As SUVs continue their market domination, German automakers refuse to let the sedan die, rather opting for a dignified exit. This is where sports sedans are still surviving as manufacturers pour all the best features into only a few vehicles. This is everything you need to know about the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

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Is the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 a good car? 

The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 arrived on the local scene to much fanfare from local journalists who absolutely fell in love with its dynamic handling and punchy drivetrain. The CLA has been perfectly placed to service the needs of people who want the AMG sedan experience from a smaller vehicle that is not as large as the C43 and 63 derivatives.

Who is the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 a good car for?

The CLA 35 is a good car for individuals who are looking for a compact sports sedan that has all the mod cons and delivers a unique dynamic drive. If C63 is outside your wheelhouse, the CLA 35 and its bigger relation, the CLA 45 will be ideal for drivers that enjoy luxury and sporty driving.

Is the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 a good first car?

Sporting a 2.0l turbo petrol engine and pumping out 225kW and 400Nm, the CLA 35 is packed with tech designed to make this a very dynamic driving experience and thus is not really suitable for new drivers.

Is the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 a good family car?

The CLA 35 is a coupe and with its swooping roofline, it compromises rear headroom for passengers. Legroom is also at a premium so even though it has a 480l boot it may not be best suited for family activities.

Is there a Hybrid Mercedes-AMG CLA 35?

As the CLA35 is an AMG model there is no hybrid offering available

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What’s it like to drive? 

Reviewer’s opinion

Track Pace is a handy addition to the system that allows you to record lap times, drag race results as well as acceleration and braking statistics. It also allows for track overlay telemetry, using the GPS sensors to plot your racing line around your local racetrack. Throw in the AMG steering wheel with its F1-inspired controls and you’ll feel like a racing driver every time to head out.

– Chad Luckhoff, AutoTrader

What does it look like?

Exterior

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Interior

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What is the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 like inside? 

The interior of the CLA 35 is a bit of a mix-and-match with high-quality leather and cheaper scratchy plastic with high-tech and chrome trim.

 

Style

Sporty and dynamic is the name of the game inside the CLA 35.  Alcantara, brushed aluminium and red trimmed leather sports seats make for a very sporty touch and feel.

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Tech features

  • MBUX infotainment system
  • AMG TrackPace
  • Dynamic Handling Sport+
  • Horizontal digital dashboard display
  • Apple Car Play / Android Auto

Price and specs

Which is the cheapest Mercedes-AMG CLA 35?

The only CLA35 model is the CLA35 4Matic – prices usually start from R 1 133 848

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How much does it cost?

Mercedes-AMG CLA35 4Matic R 1 133 848
Mercedes-AMG CLA45 S 4Matic+ R 1 426 637 

*Pricing correct at time of publishing and subject to change without notice.

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