2017 Mercedes CLA Review
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2017 Mercedes CLA Review

Car Tested: 2017 Mercedes CLA 200; Road Test No. 792

Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 39.89 – 46.60 lakhs

The Mercedes CLA has impressive engines & very good driving characteristics

The Mercedes CLA is an entry-level sedan offered by the Stuttgart-based automaker. The CLA was first launched a couple of years back and it is based on the A-Class. The sedan is one of the best looking cars out there in the market and now the automaker has given it a minor update as part of a mid-life facelift.

Motor Quest: The Mercedes CLA is known to be one of the most aerodynamic cars. The vehicle has sporty dynamics and while it isn’t targeted towards families or people looking for rear seat space, the CLA makes for a smart choice for the millennials.

There are minute changes to the exteriors

Exteriors – On the outside, the 2017 Mercedes CLA facelift comes with minor changes which no layman will be able to identify. Both the bumpers get a slight tweak in design. The front bumper gets an aluminium-finish strip at the bottom. The bumpers now carry a look that is inspired by the AMG version of the CLA. The side profile remains unchanged and we’re glad Mercedes didn’t make changes to the design of an already beautiful car. Look closely and you’ll notice revised LED headlamps with different detailing than the outgoing model. The tail lamps also get a redesigned look. With this facelift, Mercedes has kept the changes subtle.

The dashboard has got some retro design elements from the 60s

Interiors – Things are similar on the inside. The dashboard carries the familiar look which is a blend of sportiness and functionality. The front seats get slightly stiff cushioning but they are extremely supportive. The seat upholstery gets a new design and the COMAND system now gets a new firmware and an 8-inch screen, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. The 3-spoke steering wheel comes with silver inserts and gets paddle shifters and audio/phone controls. At the rear, leg room is a bit limited but the seats are comfortable. Shoulder space is good if there are two passengers sitting but things get a bit tight with three people on board. Due to the sloping roofline, headroom gets slightly affected.