Review: 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Edition 1

15 December 2017, Neil Parkhi


The Mercedes CLA250 was the second 4 door coupe by Mercedes. Before that they had the CLS which was in production since 2005. The CLA is based on the C Class, which is meant to be a coupe, but with more doors. The reason why a coupe and sedan are different is not because of the doors of the vehicle, it is the shape. Traditionally, a coupe can only have two doors because of the shape of the vehicle primarily. But Mercedes-Benz with their CLS and CLA, and BMW with their Gran Coupes were able to make it a 4 door vehicle, and these coupes are even able to have 5 seats, well, except for the CLS, because it has a rear center console. All of the two door coupes by Mercedes-Benz have 4 seats, and it is rare for a 2 door to have 5, which one of those vehicles is the Honda Accord Coupe. Even the CLA seen here is a 5 seater vehicle. This vehicle is also the Edition 1. The Edition 1 car is the 1st CLA Vehicle in the U.S. The very first CLA in the U.S. is also an Edition 1. The Edition 1 was a limited production vehicle to only 750 units in the United States, so once they were gone, they were gone.


I personally think the Mercedes-Benz CLA class is in fact a great car, like a lot of other products by them. The CLA has the good reliability but also is elegantly crafted and designed. Its looks in general are stunning with those sporty designs, but also has really good ride comfort as well. These kinds of great factors are always there in a Mercedes product.


Steering and Transmission
Steering Type Speed Proportional, Electro-Mechanical, Rack and Pinion Power Steering
Transmission Type 7-Speed Automatic
Gear 1 Ratio 3.86
Gear 2 Ratio 2.43
Gear 3 Ratio 2.67
Gear 4 Ratio 1.05
Gear 5 Ratio 0.78
Gear 6 Ratio 1.05
Gear 7 Ratio 1.05
Reverse Gear Ratio 3.38
Wheels and Tires
Front Wheel Type 18 inch 15 spoke black painted alloys
Rear Wheel Type 18 inch 15 spoke black painted alloys
Front Tire Type 225/40R18
Rear Tire Type 225/40R18
Front Suspension Type Independent MacPherson Strut
Rear Suspension Type Independent Multi-Link
Suspension Features Stabilizer Bars, Coil Springs, Gas Pressurised Shock Absorbers
Length (in, mm) 182.3in, 4630mm
Width (in, mm) 70in, 1778mm
Height (in, mm) 56.6in, 1437mm
Wheelbase (in, mm) 106.3in, 2700mm
Weight (lb, kg) 3262lb, 1480kg
Engine Specifications
Engine Type 2.0 litre single overhead cam 16 valve inline 4 cylinder
Power (bhp, PS, kW) 208bhp, 211PS, 155kW @ 5500RPM
Torque (lb-ft, Nm) 258lb-ft, 350Nm @ 1250RPM
0-60 mph (0-97 kmph) 9.4 seconds
Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
Fuel Tank Size (gal, L) 13.2 gallons, 50L
Fuel Type (AKI, RON) 91 Octane/AKI Petrol (95 RON)
City Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 26mpg, 11kmpL
Highway Fuel Economy (mpg, kmpL) 38mpg, 16kmpL
Cargo Specifications
Cargo Space (ft3, L) 13.1ft3, 371L
Max. Cargo Space (ft3, L) 13.1ft3, 371L
Price Range
U.S. Dollars $29,900
Canadian Dollars $37,961