Mercedes CLA review - Reliability and safety
Reliability and safety are largely untested, but the CLA is packed with clever safety kit
The CLA is closely related to the A-Class hatchback and as such comes fully loaded with safety kit. All cars get autonomous emergency braking, lane keep assist, a driver attention monitor and cruise control as standard, with traffic sign recognition, parking assistance and blind spot assistance added as you climb the range. The optional Driving Assistance pack can be added to AMG Line Premium Plus cars and costs around £1,500, adding a full suite of up-to-date active safety and driver assistance systems, adding features like adaptive cruise, lane-change assist and evasive steering assistance.
Euro NCAP awarded the CLA a top five-star rating in 2019, with an outstanding 96 per cent score for occupant protection and 91 per cent achieved for child safety.
The latest A-Class finished a credible 36th out of 75 cars in our latest 2020 Driver Power customer survey, but Mercedes itself achieved a disappointing 28th-place in a group of 30 manufacturers. High running costs across the range were a particular cause of concern for customers.
As with every new Mercedes, the CLA comes with a three-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and roadside assistance that’s valid across Europe. This matches those offered by Audi and BMW.
Mercedes offers flexible servicing payment options on all its cars under the ServiceCare banner. As with many other manufacturer schemes, this allows you to spread the cost of servicing over monthly payments, or pay for all your car’s servicing requirements in one go. Mercedes’ scheme is comprehensive and can be customised depending on your car’s use and mileage.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe Mercedes CLA is the best-looking, best-driving version of the A-Class family – but outright practicality is sacrificed
- 2Engines, performance and driveThe Mercedes CLA uses a wider track than the A-Class, but the differences to the car’s handling are marginal
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsA wide range of engines means there’s a balance of performance and economy to suit most buyers
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe latest Mercedes CLA sets a high benchmark for interior tech, fit and finish
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe CLA Coupe is a little more compromised than its hatchback and Saloon siblings; choose the Shooting Brake if you need space
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingReliability and safety are largely untested, but the CLA is packed with clever safety kit