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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35

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2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

By Brian Wong

Competes with: Audi S3, BMW 230i, Lexus IS 350

Looks like: A touched-up version of the standard CLA that will take a keen eye to tell apart from its near-twin

Powertrain: 302-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 295 pounds-feet of torque; seven-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2019

Mercedes-Benz has announced the next member of its AMG high-performance lineup, the 2020 AMG CLA35, which will debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show to become the sportiest variant of the CLA-Class. The CLA got a full redesign for 2020, which was a bit of a surprise — with the A-Class sedan coming to American shores for 2019, I thought that might be the end of the line for the four-door coupe.

Related: More New York Auto Show Coverage

Instead, Mercedes has doubled down, and the pair now form an entry point to the Mercedes lineup. The CLA35 follows the A35 — also set to debut as a 2020 model — and the two vehicles will share the same powertrain, interior features and technology, as well.

Exterior

Styling is pretty toned down for an AMG model. The CLA35 keeps the same swooping roofline and curvy aesthetic to its styling, especially when seen in profile. There is some additional detailing for the CLA35, especially up front where the lower bumper inlets have chrome detailing and the grille features two bars instead of one. The rear adds a small spoiler lip, diffuser and a pair of exhaust pipes.

Wheels come in 18-inch (standard) or 19-in...

Competes with: Audi S3, BMW 230i, Lexus IS 350

Looks like: A touched-up version of the standard CLA that will take a keen eye to tell apart from its near-twin

Powertrain: 302-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder making 295 pounds-feet of torque; seven-speed automatic transmission; all-wheel drive

Hits dealerships: Late 2019

Mercedes-Benz has announced the next member of its AMG high-performance lineup, the 2020 AMG CLA35, which will debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show to become the sportiest variant of the CLA-Class. The CLA got a full redesign for 2020, which was a bit of a surprise — with the A-Class sedan coming to American shores for 2019, I thought that might be the end of the line for the four-door coupe.

Related: More New York Auto Show Coverage

Instead, Mercedes has doubled down, and the pair now form an entry point to the Mercedes lineup. The CLA35 follows the A35 — also set to debut as a 2020 model — and the two vehicles will share the same powertrain, interior features and technology, as well.

Exterior

Styling is pretty toned down for an AMG model. The CLA35 keeps the same swooping roofline and curvy aesthetic to its styling, especially when seen in profile. There is some additional detailing for the CLA35, especially up front where the lower bumper inlets have chrome detailing and the grille features two bars instead of one. The rear adds a small spoiler lip, diffuser and a pair of exhaust pipes.

Wheels come in 18-inch (standard) or 19-inch (optional) sizes.

Interior

The interior looks to be a standout on the CLA35, with standard 64-color ambient lighting and a few two-tone seat upholstery options that make the cabin feel more sporty. Up front, the dashboard is dominated by a pair of screens positioned right next to each other to form a single continuous display for the driver — one for the instrument gauges, while the other controls the car’s multimedia functions.

Mercedes-Benz’s latest MBUX infotainment system is optional, which allows many of the car’s functions to be controlled via voice commands. The car can then be treated as a digital assistant, cued by the phrase “Hey, Mercedes.” The CLA35 also offers an AMG Track Pace system that allows the driver to track lap times, vehicle telemetry and other data, all within the multimedia screen.

Under the Hood

Power comes from a 302-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 295 pounds-feet of torque. All-wheel drive comes standard, as does a seven-speed automatic transmission, which is the only available gearbox. This is a front-biased AWD system, but torque can be split 50/50 between the front and rear wheels when needed. Mercedes-Benz estimates a zero-to-60-mph time of 4.6 seconds, which is a tenth of a second better than the A35 (suck exhaust fumes, sedan!).

There are five drive modes: Slippery, Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus and Individual, with which drivers can tune the various systems to their liking. Slippery is a new addition, meant for low-grip, icy conditions. Mercedes will offer an adaptive suspension on the CLA35, which comes with three suspension settings for different conditions, as well.

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No pricing information has been released for the 2020 CLA35. Mercedes says the coupe will reach dealerships in late 2019. We’ll have our team of automotive journalists at the 2019 New York auto show where the CLA35 is set to debut, so be sure to check back in with us often for all our coverage straight from the show floor.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

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Recalls

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 currently has 0 recalls


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Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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