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    Not so great review from Top Gear

    For those interested in Top Gear's opinion of the 220 CDI Sport:

    First Drive: new Mercedes CLA - BBC Top Gear

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    I read the review and I definitely think they expect too much of the engine and transmission. They mention nothing of the price point of this car vs. the cars they are comparing it to (ie, 8 speed transmission VW's and BMW's).

    I can't disagree more with their assessment of the looks of the vehicle from the side.

    All in all, the article is short on any type of substance and just seems to fault the car for the tranny and anemic engine. This isn't a performance car and I realize that, so I don't expect it to be.

    They didn't mention anything about the interior at all?

    I hope they do a more thorough review.

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    Oh, forgot to mention -- thanks for the post Nick, good find

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Chorizo View Post
    All in all, the article is short on any type of substance and just seems to fault the car for the tranny and anemic engine. This isn't a performance car and I realize that, so I don't expect it to be.
    I agree. The review was way too short and smacked of a work product that was hastily put together.

    I can appreciate that Top Gear would be all about performance as that's their thing, but some feedback on how they found the interior would also help.

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    The good news... I'm not getting a CLA220CDI, I'm getting a CLA250!

    Very weak'sauce review, admittledly!
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    Today's Autocar also suitably unimpressed....
    Top Gear are too biased to rich man's toys, and are usually unfair to the general market motors, this car 'fits' middle management fed up with BMW quality issues (me!!lol) and wives of the middle classes, plus those who want fast but not big, however they never cease to trivalise this key sector.

    The Autocar report is ok; 3.5 / 5 stars, knocking the rear seating and rear view - probably fair comments!!

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    Bagging on the looks? That is totally subjective, there will be plenty of people that love the aesthetics. The tranny performance is something I will judge for myself. A lot of times these things are grossly exaggerated. The CLA is not a high performance MBZ for crying out loud, lets not expect it to perform like one.

    I take reviews (good and bad) with a grain of salt.

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    It's funny how some comments would never fly in the USA.... "CLA does 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds. PERFECTLY RESPECTABLE NUMBERS."

    Granted, I understand it's a diesel, but slow is slow.

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    They say that colors make a big difference, but they don't say how so? Which colors make it look good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeyO View Post
    It's funny how some comments would never fly in the USA.... "CLA does 0-62mph in 8.2 seconds. PERFECTLY RESPECTABLE NUMBERS."

    Granted, I understand it's a diesel, but slow is slow.
    They are used to slower vehicles there because gas mileage is much more important.

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