2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

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$50,400

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2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45
2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

Key specs

Base trim shown

Overview

The good:

  • Automatic emergency braking standard
  • Straightforward center controls
  • Relative affordability
  • Decent list of standard features

The bad:

  • Poor visibility
  • Turbulent ride
  • Accelerator, transmission lag
  • Cramped cabin
  • Hit-and-miss cabin quality
  • Gets expensive with options

1 trim

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Notable features

  • Ice Edition available
  • Entry-luxury sedan with coupelike design
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder standard
  • High-performance AMG CLA45 available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available

2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 review: Our expert's take


What it is: A compact sedan styled like a coupe, the CLA is Mercedes-Benz’s least-expensive car. It’s also a departure from the brand’s usual powertrain layout in that it has front-wheel drive instead of rear drive. It comes in two versions: the CLA250, with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, and the AMG CLA45, with a high-output turbo 2.0-liter engine with 375 horsepower. Competitors include the Audi A3, BMW 2 Series and Cadillac ATS.


An Ice Edition, limited to 400 units, includes white paint and trim, AMG exterior trim, LED headlights, a panoramic roof and 18-inch AMG wheels.


AMG CLA45


AMG performance models have spread across Mercedes’ vehicle lines, and the CLA gets the AMG CLA45. It uses a hand-built turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder and has an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph. For 2018, an available AMG Performance Studio Package comes with black paint, gray and yellow accents, 19-inch wheels and AMG performance seats.


What's Special


  • Zero-to-60-mph time of 4.1 seconds

  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

  • Standard all-wheel drive

Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews

5.0

Fastest car I've ever owned

This is my dream car, and I've owned 2 Porsches, 3 Audi S4s, and even a '15 Mustang GT, but this car is a revelation. Stupidly fast, absolutely gorgeous to look at, flawless build quality, and telepathic responses. The only possible criticism is a hard ride, but it has a comfort/dynamic setting on the sespension. I've had it for 2 years without a single issue; just regular oil changes. It's an absolute blast to drive.

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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
Corrosion
48 months/50,000 miles
Powertrain
48 months/50,000 miles
Roadside assistance
48 months/50,000 miles
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
Powertrain
1 year/unlimited miles
Dealer certification required
164-point inspection
Roadside assistance
Yes
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