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Benz CLA (2014-2015)

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Benz CLA (2014-2015)

I am in the market for new car and the CLA has caught my interest. Does anyone here own either the 2014 or 2015 model, if you so can you answer a few questions for me?

1) How is the CLA as a daily driver?
2) Is the ride quality comfortable?
3) Does it make a lot of road noise on the stock tires?
4) Are you leasing or financing? Is it a high maintenance vehicle?
5) Can you provide a rough $ figure on what your monthly payments are if you are leasing or financing? Anywhere I look, the best i can get is around the low $500 range.

I am coming from fully modified Genesis Coupe on coilovers so i am assuming the ride quality would be better. The car is a lot of fun but i am married now and misses is not all that happy with car and i don't blame her, the ride is pretty harsh and it is not a quiet car by a long shot :D .

Also which dealership would you recommend?
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CLA is pretty small, no?

backseat is very crampy and its not easy to get in and out, and trunk size is a bit on the small end

if you plan to have kids, i dunno how well the CLA accommodates car seats due to the lack of interior space
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Just went for a drive to midland beach and back to GTA. I must admit, ride was harsh. You feel every pebbles and I do not want to go for a long drive again. I have a headache now.

This is my significant other daily driver and she commutes 10mins to work. Its great I thought for last 1 year. The sports suspension was great and lowered stance was good too but other day when I went over a speed bump at ultra slow speed, car bottomed out.

Other thing I don't like is the shifting. Its gawd damn so slow. I driven crappy Mazda automatic, currently have 6 speed manual and this 7speed DCT is suxor. If you want to pass someone on left or right immediately, forget it. You need to press the gas 5 seconds in advance to have the engine match torque with the transmission, then you are in business!

Other the that, great short distance grocery getter! Great style and tight suspension.
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Everyone driving a CLA now a days. Didn't realize why until I searched for it on the MB website.

Is CLA the new entry level luxury vehicle?
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I think the C300/400 is a better value but more costly

CLA looks cheap and small
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I've driven the CLA 250 4matic. The interior is fantastic. The materials feel great and the layout for the controls are easy to reach and use. The seats were very comfortable and supoortive. Now besides that, its very small inside. Not much legroom for rear passengers unless they are kids. The visibility isnt the best with the small rear window and small door windows. You might want to add the package with the blind spot monitor. The car does drive great, it has good get up and go and the brakes work very well. Suspension is sporty and firm, but it's not too bad. Handling is excellent and it makes a nice sound when you floor it despite it being a 4 cylinder. It's a really nice car overall and definitely has the best interior of all cars in its class. When I tested the c300, I found it much more comfortable inside. It's more money, but its worth it
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If you must buy a Benz, I'd recommend Benz C400 for a family. It will cost a lot more though.

You could wait for 2016 Lexus IS200T

I wouldn't buy CLA250. I may consider CLA45 AMG as a family car if the kids aren't big. With a family, I'd get Lexus IS200T or IS350 F Sport
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trixstar wrote: I've driven the CLA 250 4matic. The interior is fantastic. The materials feel great and the layout for the controls are easy to reach and use. The seats were very comfortable and supoortive. Now besides that, its very small inside. Not much legroom for rear passengers unless they are kids. The visibility isnt the best with the small rear window and small door windows. You might want to add the package with the blind spot monitor. The car does drive great, it has good get up and go and the brakes work very well. Suspension is sporty and firm, but it's not too bad. Handling is excellent and it makes a nice sound when you floor it despite it being a 4 cylinder. It's a really nice car overall and definitely has the best interior of all cars in its class. When I tested the c300, I found it much more comfortable inside. It's more money, but its worth it
Brakes better work well.
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when we inquired about a red cla in top trim, it was a 2 month wait. they have lots of black and white models at the shipping dock though. those are the most popular colors. Markham mercedes on kennedy/highway 7 was good. 3% over invoice
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Slightly OT; I've noticed while driving on the 401, the CLA is almost always driven by some douchey, tail gating lane weaver. (Not implying OP will be)
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If you're married and plan to start a family, do not get the CLA as the rear seats are so tiny that you'll have trouble putting in a rear facing car seat for your kid. The trunk is so small that a stroller will eat up most of it. I think a small SUV is a better choice if you have only one vehicle in the family.
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Spyd3r wrote:
I wouldn't buy CLA250. I may consider CLA45 AMG as a family car if the kids aren't big. With a family, I'd get Lexus IS200T or IS350 F Sport
They both have tiny back seats only meant to transport small children.
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OP have you considered the GLA? I think the architecture is the same as the CLA but it's a hatch and slightly higher/softer suspension. The hatch form factor should be better for your new family and suspension should be better for ride.

Or just get a GLA AMG.
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fred2028 wrote: OP have you considered the GLA? I think the architecture is the same as the CLA but it's a hatch and slightly higher/softer suspension. The hatch form factor should be better for your new family and suspension should be better for ride.

Or just get a GLA AMG.
+1

Definitely recommend GLA over CLA for a family. Either GLA 250 or GLA AMG would be nice. My chiropractor has GLA250 in red color and it looks gorgeous.
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Spyd3r wrote: +1

Definitely recommend GLA over CLA for a family. Either GLA 250 or GLA AMG would be nice. My chiropractor has GLA250 in red color and it looks gorgeous.
Also forgot to mention, there isn't a huge price difference either between the CLA/GLA, I think around $2,000? GLA AMG is definitely the one I'd go for from the Benz line up, especially given the new one that's gonna have 376 HP and 350 lb.ft torque. There's also an option for variable exhaust, so it's relatively quiet if you're not WOT around town (good for your wife) but snarls and pops when you press the exhaust button.
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Not to complicate things too much for the OP, but got family duties, isn't a B250 better? Great space inside given its footprint, 4Matic available this year. Around the same price (or less?) than a CLA. Much much more practical car.
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I sat in a CLA45 top spec with aluminum trim seats, feels extremely sporty and interior looks really good, better than C400 interior for similar price
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Spyd3r wrote: You could wait for 2016 Lexus IS200T
Too bad it still has those ugly headlights. They could have at least made it more like the Lexus RC which has headlights that look slightly better.
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