2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz CLA‑Class. 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

  • Stylish appearance
  • Impressive acceleration (CLA45 AMG)
  • Balanced handling
  • Snorty exhaust note

The Bad

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

Notable Features of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class

  • Turbocharged four-cylinder engine
  • Front- or all-wheel drive
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission standard
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking standard
  • High-performance AMG version available

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The CLA-Class compact sedan serves as an entry-level model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. A high-performance AMG version is also available. Competitors include the Audi A3 and Acura ILX.

(Skip to details on the: CLA45 AMG)
New for 2016
An Edition: Orange model limited to 750 units is available, as well as a Night Package with gloss-black accents and black 18-inch wheels. An adaptive suspension is newly available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power driver's seat with memory feature
  • Split-folding backseat
  • 7-inch dashboard screen
  • Attention Assist driver-drowsiness monitor
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • Navigation system
  • Harman Kardon sound system
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Performance-tuned suspension, steering and exhaust systems
  • Wood trim
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Backup camera
  • Automated parallel-parking system

CLA45 AMG
The performance-oriented version of the CLA-Class has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 355 hp.
What's Special

  • Handcrafted engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • High-performance brakes
  • Sport suspension
  • Sport exhaust system

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Vehicle Overview

The CLA-Class compact sedan serves as an entry-level model in Mercedes-Benz's lineup. A high-performance AMG version is also available. Competitors include the Audi A3 and Acura ILX.

(Skip to details on the: CLA45 AMG)
New for 2016
An Edition: Orange model limited to 750 units is available, as well as a Night Package with gloss-black accents and black 18-inch wheels. An adaptive suspension is newly available.
Significant Standard Features

  • 208-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power driver's seat with memory feature
  • Split-folding backseat
  • 7-inch dashboard screen
  • Attention Assist driver-drowsiness monitor
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Rain-sensing windshield wipers
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • All-wheel drive
  • Navigation system
  • Harman Kardon sound system
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • Performance-tuned suspension, steering and exhaust systems
  • Wood trim
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front seats
  • Backup camera
  • Automated parallel-parking system

CLA45 AMG
The performance-oriented version of the CLA-Class has a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s rated at 355 hp.
What's Special

  • Handcrafted engine
  • All-wheel drive
  • High-performance brakes
  • Sport suspension
  • Sport exhaust system

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Great looking ride !!!

by Jeff from Tennessee on June 27, 2018

Started out very difficult with Rick Hill imports selling a GlK 350 out from under my wife, however disappointment turned into excitement when she drove the CLA! Very sporty and plenty of power from ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great car

by MIchelleBurgos from Ocoee, FL on January 27, 2018

I love my new car. Its exactly what I wanted. Drove down from Gainesville because of the value and excellent customer service. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class currently has 3 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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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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