Mercedes AMG CLA35

Mercedes AMG CLA35

model. 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35
price. $46,900
as tested. $58,000 (with options)
seating/style. 5-passenger sedan
powertrain. 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder, 302 horsepower
transmission. 7-speed dual-clutch automatic
driveline. FWD or AWD
fuel economy. 23/29/25 city/highway/combined (FWD)
available. now
also shop: BMW 3-Series, Audi S4, Infiniti Q50

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 combines the beauty, elegance, and style of a luxury sedan with the performance and handling of a sports car. That might not sound like a tough thing to pull off, but it’s akin to perfectly blending sugar and salt. Mercedes checks all the luxury car boxes with elegant exterior styling and upscale materials including leather and metal trims with just enough visual punch without going so far as to become garish or ostentatious.

Next comes the sports car part of the equation, which includes a long hood and wide haunches that let you know what to expect before you even open the door. Take a seat and you’ll find your expectations met with power coming from an AMG-enhanced 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 302 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque. That engine rewards you with quick power delivery and no hesitation under hard acceleration.

Where the balance comes is in ensuring power is delivered smoothly without any harshness and Mercedes succeeds on this front. Handling is crisp without being overly taxing letting the driver and lucky passengers simply lean back, grab some salted caramel popcorn, and enjoy a spirited drive. ~ Text by Nicole Wakelin, photos courtesy of Mercedes-AMG

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