2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45
- Automatic emergency braking standard
- Straightforward center controls
- Relative affordability
- Decent list of standard features
- Poor visibility
- Turbulent ride
- Accelerator, transmission lag
- Cramped cabin
- Hit-and-miss cabin quality
- Gets expensive with options
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
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 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.
- Zero-to-60-mph time of 4.1 seconds
- Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
- Standard all-wheel drive
The 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45 currently has 0 recalls