The second-generation CLA is still a lower-level Benz, but its refinements make it feel like a proper member of the Mercedes family.
When the Mercedes CLA-class debuted, in 2013, the debate was all about whether it would be accepted as a real Benz. Based on our experience with the second generation, that question has been answered. Unless you’re traversing the type of gruesome locale where the citizenry is well drilled on model hierarchy at Mercedes-Benz, you’ll find the general public is generally impressed with the CLA250. In fact, bystanders might guess that it’s more expensive than it actually is, which can be downright dear for a transverse-engine four-banger car. When a vehicle with a star on its nose costs more than $50K, as our test car did, you shouldn’t have to wonder whether it’s a real Mercedes.
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