Used Mercedes CLA (Mk1, 2013-2019) review - What should you look out for?

Not great results in our Driver Power satisfaction surveys, although the CLA scores on safety kit

The CLA shares its underpinnings with the previous version of the Mercedes A-Class, a car that dates back to the end of 2011, so any teething troubles with common components should have been ironed out by now. That said, Mercedes scores poorly in our Driver Power satisfaction surveys, while the CLA isn’t without its faults.

Common used Mercedes CLA problems

Badges

Before the facelift in July 2016, diesel CLAs were given a CDI badge. After that cars were sold as 180 d, 200 d and 220 d.

Punctures

All examples of the CLA come with a tyre sealant kit rather than a spare wheel of any size – the latter isn’t even an optional extra. 

Wheels

18-inch wheels provide as firm a ride as you’re likely to want; the optional 19-inch alloys and sport suspension really are too firm for comfort. 

Fuel filler

Make sure the filler flap opens as it should. Reports of faulty solenoids and caps that get stuck shut are not unknown.

Recalls

The CLA has been subject to 25 recalls, most of which also affected other Mercedes. The first two came in July 2014 for loose seatbelt anchors and faulty airbags; the most recent was in February 2019 for calibration of seat sensors for the airbags and belts. In between came recalls for faulty driveshafts, brake servo errors and much more, so do check any potential purchase is up to date.

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