When the CLA45 went out of production, there was a gaping hole left in the Mercedes line-up, but now that gap has been filled – sort of. You see before, the CLA45 always seemed a little out of sorts, the engine was a little too raucous and shouty for a saloon, even one with a coupe roofline.
So this time Mercedes apparently won’t launch a new CLA45, but instead, we now have this – the CLA35 AMG. And you could win one!
Sharing the same running gear as the hugely popular A35 AMG it has 302bhp from the 2.0 litre turbocharged inline-4 and an impressive 400Nm of torque. The larger CLA body weighs a little more, so performance is dulled slightly – 0-62mph takes a smidge longer at 4.9 seconds but it’s still a quick car. The looks have certainly matured too, with a sleek nose with the modern Merc style leading to a lovely tapered rear end.
This is a popular car in the BOTB competition and we can see why!