Mercedes-Benz CLA
Mercedes-Benz CLA
Mercedes-Benz CLA

2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

Pros: Crisp acceleration; ride and handling balance; nicely finished interiors

Cons: Automated-manual transmission can be clunky; stingy cabin space, especially in the back seat

CG Says: Mercedes-Benz’s CLA-Class compact sedan is redesigned for 2020 on the same basic platform as Mercedes’s entry-level A-Class compact sedan, which launched as a 2019 model. The CLA is a rakishly styled “coupe sedan” (a four-door with a with a sloping, coupe-like roofline) that slots between the A-Class and the C-Class in Mercedes’s car lineup. Both the CLA-Class and A-Class are on front-wheel-drive platforms, while the C-Class has Mercedes’ traditional rear-wheel drive. All three cars offer available all-wheel drive. As before, all CLAs are powered by turbocharged 2.0-liter cylinder engines. The base CLA 250 and all-wheel-drive CLA 250 4MATIC have a 221-horsepower engine that is up 13 hp over the previous base model. The AMG CLA 35 has a twin-scroll turbocharger engine that develops 302 hp, while the AMG CLA 45 has a 382-hp turbo engine. The CLA 250 and AMG CLA 35 have a 7-speed automated-manual transmission and the AMG CLA 45 has an 8-speed automated manual. Both AMG models have standard all-wheel drive. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, crosswind assist, adaptive cruise control, active lane centering, and evasive steering assist. The CLA’s sloping roofline sacrifices back-seat comfort for fashion, making the A-Class a slightly more practical choice for a budget-conscious Mercedes compact sedan. Still, for those who seldom use the back seat, the CLA offers style and high-grade interior trim. The CLA also has handling and performance to match its looks—especially the AMG models.

The Facts
Class Premium Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer Mercedes-Benz
Nation of Manufacture Hungary
Base Prices CLA 250: $37,645
AWD CLA 250: $39,645
AMG AMG CLA 35: $47,895
AWD AMG CLA 45: $55,795

Base Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (CLA 250)
Horsepower
221
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-25
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33-35

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (CLA 35)
Horsepower
302
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Optional Engine
turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder (CLA 45)
Horsepower
382
Std. Transmission
8-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
20
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35
Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45
2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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