2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA AMG road test and review.
If you hand over 90 thousand of your precious dollars on a car, a means of getting from A to B, chances are you will want it to make you feel special every time you go near it. That car needs to have a grand sense of occasion.
If your 90 thousand hard earned has been exchanged for a 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG Shooting Brake, then fear not. The sense of occasion that comes with this vehicle is of epic proportions!
First there’s the look of the thing. You might just find yourself gazing for longer than is strictly necessary at that aggressive face; checking out the minimalist chrome and matt black grille, or taking a second or third glance at the swooping lines of the side profile!
Open the door, check out the cabin. This space has such a sense of drama, it’s almost theatrical. Beautiful circular dials and air vents. Black upholstery with contrasting red stitching, red seat belts, a chunky purposeful steering wheel, flappy paddles at the ready. How about that flat rectangular monolith rising from the dash… oh wait, that’s the infotainment screen. But it looks so crisp, it’s almost sculptural.
Start the motor.. the roar of the most powerful series-production 4 cylinder engine on the market is like nothing else.. guttural, menacing almost, and ready for action. The sound wasn’t quite what I was expecting, but again it has a real sense of occasion.
On the road, the fun really starts. It’s incredibly fast, that’s the only way of putting it… Can you think of another car that can match it off the line, or indeed around a winding track? I can’t, certainly not in this price range. The turbo does its thing with glorious ease, the transmission is fast and smooth, and there’s so much torque, it leaves you wondering whether this really is a 4 cylinder.
There is no doubt, the AMG badge is sought after. So much so, that a significant proportion of AMG buyers are new to the Mercedes-Benz brand. It’s aspirational, desirable, and has high recognition among the general public. And it is costly. But when it comes to a sense of occasion, the Mercedes-Benz CLA45 Shooting Brake AMG gives you lots of bang for your buck.
My colleague and Behind the Wheel’s resident boy racer Chris Miller spent some time with the AMG CLA45 Shooting brake….
I’d have to agree with everything Peter said, the AMG CLA45 Shooting Brake does have a real sense of occasion about it. The great thing is it goes as fast as it looks.
The numbers are staggering from what is the most powerful four-cylinder production engine ever built. 265kw and 450Nm equate to a 0-100km/h sprint in a blistering 4.6 seconds.
It also possesses astounding levels of grip thanks to an all-wheel drive system and sticky 35 Series Tyres
The seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox is lightning fast, it will blip the throttle as you come down through the gears when in sport mode, and you can take total manual control for even more fun.
I particularly loved the little flat bottom steering wheel with alcantara grips positioned at the meaty, sculptured flappy paddles.
It’s the attention to detail in this car that makes it so satisfying. Inside and out, under the bonnet and in the boot (which is brilliantly functional) there is nothing that has been overlooked, and it’s very hard to pick the origins of this car as a garden variety, $40,000 Mercedes-Benz A-Class hatch.
Yes, it’s expensive, but the explosive power, great looks and premium Mercedes-Benz finish make it worth every cent.
NUTS and BOLTS - 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLA 45 AMG
Engine: 2.0 litre turbo-petrol producing 265kW and 450Nm
Transmission: Seven-speed automatic (only)
Safety: Not tested
Warranty: Three years
Price: from $89,510