2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Review


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2020 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Overview

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class is a small luxury car first released in 2014 and refreshed for 2017. It sees a full redesign for 2020 and competes with vehicles such as the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series, and Tesla Model 3.

The redesigned CLA-Class features four doors, a sloping roof, and a long front overhang. Narrow headlights and taillights create a consistent flow. The wheels sit flush with the arches, emphasizing the car’s wide stance.

At launch, the CLA-Class will be available with just one powertrain, a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated for 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The transmission is a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT). Front-wheel drive (FWD) and 4MATIC all-wheel drive (AWD) are available. Fuel economy ratings will be available closer to the sale date.

Mercedes-Benz aims for a youthful and high-tech look in the cabin, with design features such as a seamless dashboard, turbine-shaped vents, a free-standing widescreen display, and ambient lighting. There will be just one trim available at launch, the CLA 250, and though Mercedes-Benz hasn’t yet specified which features will be standard or optional, the new design hints at some pleasant surprises.

The Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) system, which responds to the phrase “Hey Mercedes,” can handle more complex inquiries and instructions. Other elements of the system include a customizable display, a full-color head-up display (HUD), and augmented video for the navigation feature.

Standard safety features in the CLA-Class include advanced active brake assist and active lane-change assist. Other available features include active LED headlights, adaptive cruise control, active emergency-stop assist, and semi-autonomous driving.

The redesigned Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class further establishes its position in the entry-level luxury market with graceful styling and advanced technology. Expect to see the 2020 CLA-Class in dealerships in late 2019.


Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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