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CLA 250e AMG Line Premium 4dr Tip Auto

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Fuel Type
Fuel Type Hybrid
Co2
Co2 22.00g/km
Transmission
Transmission Automatic
Top Speed
Top Speed 149mph

Standard Equipment

Technical Data

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Driver Convenience

  • 10.25 inch Instrument display with digital cockpit
  • 10.25 inch touchscreen media display
  • Acoustic ambient protection
  • Active lane keeping assist
  • Attention assist - Monitors steering behaviour and long journey fatigue
  • Bluetooth connection
  • Car wash mode
  • Cruise control with limiter
  • Direct steer system with speed sensitive power steering
  • DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport and Individual)
  • ECO start/stop function
  • Fluid level warning indicator for fuel, oil, coolant and washer fluid
  • Hard-disk navigation
  • Hey Mercedes Voice activation
  • Lamp failure indicator
  • MBUX augmented reality for navigation
  • Mercedes me connect including emergency call system, accident recovery, breakdown management and maintenance
  • Outside temperature gauge
  • Owners manual and service booklet in English
  • Pre-installation for remote and navigation services
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Monitoring
  • Pre-installation for Vehicle Setup
  • Pre-installation of private car share
  • Preinstallation for Mercedes Benz link
  • Radio aerial integrated into front and rear windshields
  • Service indicator (ASSYST)
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
  • Speed limit assist
  • Trip computer in multifunction display with current consumption indicator
  • Wireless charging

Entertainment

  • DAB digital radio tuner
  • MBUX multimedia system
  • Mercedes Benz advanced sound system (225 W) with 10 speakers, 1 central speaker, speakers on doors, a tweeter on door,one sub woofer + boost amplifier
  • USB (type C) ports (2) in stowage compartment and 1 in front of centre console

Exterior Features

  • Adaptive brake lights
  • AMG body styling with AMG front apron and rear apron and visible exhaust tailpipe in chrome trim elements
  • AMG bodystyling side skirts
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Chrome beltline strips
  • Chrome weather strip
  • Diamond radiator grille pins in chrome with silver painted louvres and chrome insert
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors with integrated LED indicators
  • EQ badging
  • Exhaust system with 2 Visible tailpipe trim elements and rear apron with trim in chrome
  • Headlamp assist automatic headlamp activation
  • Heated glass rear windscreen + timer control
  • High level LED third brake light
  • LED high performance headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lamp
  • Privacy glass with dark tinting on rear side windows and rear window
  • Rain sensing windscreen wipers with two sensitivity settings
  • Rear fog lamp
  • Window line trim strip in chrome

Interior Features

  • 3 Pin charging cable
  • 3 spoke flattened bottom nappa leather multifunction steering wheel with perforated leather in grip area
  • 40:20:40 split folding rear seats with backrest
  • Air conditioning - Two zone thermotronic luxury automatic climate control with display
  • Air vents with surround in silver chrome
  • Automatic child seat recognition sensor
  • Black roof lining
  • Brushed stainless steel sports pedals with rubber studs
  • Charging socket
  • Floor mats with stitched AMG lettering
  • Front centre armrest with stowage
  • Galvanished gear shift paddles on steering wheel
  • Heated front seats
  • Illuminated glove compartment stowage
  • Illuminated Mercedes benz door sills with Mercedes Benz lettering
  • Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
  • Interior mirror with black reading lamps and frameless
  • Luggage net on driver/front passenger seat backrest
  • Manually adjustable front seats
  • Manually height and reach adjustable steering column
  • Pre-entry climate control
  • Rear armrest with two integral cup holders for drinks
  • Rear head restraints
  • Sport seats with fixed head restraints
  • Stowage compartment in centre console with retractable cover
  • Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Touchpad on center console
  • Twin front cupholders
  • Two outer rear seat isofix and top tether child seat fixing points

Packs

  • Keyless go pack - CLA
  • Light and sight pack - CLA
  • Mirror pack - CLA
  • Parking package - CLA
  • Seat comfort pack - CLA

Safety

  • Active bonnet pedestrain safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet by 65mm
  • Active brake assist includes forward collision warning system with autonomous braking
  • Adaptive brake assist with hold function and hill start assist
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Black seat belts
  • Bonnet with power domes
  • Brake pad wear warning indicator
  • Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
  • Crash responsive emergency lighting
  • Driver and front passenger head and sidebags
  • Driver and front passenger windowbags
  • Drivers knee airbag
  • Dual stage driver and front passenger airbags
  • Electric parking brake
  • Electronic stability programme with acceleration skid control
  • ESP curve dynamic assist
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • Perforated front brake discs
  • Radar-based recuperation
  • Three point rear seat belts
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Remote central locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
  • Urban guard vehicle protection system with immobiliser and interior protection

Technical

  • 4m charging cable for wall box/charging stations
  • Comfort suspension
  • Rear axle multi-link

Trim

  • Light aluminium with longitudinal grain interior trim

Wheels

  • 18" 5 twin spoke design alloy wheels painted in titanium grey with high sheen finish
  • Summer tyres
  • Tirefit tyre sealant kit

Electric Vehicle Data

  • Battery Capacity % guaranteed under warranty
    70
  • Battery Capacity in kWh
    15.6
  • Battery Charge Slow kW
    7.4
  • Battery Charge Slow Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Slow Time (Minutes)
    330
  • Battery Charge Fast kW
    11
  • Battery Charge Fast Percentage
    10-100
  • Battery Charge Fast Time (Minutes)
    105
  • Battery Charge Rapid kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Rapid Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge kW
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Percentage
    Not Available
  • Battery Charge Super Charge Time (Minutes)
    Not Available
  • Battery Leased
    No
  • Battery Type
    Lithium-ion
  • Charging Port Location
    Right Side Rear
  • Coupler/Connector Type
    Type 2
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Mileage
    62000
  • Standard manufacturers Battery warranty - Years
    6
  • Usable Battery Capacity
    10.6
  • WLTP - AER (km) - Comb
    67
  • WLTP - AER (miles) - Comb
    42
  • WLTP - EC (kWh/100km) - Comb
    17.6
  • WLTP - EC (miles/kWh) - Comb
    3.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb
    13
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEH
    17.6
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (kWh/100km) - Comb - TEL
    11.7
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb
    4.8
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEH
    3.5
  • WLTP - EC AC Weighted (miles/kWh) - Comb - TEL
    5.3
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb
    71
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEH
    63
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (km) - Comb - TEL
    74
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb
    44
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEH
    39
  • WLTP - Equivalent AER (miles) - Comb - TEL
    46

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.096
  • HC
    0.016
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • Noise Level dB(A)
    65
  • NOx
    0.013
  • Particles
    0.0001
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6

Emissions - PHEV

  • WLTP - CO2 Weighted (g/km) - Comb
    22

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    1332
  • Compression Ratio
    10.6:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    4
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    72.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    81.4
  • Engine Layout
    FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Fuel Delivery
    TURBO DIRECT INJECTION
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    16
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No

Fuel Consumption - PHEV

  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Comb
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - High
    5.4
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Low
    8.5
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (l/100km) - Medium
    6.1
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Comb
    44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Extra High
    44.8
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - High
    52.3
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Low
    33.2
  • WLTP - FC Ch Sus (mpg) - Medium
    46.3
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (l/100km) - Comb
    1
  • WLTP - FC Weighted (mpg) - Comb
    282.5

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    1.3
  • Badge Power
    218
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    Not Available
  • Coin Series
    AMG Line Premium
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    36E
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years
    30
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years
    3
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    96
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    5
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    91
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    75
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    12
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15500
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    6.8
  • Engine Power - BHP
    218
  • Engine Power - KW
    160
  • Engine Power - RPM
    5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    332
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    45.9
  • Engine Torque - NM
    450
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1620
  • Top Speed
    149

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Rear
    225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    AMG 5 TWIN SPOKE
  • Wheel Type
    18" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1450
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4688
  • Wheelbase
    2729
  • Width
    1830
  • Width (including mirrors)
    1999

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    35
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2200
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    395
  • Max. Loading Weight
    480
  • Max. Roof Load
    100
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked
    1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked
    750
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1720
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    11.1

Coupe and Shooting Brake versions of Mercedes' trendy compact CLA model offer sophisticated plug-in tech. Jonathan Crouch takes a look...

Background

If you're looking at a trendy premium-badged compact saloon or estate, then you're probably also the kind of person who likes the ideas of futuristic electrification. Which is why the three key premium brand models competing in this segment, the Mercedes CLA, the BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe and the Audi A3 Saloon, have all been developed with it. It's the Mercedes we look at here, a car which, unlike its two arch-rivals, is additionally offered in an estate form, the 'Shooting Brake'. As well as its various conventional engines, the CLA is also available with clever PHEV tech in the form of the variant we look at here, the CLA 250e. The CLA 250e shares the same plug-in powertrain as the A-Class, the B-Class and the GLA crossover, a set-up that right now just happens to set the segment standard. But can it justify a significant price premium over the conventional petrol and diesel versions of this CLA? Let's take a look.

Driving Experience

Not long ago, before the advent of plug-in technology, the idea of a humble 1,332cc petrol engine somehow putting out as much as 218hp would have been quite startling but that's the system output of the CLA 250e. That figure combines the 150hp of this model's 1.33-litre powerplant with a 75kW electric motor linked to a 15.6kWh lithium-ion battery. These power sources collectively generate a pretty potent system pulling power figure of 450Nm. So, not surprisingly, performance is sprightly, 62mph dispatched in just 6.8s en route to 149mph. You have to have front wheel drive and an 8-speed 8G-DCT dual clutch auto transmission. Of most interest to a potential PHEV buyer though, will be this model's projected WLTP all-electric driving range - up to 42 miles. Obviously, you won't get anywhere near that figure if you regularly approach the quoted all-electric top speed of 87mph. An 'Electric' drive programme keeps the car in battery drive unless the accelerator pedal's kickdown function is used. In the 'Electric' programme, the energy recovery level can also be selected via paddles behind the steering wheel. The paddles on the steering wheel enable the selection of five different recuperation levels ('DAUTO', 'D+', 'D', 'D-' and 'D--'). The usual additional 'Comfort', 'ECO' and 'Sport' modes are also available. According to the given requirements, the driver is thus able to give priority to electric driving, place the emphasis on driving dynamics or give preference to combustion mode in order to save electric range, for example.

Design and Build

This CLA's PHEV set-up is all very cleverly packaged. An innovative exhaust system layout explains the need for a relatively minimal reduction in boot capacity compared with a conventionally-engined CLA four-door Coupe or Shooting Brake estate model. The exhaust ends in a centrally positioned outlet under the vehicle floor, with the rear silencer housed in the transmission tunnel. Integrating the fuel tank into the axle installation space creates additional room beneath the rear seats for the high-voltage battery. Otherwise, it's much as it would be in any other CLA. Visual differentiators as to this variant's plug-in status are limited to subtle badging. And inside, the cabin is unchanged, save for extra 'Electric' and 'Battery Level' menus in the MBUX infotainment system. In a CLA, you sit a little lower than you would in other compact Mercedes models, on black leather-stitched sports seats with integrated head restraints which position you lower in front of a race-style flat-bottomed nappa leather-trimmed steering wheel. And you're surrounded by premium touches; a glossy piano black-coated centre console that flows up into the dash; and intricately fashioned door cards filleted with aluminium and double-stitched hide panels. Luxury downsizers will love it. In standard spec, you get a couple of 7.0-inch infotainment screens - one in front of the driver for the instruments and a centre-dash one for the infotainment functions. Pay extra and you can have both these displays uprated to 10.3-inches in size. Fashion is the keynote here - which is why you access the rear through lovely frameless doors, just like a pricey CLS model in the next class up. Negotiate around the plunging roofline and get yourself inside though and it is a little surprising to find that despite this car being 9mm longer than a current W205 generation Mercedes C-Class saloon, it offers significantly less space for rearward passengers. Boot space is around 400 litres for the CLA Coupe 250e and around 445-litres for the Shooting Brake version. That's around 60-litres down on a conventionally-engined model.

Market and Model

Mercedes has priced this CLA 250e plug-in at about the same level as the top CLA diesel, the 190hp CLA 220d, which costs around £36,000. For trim, you'll need to choose one of the 'AMG Line' variants. There's 'AMG Line', 'AMG Line Premium' and 'AMG Line Premium Plus'. 'AMG Line' trim includes AMG alloy wheels of at least 18-inches in size, plus an AMG body styling kit. Inside, all variants get cool ambient lighting, a black roof liner, stainless steel sports pedals, AMG floor mats and a multi-function nappa leather-stitched sports steering wheel. Along with two-zone THERMOTRONIC air conditioning, a wireless 'phone charger, an auto-dimming rear view mirror, heated front seats, cruise control and a speed limiter. As usual with a Mercedes, there's also the 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system, which allows you to adjust throttle response, steering feel and gearshift timings to suit the way you want to drive. The real CLA cabin talking point though, is the clever 'MBUX' ('Mercedes-Benz User eXperience') multimedia infotainment system, which is controlled by two high resolution screens. With base 'AMG Line' trim, you get a 7-inch one for the instrument cluster and 10.25-inch touchscreen media display in the centre of the dash. The 'MBUX' system is built around the brand's 'Hey Mercedes' voice activation system, which you'll quickly find yourself using to operate many of the interior features. These include a six-speaker 100-watt DAB audio set-up, Bluetooth, 'Apple CarPlay/'Android Auto' smartphone-mirroring and a 'Live Traffic Information' feature that's free for the first three years of ownership.

Cost of Ownership

The 15.6kWh battery can be charged with AC or DC current via a socket located in the right-hand side wall of the vehicle. This CLA 250e can be charged at a 7.4kW wallbox with alternating current (AC) within 1 h 45 min from 10-100%. For direct-current (DC) charging at 24kW, the battery can be charged from 10-80% in around 25 minutes. Keep everything charged up and Mercedes reckons that 90% of regular commuting journeys can be completed without using the petrol engine. One important comfort feature is the pre-entry climate control prior to starting a journey, which reduces energy usage and can also be activated conveniently by smartphone. The quoted WLTP combined cycle fuel figure for the Coupe variant is 188mpg and WLTP CO2 emissions are rated between 31-35g/km. For the Shooting Brake estate variant, the figures are 177mpg and WLTP CO2 emissions are rated between 38-42g/km The MBUX infotainment system assists the driver in finding charging stations. Just start a search simply by saying "Hey Mercedes, find charging stations nearby". Via the 'Mercedes me Charge' system, drivers of this plug-in hybrid model can optionally obtain access to one of the world's largest charging networks, with over 300 different operators in Europe alone (municipalities, car parks, motorways, shopping centres, etc.). Thanks to navigation, Mercedes-Benz customers can find these stations easily and can gain convenient access to the charging stations via the Mercedes me Charge card, the Mercedes me App or directly from the car. No separate contracts are necessary for this: apart from simple authentication, customers benefit from an integrated payment function with simple billing after they have registered their payment method once. Each charging process is booked automatically. The individual charging processes are clearly listed in a monthly invoice.

Summary

If you're looking at a Mercedes CLA, then you'll probably have already adjusted to the idea of paying a premium for its fashionable design. In which case, finding a touch more to get the trendy plug-in tech offered by this CLA 250e variant might not be too much of an extra stretch. After all, there's lots to like here; superb refinement, clean emissions that lead to super-low BiK taxation and the appealing prospect of largely fuel-free commuting mileage. Even as it is, this CLA 250e could make more sense than a conventional diesel or petrol version of this model once you add up whole-life costs on a finance deal. The era of plug-in hybrid technology may be relatively short-lived - much of Europe plans to ban hybrid engines by 2035 - but right here, right now, it's the approach to electrification that makes most sense for an awful lot of buyers. But upfront costs need to be driven down if wider consumer uptake on PHEV models like this one is to be realised. If you don't mind paying the premium though, with a CLA 250e, you'll get a premium package in return.

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