CARS.COM — We last tested Mercedes-Benz’s smallest sedan when the CLA-Class was new for 2014; it did not fare well in our Car Seat Check. This time, we tested the 2017 CLA 250 and ran into many of the same problems; most frustrating is the difficult top tether anchor. For 2017, the CLA got minor revisions, including lightly tweaked styling, additional standard features and new technology options.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
What We Like
- The two sets of outboard Latch anchors are among the best we’ve used because they sit out in the open, but the tether anchor problems caused us to give the Latch system a C grade.
What We Don’t Like
- There are three top tether anchors, but the anchor opening is so small that we couldn’t connect the convertible’s tether hook to it, so the seat isn’t safe to use. Connecting the top tether strap is essential because it reduces a child’s head movement in a crash. On the grounds that we couldn’t connect to the tether anchor, we gave the fit of the forward-facing convertible seat an F.
- To fit the rear-facing infant-safety seat, we had to move the front passenger seat as far forward as possible and then adjust the seatback to an uncomfortably upright angle. Our 6-foot tester in the front passenger seat was extremely uncomfortable.
- Although the rear-facing convertible was easy to install, we had to move the front passenger seat forward significantly. Our front passenger’s knees were raised and legroom was cramped, though his knees weren’t pushed into the glove box.
- The CLA 250’s rear seats are heavily bolstered and our booster seat barely fit into the seat bottom cushion. The booster sits right against the stable seat belt buckle, crowding it.