2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class: Costs, Facts and Figures

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz The CLA-Class is the most affordable coupe in the company’s lineup in the United States. Although it’s an entry-level Merc, the CLA comes in three trims, including the one with an AMG engine, and it’s undoubtedly one of four door coupes out there. . Buyers have the option to choose between front-wheel-drive and all-wheel-drive versions, while plenty of options are available to customize it to your own specifications.

Rivals include the likes of the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and Audi A3, meaning it’s a close battle between the three Germans as all of these entry-level four-door small cars pack a punch.

For 2022, the CLA coupe is more or less unchanged. Now, for its asking price, you can have more practical four-door sedans. But then, that’s not the purpose of a CLA. This small coupé will be ideal for young people and people who favor style and sportiness over comfort and practicality. And it’s quite evident in the way it’s designed and positioned in the market. The CLA Coupé is a suave, athletic and ambitious product.

Main characteristics
  • Coupe design
  • Feature packed
  • Performance
Characteristics
  • Motor: 2.0 liter / 4 cylinders in line / Turbo
  • Power : 221 hp at 5,500 rpm, 302 hp at 5,800-6,100 rpm
  • Torque: 258 lb-ft at 1,800-4,000 rpm, 295 lb-ft at 3,000-4,000 rpm
  • Transmission: Front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
  • Transmission: 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
Benefits
  • Entry level Mercedes
  • Suave design
  • AMG performance
The inconvenients
  • Not the most convenient
  • Expensive
  • AMG CLA 45 full fat not available in USA

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe: Engine and Transmission


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Mercedes ships the CLA to buyers in the United States in three trim levels: the CLA 250 Coupe, the CLA 250 4Matic Coupe, and the AMG CLA 35 Coupe. The first two trims form the mainstay of the CLA lineup. Both are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged gasoline engine, which develops 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. For power transmission duties, there is a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. As you might have guessed, the 4Matic means four-wheel drive in Mercedes parlance. And this is mainly the difference between the two CLA 250 versions – the standard version is FWD, while the 4Matic is equipped with all-wheel drive.


Both 250 versions can clock 0-60 mph in a claimed 6.3 seconds. The only difference between the two is in their fuel economy numbers. The FWD version can return 25 mpg (city) and 36 mpg (highway), while the 4Matic is slightly more thirsty with a claimed efficiency of 24 mpg (city) and 33 mpg (highway).

If you want more punch, you’ll be more than happy with the AMG derivative. Now, of course, the CLA 35 isn’t a full AMG like the CLA 45 (not available in the US, unfortunately). But despite that, it’s quite fast. Powered by a 2.0-liter turbo gasoline engine, this AMG version of the CLA develops 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to its seven-speed DCT gearbox and 4Matic all-wheel drive, the AMG CLA 35 coupé can reach 0 to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds. Mercedes hasn’t released fuel economy numbers for the AMG derivative in the US yet, but expect it to be a lot thirstier than the 250 versions.


All versions ride on coil springs and have multiple drive modes to alter steering, transmission and engine response. The AMG CLA 35 has the option of adding the AMG Drive Unit – a button on the steering wheel to quickly change modes – and the AMG Ride Control adaptive dampers. In addition, the AMG version receives an AMG sports suspension, an AMG sports exhaust and more powerful AMG brakes. A lowered suspension setup is also available instead of the “comfort” suspension in the regular CLA 250 versions. All versions come with 18-inch AMG designer wheels, while 19-inch wheels are available as an option.


Related: Here’s How The Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Compares To The Competition

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe interior and features


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Although the CLA Coupe is an entry-level Merc, there will be nothing cheap about it. The interior is jam-packed, and it’s a long list of standard features. Also expect the quality levels to be top notch. The dashboard layout is familiar with two screens sitting at the top, turbine-shaped air vents and a three-spoke Mercedes steering wheel. In CLA 250 models, you get four standard upholstery and two trim options. The AMG version receives two upholstery options and three trim options, including the special AMG aluminum design.


As standard, the CLA 250 models are equipped with two seven-inch screens – one touchscreen and the other functions as an instrument cluster. The AMG derivative gets two larger 10.25-inch screens with the same layout. Larger screens are available as an option on the Junior 250 models if you check the Premium package ($1,750).

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Standard features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, power front seats with 3-position memory, dual-zone climate control, cruise control, heated ORVMs, 64-color ambient lighting, remote engine start, and Moreover. You can also opt for the $1,300 multimedia package, which adds onboard navigation and speed limit assist. All models come with standard sport seats, though AMG buyers have the option to upgrade to form-fitting AMG performance seats as well as heated front seats for $3,270. Heated seats and ventilated front seats can be purchased separately for $950, and these are also available with CLA 250 trims. You can also get a heated steering wheel for $250. Surprisingly, the heated steering option is not available with the AMG version.


There are more options to choose from, including the Driver Assistance Package ($1,700) with a host of safety features and a 360-degree surround view system as well as a driver assist system. parking ($1,090). You can also add a dashcam in exchange for $200.

As far as space and practicality of the cabin are concerned, the CLA is best suited to young people. If you’re a family man or woman, your kids will probably complain about the CLA coupe’s narrow backseat. The sloping roofline can also make adults feel claustrophobic. The CLA’s 11.6 cubic feet of trunk space isn’t anything out of the ordinary either.

Related: Mercedes-Benz is scrapping the A-Class: 2022 model year is last for US buyers

2022 Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupe Costs


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The base CLA 250 Coupe starts at $39,250, while the CLA 250 4Matic commands a $2,000 premium for the all-wheel-drive system since it costs $41,250. The top-of-the-line AMG CLA 35 has a list price of $48,950.

As we’ve already mentioned above, there are plenty of optional extras available with each model, meaning you can stow gear worth over $10,000 if your pocket allows.


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