With its coupelike styling and relative affordability, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class will appeal to buyers looking to upgrade to a luxury brand. However, rear seat space, transmission, ride quality should give you a pause. According to our investigation, its date of release should be expected around August 2021.
Its success pillars are built on a fiery AMG-model performance, commendable handling and power, and an affordable window sticker for a luxury-car status.
Known for its affordability, the new CLA-Class continues to offer many people a chance to own a new luxury sedan with a Mercedes nameplate. However, its price has continued to increase despite an initial MSRP offering starting below $30,000. This has put its affordability in question considering the price competition fresher and newer models come with. But considering this is a Mercedes-Benz which to many symbolizes a sense of uniqueness, reliability, and performance, its rivals in its price range pose little or no threat.
Although the CLA-Class makes considerable concessions in certain areas in order to remain in the same price range, it still ride, feels, and appeals like an authentic luxury sedan. The CLA250 model for instance offers user-friendly ergonomics, a serene cabin, performance dynamics, and impressive fuel consumption ratings. Also, there is the AMG CLA45 model which comes with a standard AWD system, a blistering acceleration, revised transmission gear ratios, and eye-popping 375 hp and 350 lbs. ft. of torque.
While the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class will still attract a significant sales figure, other alternatives in the segment offer a functional and practical appeal for the money. Some concerns you should be worried about the CLA-Class include a cramped rear seat, potentially harsh ride quality, sluggish throttle response and unrefined transmission, and limited rear visibility.
Are you ready to live with that? If not, there are some pretty good alternatives you should consider. They include the 2021 Audi A3, the 2021 Acura TLX, the 2021 BMW M235i, 2021 Audi S3, and 2021 Volkswagen GTI. Nevertheless, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class provides the prestige and style worth a tri-point star badge.
Trims Available – Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
The compact Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class 2021 luxury four door sedan is available in the top-of-the-range AMG CLA45, mid-trim CLA250 4Matic, and the base CLA250.
Interior Changes & 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Exterior Pictures
The base CLA250 comes standard with a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatic wipers, ambient interior lighting, an eight-way power driver seat, 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic climate control (dual-zone), a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and MB-Tex premium vinyl upholstery.
Electronic features include Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, a CD player, a media player interface, HD and satellite radio, mbrace2 emergency communications, a 7” central display, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio jack.
The only difference between the base CLA250 and the CLA250 4Matic is the latter’s exclusive standard all-wheel-drive system.
The AMG CLA45 comes equipped with a sport-tuned suspension system, a special seat upholstery, bi-xenon headlights, upgraded brakes, a more powerful engine, exterior and interior styling elements, LED daytime running lights, special AMG wheels, and upgraded brakes.
The Premium, Multimedia, and Driver Assistance packages optionally available for all CLAs includes heated front seats, a larger 8” central infotainment screen, keyless entry and ignition, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a navigation system, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure intervention, adaptive cruise control, satellite radio, and auto-dimming exterior mirrors. Also available for an extra are Sport, Night, Sport Plus, Interior, and AMG Dynamic packages.
Engine Specs – 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class
A four-cylinder turbocharged 2.0L engine rated at 208 horsepower and 258 lbs. ft. of torque comes equipped under the hood of the Benz CLA-Class for 2021. This output is routed to the front wheels via the seven-speed automated manual automated manual transmission system. The estimated fuel economy for the FWD model as per EPA are 26/38/30 mpg in the city/highway/combined, and 24/33/27 mpg for the CLA250 4Matic model.
Next up, the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-CLA45 comes with a more agile version of the above engine – rated at 375 hp and 350 lbs. ft. of torque. According to Mercedes, this model should be able to sprint to 60 mph in just under 4.7 seconds.
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Price & Release Date
August 2021 is the estimated time for its release according to various speculative online sources. The window sticker for the 2021 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class features – “MSRP starting from $32,050 for the sedan, and $49,500 for the AMG CLA45 model.”