Mercedes-Benz Cla CLA 200 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr Tip Auto

  • Automatic
  • Petrol
  • 44.1 mpg
  • 4 door coupe
  • 145 g/km CO2
  • 145 g/km CO2 emissions
  • 44.1 mpg Fuel efficiency
  • 8.4 secs 0 to 62 mph
  • 163 bhp Engine power

Ten Second Review

The CLA Coupe has always been a rather different kind of Mercedes. This second generation version, like the model that inspired it, is compact and coupe-like, yet has four doors and a decent boot. And it's been carefully improved here with mild hybrid tech and smarter trimming. As before, it'll set the neighbours talking far more than if you simply bought yet another mid-sized German-badged executive saloon. And it remains a model to challenge your preconceptions.


Never underestimate the power of emotional appeal. It's brought us cars like this one, this second generation Mercedes CLA Coupe. We first saw the original version of this four-door coupe in 2013, that design followed by an equally trendy 'Shooting Brake' estate version a couple of years later. The replacement second generation model launched in 2019 continued in much the same vein: so it was A-Class-based, which meant that it was front-driven - unlike the kind of Mercedes C-Class saloon you could buy for very similar money. A C-Class would give you much more rear seat room and boot space, but a CLA will make a much more overt car park statement - which for its intended audience will be all that really matters. This revised version of that MK2 model is a little more sophisticated than the original. And, as before, it comes in the four-door Coupe form we're going to look at here - or in 'Shooting Brake' estate guise.

Driving Experience

Mercedes markets this car as a 'sporty' alternative to its more conventional C-Class saloon. The CLA Coupe's sporty styling leads you to expect that. Though this car shares its chassis, steering and braking architecture with A and B-Class models, it does get its own suspension set-up, with various changes made to improve comfort and make it a bit less crashy over poorer surfaces. There's torque vectoring to help with the handling and 'Direct Steering' to sharpen things up at the helm. Probably the most significant change with this updated version of the MK2 CLA is that all the mainstream petrol engines now come with the brand's 48V mild hybrid system including the usual MHEV belt-driven starter-generator: that'll give you a 13hp boost when moving off. There are five mainstream engines, all of them four cylinder units mated to 7-speed auto transmission. As before, the petrol powerplant portfolio kicks off with a 1.4-litre unit, only available with front wheel drive and offered with either 136hp (in the CLA 180) or 163hp (in the CLA 200). Mercedes also offers a couple of 2.0-litre mainstream petrol variants that must be had with 4MATIC 4WD; the 190hp CLA 220 and the 224hp CLA 250, which makes 62mph in just 6.4s en route to 155mph. If efficiency is key, you'll be interested to know that there are still diesel alternatives, all using the same 2.0-litre four cylinder engine mated to 8-speed auto transmission; the CLA 180 d with 114hp, the CLA 200 d with 148hp and the CLA 220 d with 188hp. If you need efficiency but don't want to fuel from the black pump, you'll be interested to know that, as before, the CLA range also provides a Plug-in Hybrid option, in the form of the CLA 250 e. As previously, this uses a 1.33-litre engine mated to a revised 15.6kWh battery. The powertrain has a system output of 218hp and an improved all-electric driving range of up to 51 miles (an 8 mile improvement on before). As in the pre-facelift line-up, there are also two high performance Mercedes-AMG 2.0-litre turbo petrol models, the CLA 35 4MATIC (with 306hp which gains the 48V mild hybrid system); and the top CLA 45 S 4MATIC+ (with 421hp, which doesn't).

Design and Build

The update exterior changes here are subtle: a reshaping for the front bumper and radiator grille, a revised rear diffuser and 'modernised graphics' within the LED headlamp clusters. Wheel sizes range from 17 to 19-inches. By any measure, this is still a handsome car, purposeful, with sporting proportions and a potent long stretched bonnet. Hi-tech too, with jewel-like LED daytime running lamps fashioned to create a flare effect around the diamond-shaped grille. It's not just about aesthetics either. The combination of the long, stretched entry line above the windows and frameless doors give the CLA Coupe a sporty and elegant character. And the super-sleek drag factor makes this one of the most aerodynamic production cars you can buy. The cabin's very similar to that of an A-Class - and in this updated form features most of the changes lately made to that more mundane model. Which means that the 10.25-inch instrument screen has new display styles - 'Classic', 'Sporty' and 'Discreet'. The USB ports are now illuminated, there's now a nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel, ARTICO-trimmed 'comfort' seats and on most models, you now get wireless connectivity for the 'Apple CarPlay'/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring system. This works with a 10.25-inch touchscreen media centre display. Otherwise, the cabin is as before. The designers have completely dispensed with the usual instrument binnacle cowl, so as a result, the wing-shaped main body of the dashboard extends from one front door to the other with no visual discontinuity. The widescreen display is completely free-standing. And the lower section of the fascia is visually separated from the main body of the instrument cluster by what the designers call a 'trench', and it appears to float in front of the instrument cluster. The standard ambient lighting enhances this effect and the air vents, finished in a sporty 'turbine-look' are another highlight. Despite the coupe styling, a couple of adults can fit into the back, but it'll be snug and can be a bit claustrophobic. Out back, there's a 460-litre boot, but if that's not enough, talk to your dealer about the CLA-Class Shooting Brake estate variant. Here, there's a 505-litre boot.

Market and Model

CLA Coupe prices start at around £35,000 and rise to around £45,000 in the mainstream range: for the Mercedes-AMG models, you'll need to pay in the £50,000-£70,000 bracket. All of which leaves this car right in Mercedes C-Class saloon territory. Think in terms of a premium of around £1,000 to get yourself the Shooting Brake estate version. Across the range, there's a choice of four trim levels - 'Sport Executive', 'AMG Line Executive', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'. Even base 'Sport Line Executive' models come decently equipped, standard kit including the MBUX multimedia system that includes 'Hey Mercedes' voice recognition and is accessed through a 10.25-inch centre-dash touchscreen. This incorporates navigation, a DAB radio and smartphone integration, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also a 10.25-inch digital cockpit display, LED high performance headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, privacy glass, Thermotronic luxury two-zone automatic climate control, a Parking package and heated front seats with leather upholstery. Standard safety features include Active Lane Keeping Assist and Speed Limit Assist. 'AMG Line Premium' trim adds keyless entry and an upgraded sound system. Finally 'AMG Line Premium Plus Night Edition' spec adds a panoramic sliding sunroof, Multibeam LED headlights, memory seats for the driver and front passenger and dark-themed body kit.

Cost of Ownership

You'd expect such an aerodynamic production car to deliver an ultra-competitive set of running costs, so let's get to the WLTP figures. The CLA 180 and CLA 200 Coupe variants can deliver up to 46.3mpg on the combined cycle. The CLA 180 and CLA 200 models emits up to 133g/km of CO2. And the CLA 220 4MATIC and 250 4MATIC models can deliver up to 41.5mpg and emit 156g/km of CO2. The CLA 180 d diesel manages up to 57.7mpg and 133g/km. The CLA 250 e Plug-in Hybrid petrol model now puts out just 18g/km of CO2 in Coupe form - and charges quicker too, its previous 7.4kW charging limit now upped to 11kW. This means that it now takes only around 25 minutes to charge the battery up to 80% (improved from an hour and three-quarters). What else? Well it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional 'Service Care' package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash. There's also an ASSYST dashboard service indicator that monitors engine use and tells you exactly when a garage visit is due. It's also worth mentioning that the included 'Mercedes me' connect services package includes remote self-diagnostic capability, enabling your CLA to monitor wear and tear items and alert your local dealer to let you know if something needs seeing to.


If you're in the market for a compact, prestigiously-badged stylised saloon and like the look of this one, then nothing we're going to say here is likely to dissuade you away from CLA Coupe motoring. Unlike Mercedes, we think this car does have some direct rivals, but we'd agree that there is quite a lot that's unique about the way it looks, especially in this updated form. This design really is a breath of fresh air in what can otherwise be rather a staid market sector. Which is why it's sold so well - generally to people who never intended to drive a Mercedes. Younger folk who don't care about the abandonment of the rear wheel drive layout that was once considered conditional for a car of this type. They'll probably care just as little about the rear seat packaging compromises and the rather firm ride. They might not even mind the premium pricing. It's all about emotional appeal you see, as we said at the beginning.

  • Car wash mode
  • ECO start/stop function
  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Mercedes Benz advanced sound system (225 W) with 10 speakers, 1 central speaker, speakers on doors, a tweeter on door,one sub woofer + boost amplifier
  • Pre installation for Mercedes Benz Link
  • AMG body styling with AMG front apron and rear apron and visible exhaust tailpipe in chrome trim elements
  • Body colour door handles
  • Electric panoramic sunroof with automatic tilt and convenience closing fuinctions, rain sensor auto closing and electronic roller sunblind
  • Exhaust system with 2 Visible tailpipe trim elements and rear apron with trim in chrome
  • Hand free access
  • High gloss beltline strips
  • Radiator grille with Mercedes-Benz pattern in chrome and central Mercedes star, single louvre in high-gloss black with chrome inserts
  • Rear boot
  • Rear side wing doors
  • 3 twin spoke flattened multifunction steering wheel in nappa leather - horizontal twin spoke in high gloss black, vertical twin spoke in silver chrome
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Fluorescent jacket
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles in silver chrome
  • Illuminated front door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering and changeable cover
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Rear armrest with two integral cup holders for drinks
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Keyless go comfort pack - CLA
  • Light and sight pack - CLA
  • Mirror pack - CLA
  • Night package - CLA
  • Parking pack with 360 degree camera - CLA
  • Seat comfort pack - CLA
  • USB package plus - CLA
  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Black seat belts
  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • Exit warning
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Alarm system with immobiliser and interior protection -Thatcham category 1
  • Guard 360 deg vehicle protection - tow away protection with visual, acoustic warning, interior monitoring, preinstallation for parking damage
  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • CO: 0.214
  • HC: 0.021
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): 68
  • NOx: 0.017
  • Particles: 0.0008
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 145
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • CC: 1332
  • Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 81.2
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 45.6
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.3
  • Badge Power: 163
  • Based On ID: N
  • Coin Description: N
  • Coin Series: AMG Line Prem Plus
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 27E
  • Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 91
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 75
  • Safety Concerns: False
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 8.4
  • Engine Power - BHP: 163
  • Engine Power - KW: 120
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 199
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 27.5
  • Engine Torque - NM: 270
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Top Speed: 142
  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2
  • Alloys: True
  • Space Saver: False
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style: AMG MULTI SPOKE
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Height: 1427
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4688
  • Wheelbase: 2729
  • Width: 1830
  • Width (including mirrors): 1999
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 43
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1995
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 440
  • Max. Loading Weight: 490
  • Max. Roof Load: 100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 750
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1505
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.1

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