2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2015 Mercedes‑Benz CLA‑Class. Base trim shown.

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    26-30 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

  • Stylish good looks
  • Impressive acceleration (CLA45)
  • Balanced handling
  • Snorty exhaust tone

The Bad

  • Very cramped cabin
  • Limited headroom, front and rear
  • Transmission behavior at low speeds
  • Loud at highway speeds
  • Options get expensive

Notable Features of the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engines
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Four-door 'coupe' only
  • Standard seven-speed automatic transmission
  • High-performance AMG version available

2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA is in its second year and takes styling cues from the larger CLS. Mercedes calls both four-door coupes due to the swoopy styling. There is also a high-performance AMG version.

(Skip to details on the: CLA45 AMG)
New for 2015
Aside from the new steering wheel design, additions have been made to option packages. Interior ambient lighting is now part of the Interior Package, and keyless access has been added to the Premium Package.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Frameless windows
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Automatic headlights

Interior Highlights

  • Multimedia systems and smartphone connectivity
  • Steering wheel audio controls for DVD-audio, CD player and AM/FM radio
  • Memory seat
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Available keyless access
  • Available navigation system
  • Available 7-inch display with voice control
  • Available Harmon Kardon sound system
  • Available auto-dimming mirrors

Under the Hood

  • CLA250 has 208-horsepower, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that makes 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive available
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Available 18-inch AMG wheels

Safety Features

  • Required in all new cars: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Childseat and occupant sensing airbag
  • Brake assist

CLA45 AMG
Under the CLA45 AMG’s hood is a twin...

Vehicle Overview

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA is in its second year and takes styling cues from the larger CLS. Mercedes calls both four-door coupes due to the swoopy styling. There is also a high-performance AMG version.

(Skip to details on the: CLA45 AMG)
New for 2015
Aside from the new steering wheel design, additions have been made to option packages. Interior ambient lighting is now part of the Interior Package, and keyless access has been added to the Premium Package.

Below is a list of highlighted features and not an exhaustive list. Features are standard unless otherwise noted.

Exterior Highlights

  • Frameless windows
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Automatic headlights

Interior Highlights

  • Multimedia systems and smartphone connectivity
  • Steering wheel audio controls for DVD-audio, CD player and AM/FM radio
  • Memory seat
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Available keyless access
  • Available navigation system
  • Available 7-inch display with voice control
  • Available Harmon Kardon sound system
  • Available auto-dimming mirrors

Under the Hood

  • CLA250 has 208-horsepower, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that makes 258 pounds-feet of torque
  • Turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive available
  • 17-inch wheels
  • Available 18-inch AMG wheels

Safety Features

  • Required in all new cars: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system
  • Childseat and occupant sensing airbag
  • Brake assist

CLA45 AMG
Under the CLA45 AMG’s hood is a twin-scroll turbocharged 2.0-liter that produces 355 horsepower and is good for an estimated zero-to-60-mph run in 4.5 seconds.
What’s Special

  • All-wheel drive
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automated-manual automatic transmission
  • "Race Start" launch control feature for fast starts
  • 5.8-inch display screen
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Available navigation system
  • Available 7-inch display screen
  • Available sunroof

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2015 CLA-Class Video

Editor's note: This review was done in January 2013 about the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class. Little of substance has changed with this year's model.

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

I LOVE MY CAR!

by Ms Corporate on July 31, 2018

This car spares no expense in elegance and luxury the features are just amazing. I?m always receiving compliments! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE MY CAR!!! Read full review

(5.0)

Love it!

by Miss763 from Birmingham al on July 6, 2018

I love this car, it drives great and has plenty of room for all of my baby?s thing! Perfect for a new mom. Still sporty enough for my taste. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class has not been tested.

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-Class 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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