11 March 2015

CLA estate here soon

The New CLS Shooting Brake from Mercedes-Benz will be here within weeks, writes Trish Whelan.

Styled as a coupe, but with all the functional attributes of an estate car, its visual appeal echoes that of the larger CLS Shooting Brake.

Inside, headroom is slightly higher than in the normal four-door version. The load compartment capacity extends from 495 to 1,354 litres.

As well as the entry level version, the CLA Shooting Brake will be available in two additional equipment lines - Urban and AMG.

Five Euro 6-compliant engines are available initially - two diesels and three petrols. All come with ECO start/stop function. Diesels include a 2.2-litre, 136hp CLA 200 delivering 4.1 L/100km fuel consumption,(priced from €36,125). A 2.2, 177hp CLA220 Automatic with 4.01 L/100kms consumption (€40,195). Both are in Band A3 of €190 in annual road tax.

Petrols start with a 1.6, 122hp CLA180 with 5.5 L/100km consumption. Next comes a 1.6, 156hp CLA200 with 5.6 L/100km consumption and in Band B1 of €270. The third is a 2.0, 211hp CLA250 returning 5.5 L/100km. All three are in Band B1 of €270 in annual road tax.

Safety features include a drowsiness detection system, and Collision Prevention Assist - where the braking system triggers automatically when a risk of collision is detected.

Ciaran Allen, sales manager for Mercedes-Benz passenger cars said this car fills an important niche amongst that expanding segment of the market whose preference is for a car that has load-carrying capacity and more scope for an active life.

CLA Shooting Brake interior