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The CLA is the least expensive Mercedes-Benz available, but its swoopy “four-door coupe” styling makes it one of the more stylish cars on the road. The CLA250 is powered by a turbocharged 208-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder that hooks up with a seven-speed automatic and either standard front- or optional all-wheel drive; a hot AMG model is reviewed separately. Steering is heavy and the ride can be harsh. The overall interior design is handsome, but the multimedia display looks tacked on—and tacky.
The CLA is the first front-drive Mercedes to appear in the American market. (A four-wheel-drive CLA will be available in early 2014.) As it turns out, this move from rear-drive is not the worst affront to tradition. The transversely mounted, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder is well matched to the car, its 208 horses enough to do the zero-to-60-mph chug in 6.3 seconds. The sole transmission, a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, shifts smoothly in standard mode, keeps the direct-injected engine ticking and buzzing along at higher revs in sport, and offers a manual mode for deploying the paddle shifters.
The CLA exhibits no trace of torque steer unless you really hammer it mid-turn, in which case it will overwhelm the front tires, even if they’re the optional summer performance Goodyear Eagle F1 Asymmetric 2s on 18-inch wheels ($500). The subsequent stability-control intervention is more of an event here than it is in a rear-drive Mercedes, but the CLA is a good handler overall, pulling 0.90 g on our skidpad. It also stops well, decelerating from 70 mph in 160 feet.
But those numbers don’t really reflect how the CLA drives. The typical light and fluid Mercedes steering feel is inverted, so rather than boosting assist to make a big car feel smaller, the CLA’s heavy helm stands in for more substance. Its on-center heft means the CLA tracks resolutely straight but feels isolated from the driver. Once you dial in some steering effort, the wheel is more playful, though feedback doesn’t improve much.