Mercedes CLA45 AMG
Drivers and Mercedes Benz enthusiasts have loved the CLA-Class of compact luxury cars since its beginnings in 2013. The Mercedes CLA45 AMG deserves special recognition within the class and among all Mercedes cars. It is the high-performance companion to the CLA-Class and has been given special attention in engineering and design from the AMG division of Mercedes.
What makes this model stand out from the rest of the class, other Mercedes vehicles and competitor brands of luxury cars? The AMG division's attention to detail is a huge pull for enthusiasts and high-end buyers alike. Its powerful engine and performance coupled with Mercedes AMG style luxury interior design also attract drivers who want the best of all worlds.
What Comes With the AMG Name?
The AMG title on a Mercedes typically means better performance, better handling and more aggressive looks than mainline Mercedes vehicles. The CLA45 AMG is no exception. It features the AMG-engineered M133 engine and AMG sports suspension system. The AMG division continues to use its "one man, one engine" building system. Every AMG engine is built from start to finish by one person and is stamped with their name.
While the CLA45 is technically a four-door sedan, its styling is more like a coupe. The AMG design features a low roofline, vertical-bar Panamericana grille and 19-inch wheels and makes it feel more like a powerful, aggressive coupe rather than a sedan. In the eyes of some drives, the CLA45 AMG might be considered an entry-level Mercedes. With the influence and power of its AMG features, it's anything but.
Under the Hood
The AMG M133 engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-scroll turbocharged engine. It produces an incredible 382 horsepower and 354 lb-ft of torque. This power keeps its 0-to-60 time around four seconds, incredibly fast for a four-door vehicle in this class. Holding the CLA45 AMG to the ground is the Mercedes 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system, which allows fantastic handling and acceleration. The transmission is governed by the SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed system with paddle shifters on the steering column.
Mercedes Benz Luxury
AMG is known for the fine details in their cars, especially in the interior. From the advanced AMG steering wheel to the turbine-style air vents, the interior of the CLA45 AMG is stunning to behold. The dual 10.25-inch screens fit with the high-tech aesthetic of the cabin and the MB-Tex upholstery feels very similar to real leather. Being a more compact car, most drivers and passengers will notice that the CLA45 AMG cabin is much smaller compared to the C-Class.
CLA45 AMG Maintenance
As with all luxury vehicles, owners will often find themselves paying out the nose for maintenance of their CLA45 AMG. While the maintenance package sold with the car will cover many problems, owners are sure to encounter some surprises along the way. The AMG-engineered products have great benefits, but their small production scale can make replacing them an expensive nightmare. CLA45 AMG owners should turn to PartsGeek.com for affordable alternatives to the parts sold by dealerships and big box stores at expensive markups.