New 2019 Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG CLA Sedan
Mercedes‑Benz Mercedes‑AMG CLA Sedan
The least expensive way to join an exclusive club, the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 packs serious power and hardware into a small, fast package.
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2019 Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG CLA KBB Expert Review
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 is the wonderfully hot version of the CLA small sedan. And gateway to the adrenaline-filled world of AMG, the operation that was once an independent tuner and now is part of the company. Because it’s the entry-level AMG car, it doesn’t have a V6 or a V8, but still sports a superb 375 horsepower. Traction from the standard all-wheel-drive system contributes to a chuckle-making standstill-to-60-mph time of 4.1 seconds. Sure, it’s not that roomy, especially in the rear seats, and some plastics in the cabin are cheaper than we’d like, but for true AMG performance at a slightly lower price than the 400-horsepower Audi RS 3, the CLA45 works extremely well. The regular CLA250 sedan is reviewed separately.
You'll Like This Car If...
Here's a valid a truism about cars: It’s more fun to push a less powerful machine to its limits than have a gazillion horsepower that can never be exploited, at least on public roads. Not many cars feel like a complete package with power/chassis/flair all working together harmoniously, but the 2019 CLA45 is one of them.
You May Not Like This Car If...
If you want some stretching-out room for your money, the slightly more powerful (385 horsepower) but slightly slower (4.5 seconds to 60 mph) C43 sedan could be ideal. Conversely, if you don’t want rear seats at all, test-drive the Porsche 718 Cayman and thank us later.
What's New for 2019
The contents of the Premium and Convenience packages (which are optional in the regular CLA and include keyless entry/ignition, heated front seats, satellite radio, self-dimming rearview/driver’s-side mirrors, compass, garage-door opener, and blind-spot monitoring) become standard in the 2019 CLA45.
Developing 375 horsepower from a 2.0-liter engine is quite a feat, even when turbocharging is involved. But it doesn’t feel stressed, still delivering its considerable muscle even when the revs are high. Maximum thrust, meanwhile, kicks in at 2,250 rpm, to provide a satisfying low-end push. The rest of the car can take the heat. The suspension has also been developed by AMG for precision and control, making the ride quality appreciably firmer than the regular CLA, but coming into its own when approaching a corner, clipping the apex and accelerating out of it. At the other end of this performance envelope, the brakes have also been upgraded by AMG for confident and decisive stopping power. These degrees of power and poise are perfectly suited to each other.
Panoramic roofs let in light, but add mass. In the CLA45, there’s a case for living with the slight weight increase since it won’t affect performance to any great measure, but makes the small cabin feel a little more open and even brings a fraction more headroom.
Look around for another 4-cylinder engine making 375 horsepower in a production car. We’ll save you the trouble, there isn’t one. The way AMG’s engineers managed to extract so much muscle from such modest displacement and yet still keep it so sweet is remarkable.
As mentioned earlier, no member of the 2019 CLA-Class could be described as roomy. And since the CLA is among the lowest-priced offerings from Mercedes-Benz, there are some plastics, particularly in the lower sections of the dashboard, that don’t answer to the description of “premium.” But there are no quibbles with build quality or interior design. The Mercedes-AMG CLA45 has dedicated sport seats up front that hold their occupants comfortably in place, whether going in a straight line or resisting lateral forces during quick cornering. And the steering wheel is covered partly in leather, partly in suede-like Alcantara material often found in real race cars.
Mercedes-Benz likes to call the CLA-Class a coupe, mainly because it has a sloping roofline that impacts on rear-passenger headroom. But it’s a small sedan with the requisite four doors. Yet arguably a pleasant-looking small sedan. The AMG treatment extends to special-design alloy wheels, larger front air intakes, rocker-panel extensions, and a subtle carbon-fiber spoiler (optional) on the trunk lid. It doesn’t look glaringly different from the regular CLA, just a touch more purposeful.
Notable Standard Equipment
The special engine, transmission, chassis, all-wheel drive, brakes, wheels, aerodynamic additions, sport exhaust system, sport front seats (14-way power-adjustable with memory settings), and cosmetic touches in the cabin are all standard, differentiating the 2019 CLA45 from its “muggle” sibling. Add the equipment mentioned in the “What’s New” section, then factor in a hands-free power-trunk lid operation, 19-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, selectable driving modes, 8-inch infotainment display, forward-collision mitigation with emergency braking, driver-fatigue monitoring, and LED headlights/taillights.
Notable Optional Equipment
The true enthusiast should consider the Dynamic Plus package for a firmer sport suspension with 2-stage electronic adjustment, limited-slip front differential, higher top speed (from 155 to 167 mph), and a Race mode drive setting (for really exploring the car’s potential -- at a well-supervised track session, of course). The Driver Assistance package featuring adaptive cruise control and lane-keeping assistance might also be worth opting for. Other extras include a panorama roof, carbon-fiber side-mirror caps, illuminated grille badge, leather upholstery, red seatbelts, navigation, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, Harman Kardon surround-sound system, active parking assistance, sportier exhaust system, and the all-important red-painted brake calipers.
Under the Hood
We’ve already waxed lyrically enough about this hand-built engine (it’s an AMG hallmark; the technician responsible even fits a signed plaque) that you’ve probably memorized the statistics by now. It’s worth noting, though, that its consumption of fuel (premium gasoline, admittedly and unsurprisingly) is quite reasonable: 30 mpg on the highway. Some credit should go to the aerodynamically efficient overall shape (0.23) and the relatively light weight (3,450 pounds) of this small car. This latter fact also brings benefits to the acceleration and handling. The AMG-tuned 7-speed automatic transmission has steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters to enable greater driver involvement. Or just put the car in D and select Sport mode, then concentrate on the steering.
2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 (CLA45 AMG 4Matic)
375 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
350 lb-ft of torque @ 2,250-5,000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/30 mpg
The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 comes with a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $53,100 plus a destination charge of $995, making $54,095 in total. Not exactly a bargain. Go lavish with the options and the final tally could easily be over $60,000. But that’s the rarefied level at which cars like this and the Audi RS 3 exist. It’s possible to spend even more on a Porsche 718 Cayman. Before buying, consult the KBB.com Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area paid for their new CLA45. On a more reassuring note, resale values are expected to be strong.
Mercedes-Benz Mercedes-AMG CLA Consumer Reviews
October 06, 2018
Best Mercedes ever
I took a break from Mercedes for 8 years and went to Lexus. The cla250 gave me hope to rekindle that lost love hate relationship I once...
July 10, 2018
I LOVE THIS CAR!
I got this car at 20 - I wanted something more luxury but not too expensive since I was in school. I can say, this was the BEST purchase...
February 25, 2018
Great car for the segment
There definitely are better bang for buck options. BUT you never get a Mercedes because its the most bang for the buck. And having...
December 29, 2017
I say WOW everytime I get into it
Love my CLA 250 sports edition. I do not the ECO start/stop and I usually turn it off as soon as I start car. I do wish their was a...
March 09, 2017
Best Car in my lifetime of ownership of cars
I purchased my 2014 Polar Silver CLA 250 4-Matic on March 31, 2014. Except for routine scheduled maintenance and three trips for tire...
November 07, 2016
first Mercedes ever
so i was very skeptic of getting this car because they were so many reviews with different opinions. i am 21 and have no kids and i...
August 29, 2016
Best Car I Have Ever Owned
My 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG is my favorite car that I have ever owned! I have always been happy with the value of Mercedes-Benz...
May 27, 2016
Great entry model for new Mercedes Benz clients
1. Great mileage - 38.5 mpg 2. Room for my golf clubs in the trunk w/o folding down seats 3. All Wheel Drive handles snow perfectly 4...
May 16, 2016
VERY GOOD CAR
Overall I am very happy with this car: PLUSES: Great lease deal, comfortable ride, excellent gas mileage, great on the highway, quality...
April 23, 2016
Most fun I've ever had driving
Love this car. Had my 2015 for just over 1 year now and couldn't be happier. Super looks, great handling, and excellent gas mileage. I'm...
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