As promised, here is my pictorial review of the new Mercedes Benz CLA that was launched in India on 22nd Jan 2015 at a starting price of INR 31.50 Lac Ex Showroom. Three variants of the CLA have been put up in all.
From the looks I feel the CLA looks really aerodynamic and looks really pleasing to the eyes.
The front grill with 3 spoke star has always been the trade mark of the Mercedes Benz and has still been retained even on the CLA Class.
The panoramic roof along with frame-less windows provide the CLA a really aggressive and bold character that is followed till the rear end. The ORVM with integrated turn indicators do provide safety and elegance to the CLA at the same time.
The CLA Class boasts of efficient engine technology that provides maximum power with the 4 Cylinder Setup and a 7 Speed dual clutch transmission.
The interiors of the CLA give a combined feeling of a sporty yet crafted with utmost elegance. The integrated ACC, multi media screen with reverse camera display and AC vents give the feel of an uber-luxurious experience. The CLA comes with a Harman Kardon Logic 7 surround sound system with 20 Audio CD changer, 450 Watts Output, Multi Channel Amplifier and 12 loud-speakers that provide 360-degree in-cabin acoustics.
The internal roof lamp is also accurately placed giving the cabin adequate light when ever needed.
The steering of the CLA has steering mounted audio controls, dual horn and integrated driver side air bag. The Silver Accents and Chrome trims on the steering give a sporty feel to it.
The 3 level seat adjustment functions are provided right on the plush beige leather door pads for the ease of the driver and the passengers.
The CLA 200 CDI has really comfortable rear seats as well as the front seats to look sporty yet really comfortable. However, the rear does not have a AC vent unlike the C Class. This is something that should be provided. The doors are provided with shadow lamps too.
The CLA Class come with Bi-Xenon Projector headlamps which substantially improve the visibility in poor weather and night driving. They do accentuate the external character of the car immensely.
The tail lights of the Benz CLA are projecting a fluidic character and definitely provide a fresh feel to the car thereby complimenting the overall design.
The CLA comes equipped with 5 spoke dual tone alloys and Continental rubbers.
On the safety front, the CLA is equipped with 6 airbags, attention assist, adaptive braking with hold function.
The Boot of the CLA is quite accommodating with an additional Red trunk light. The fabrication of the Boot and the hood do ensure minimum cabin noise and maximum in-cabin pleasure to all passengers.
Overall, this is a really nice car with good technology and features at disposal. It would be rather interesting to see how it competes to one of it's closest competitor i.e Audi A3.
I hope this interesting review is appreciated by you buddies, though its not official one.