Well, it dose have a little turbo lag off the start...that I feel all MB do. But, over all the pickup is nice. When diving the car it responds quick, and get up nice! Also as it's the first FWD MB the torque steer is not bad. On the HP .....the 208HP moves the car very good! My wife has a C250 180HP and the CLA is 208HP and about a 1,000 pound lighter then the C class and feels ilke a little rocket....and the AMG that is just a BEAST!Nicee !!! How is the pick-up ??? I am very curious about it, as the horsepower is not that great when compared to other car's .... I'm kinda worried .. does it respond quick??