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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250

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$33,100 — $35,100 MSRP
5 Seats
30 MPG
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(5.0) 3 reviews

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
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250
  • Four-door coupe body style
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Turbo four-cylinder engine standard
  • High-performance AMG CLA 45 available
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available

Our Take

from the expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

The five-seat Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is an entry-level subcompact luxury car with coupe-like styling. It has a standard 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that works with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It's offered with front- or all-wheel drive, and competitors include the Audi A3 and BMW 2 Series. Mercedes also sells the performance-oriented AMG CLA 45, which has a 375-hp, turbo 2.0-liter four-cylinder and standard all-wheel drive.

What's New on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

There are no significant changes this year.

What Features in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Are Most Important?

Standard features include an 8-inch dashboard screen, dual-zone air conditioning and keyless start. Options include an adaptive suspension, a panoramic moonroof, blind spot warning and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

Should I Buy the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class?

The CLA-Class' starting price is appealing, but you pay in other ways; visibility is poor, the cabin is cramped, the ride is busy and there's some low-grade interior trim. Mercedes' own C-Class compact sedan, by comparison, is a much more well-rounded luxury car — albeit a more expensive one.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

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Value For The Money

The coolest ride I ever purchased

by Tina Benz from Ellaville, GA on November 20, 2018

This car had all the features that I could ever want on a car. I love the heated seats and the blind spot feature is very helpful. Read full review


Beautiful car at a great price

by Edouglas from Tampa, Fl on November 1, 2018

This is a well designed car that is fully equipped with many bells and whistles. It gives you sporty and luxury all at the same time at a reasonable price. Read full review


Recalls and crash tests


The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 has not been tested.


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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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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