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    Hello - I just ordered my CLA. I did test drive it and loved it. However, I've been given lots of advice against getting a FWD Mercedes because it has not been proven, won't handle like other Mercedes' and would suffer from torque steer. I know most of the reviews have not had a problem with this, but I am wondering if any owners (who also own or have driven another Mercedes) feel that the CLA drives poorly comparatively and if it would be wise to hold out for a 4matic version. To me, I don't see any issue other than yes, it hasn't been proven, but it felt great to me.

    Thanks for any advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scottkusf View Post
    Hello - I just ordered my CLA. I did test drive it and loved it. However, I've been given lots of advice against getting a FWD Mercedes because it has not been proven, won't handle like other Mercedes' and would suffer from torque steer. I know most of the reviews have not had a problem with this, but I am wondering if any owners (who also own or have driven another Mercedes) feel that the CLA drives poorly comparatively and if it would be wise to hold out for a 4matic version. To me, I don't see any issue other than yes, it hasn't been proven, but it felt great to me.

    Thanks for any advice.
    First off, as you noted, the reviewers who have driven the car have remarked that it is very well balanced.
    Second, even on the 4Matic all wheel drive, most of the time the majority of the energy will be sent to the front wheels. The 4Matic setup will generally only go up to 50/50 split and that may be in traction control situations (ice, mud).
    Lastly, are you planning to take your car to the track? If not, no worries mate!
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    Have not experienced once in my CLA.

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    I haven't experienced it on my CLA either. The only issue I have is keeping traction on my front wheels when I "accidentally" hit the gas pedal a bit too hard. The only other 4matic vehicle I've driven is the C300 but that is a rwd-biased system which I believe is a 40/60 split, and I feel like the CLA has a more sportier feel on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aaronpatrick01 View Post
    I haven't experienced it on my CLA either. The only issue I have is keeping traction on my front wheels when I "accidentally" hit the gas pedal a bit too hard. The only other 4matic vehicle I've driven is the C300 but that is a rwd-biased system which I believe is a 40/60 split, and I feel like the CLA has a more sportier feel on the road.
    X2, when the turbo kicks in it spins the front wheels a bit much, especially from a standstill in sport mode

    I take corners at 40-50MPH and she handles just fine though.
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    At a risk of sounding condescending (which I am not being) and having test driven a CLA250 as well - I don't feel that the CLA250 has enough torque to really have a torque steering issue unless you really try to give it one.
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    If you've test driven it and you loved the way it drives, then you need not worry about concerns that other people raise unless it might apply to your day-to-day use of the car. For example, torque steer, even in average cars that have it, you have to accelerate pretty hard (relative to that vehicle) to experience it. Now, if in your day-to-day driving, you're a really hard accelerator, then I assume that's how you test drove the car - thus if you didn't notice it, then not much to worry about. Another example is handling, whether the CLA handles better or worse than its siblings, is likely irrelevant for most (not all, but most) day-to-day driving because it would take quite a bit to push the cars to its limits. That said, it is nice to have for those times when you do want to push the car a little harder; but the CLA handles very well anyways, so no need to worry.

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    I am amazed at the fact that I get no torque steer in my CLA. NONE! Granted I haven't pushed it on a track yet and won't until next year.

    I've had front drive cars for 35 years and have drive plenty of different models due to renting cars for business. This is by far the best front drive set up I've ever had the chance to drive. Handling is great.
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    Original Poster, to your friends I would say that there are plenty of FWD cars setup like the CLA with much more torque that don't torque steer. So why would the CLA be any different?

    Now if they were referring to the CLA45 with 330lbs of tq being FWD. It's understandable. But then again its a front bias, AWD. So their point is again moot.
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    Thank you everyone for your kind replies. This definitely helps, and since I won't be taking it to the track, I am more confident in buying the car. My only concern with it is the problem people have been having of the car shutting down randomly while driving. I'm hoping this is solved by updated software as mine is currently being built.

    Thank you again!

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