lower than the Infiniti Q50 2.1L diesel, but higher than the Audi A4 2.0L diesel. (If insurance cost is important to you then the Audi A4 has the lowest insurance group.)

Engine options

model1.6L petrol1.8L diesel2.0L petrol2.1L diesel
mpg40.9 - 52.362.8 - 64.232.8 - 46.350.4 - 70.6
emissions124 - 158117 - 118141 - 195105 - 148
tax£125.00 - £200.00£30.00£160.00 - £300.00£160.00 - £20.00
insuranceGroup 23 - 29Group 24Group 32 - 47Group 22 - 32

*UK average price of diesel £1.34 as of 01/06/2019.

*UK average price of petrol £1.29 as of 01/06/2019.

Mercedes Benz CLA: How big is the boot?

The Mercedes Benz CLA estate has a bigger boot than the coupe (it can hold 495 litres of luggage with the seats up).

This allows the estate to take one pushchair and 3 large bags or 4 large bags. While the coupe takes just 4 large bags.

Worth knowing, the Volvo V60 estate is the best in class, allowing for one pushchair and 3 large bags with its 564 litres.

Is the Mercedes Benz CLA easy to park?

While not the absolute narrowest car (that is the BMW 1 Series), this is in the top third for ease of parking in car parks. Given a typical supermarket space, it will fill three quarters of the space.

If you park on the street regularly, this is one of the cars to shortlist. At 4637m long it gives you reasonable 163mm space to move the car in and out of the bay.

Which Mercedes Benz CLA has the best performance?

The fastest Mercedes Benz CLA from 0-60, is the 2.0L petrol (if you’re a petrol head, it has 450 lbs/ft torque and 381 bhp). It hits 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.

The closest rival in its class is the Jaguar XE 5L petrol, which will beat your Mercedes Benz CLA to 60 by 0.9 seconds. That doesn’t sound much, but in 0-60 terms it’s actually a big gap.

Engine options

model1.6L petrol1.8L diesel2.0L petrol2.1L diesel
zeroTo627.9 - 9.49.3 - 9.44.2 - 7.27.7 - 9.9
torque200 - 250300300 - 475300 - 350
bhp122 - 156136184 - 381136 - 177

What size caravan or trailer, can the Mercedes Benz CLA tow?

If you are towing you want good torque to pull away easily despite the extra weight, and the car needs to be at least 15% heavier than the caravan to keep you stable at speed.

The model that can tow the biggest caravan or heaviest trailer is the Mercedes Benz CLA 2.0L petrol which has 350 lbs/ft torque. It should be able to tow a braked caravan or trailer that weighs up to 1500kg comfortably.

You must check your car handbook – maximum towing weights vary considerably with different engine and gearbox combinations.