2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

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$32,700–$34,700 MSRP range
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Key Specs

of the 2018 Mercedes‑Benz CLA 250. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    28-30 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    208-hp, 2.0-liter I-4 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Front-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed auto-shift manual w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

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

Notable Features of the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

  • 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 CLA 250 Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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.

New for 2018

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

Latest 2018 CLA 250 Stories

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Ok car

by Uask from Sc on August 18, 2018

I was so very excited, then I realized for the money I could?ve chosen another car. I have a recall on a 2018 already, I don?t like how it sounds pressing my brakes, no self closure to trunk and i ... Read full review

(5.0)

LUXURY on 4 wheels

by mirda_sirda from Chicago on August 17, 2018

This car meet all my needs, plenty of leg room on the front seats/ very comfortable seats easy to drive I do love all the USB outlets and compatibility with Apple Car and Android Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Base

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
good

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
poor

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Small overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/thigh
good
Lower leg/foot
good
Restraints and dummy kinematics
acceptable
Small overlap front
good
Structure and safety cage
good
poor
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CLA 250 received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* 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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