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Just test dove the CLA 250 at my neighborhood dealership. They are putting a $2991 markup on the car right now! They said preorders are not getting charged the markup so that's kinda cool i guess.

Here's some pictures (non sports package) and my thoughts on the car. Got the keys to a base CLA and just played around with it. The car's exterior is beautiful! The mountain gray is a great color. Also Jupiter Red was amazing too. When I first got into it, i felt a little disappointed. It just did not seem like a luxury car to me. Granted it is only a $31k car, but I was expecting a more luxurious feel. The trim looks good and well styled, but honestly feels cheap to me. The area where usually the gear shifter is looks plasticy and empty. When i press on the stereo console area or the buttons on top where the light buttons are they feel cheap and creak as i press down on the plastic. The door lock thing on the door is made of some plastic and has a little notch (not smooth). Just seems cheap to me. Maybe I was expecting too much. I actually then looked in at a C250 and basically it has same plasticy materials in there.

As others said front seat is comfy and roomy. I was a little thrown by the big pillar making right turns and felt a little unsafe. The rear view is also pretty small. I took a pic so others can see. The back seats are strip down and an afterthought. Sitting up straight, my head touches the headliner (5'9"), but I don't really sit like that. Sitting my normal way slouching, I was fairly comfortable. There is nothing in the backseat other then seat belts and a 12v plugin. With the small windows when I was leaning back in the backseats, I felt a little claustrophobic because I can't look out the window unless i lean forward. The view is blocked by the slope. I understand the space is a compromise for the looks, so i'm ok with it.

I first road as a passenger in the backseat and was not feeling it at all. The couple test driving the car did not really like it either. Later, I test drove a red cla with premium package and pano and it was actually pretty fun. I thought it was fast enough and I felt it drove well. Gear shifting was fine, just have to get use to the placement. I'm not familiar with backup cams too much, but I felt it was laggy when switching to reverse.

All in all I wished I loved it, but I kinda have mixed feelings. I feel like the drive was good and the exterior definitely looks good, but luxury is lacking. Is250 luxury blows the merc out the water imo.


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Jupiter Red!
I took pic of the reg headlights vs bi-xenon. Take a gander. Bi-xenon definitely looks better.

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Thanks, good review!
 

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I was freaking out bout the gap as well along w everyone else but honestly I don't think it's too noticible or anywhere close to a deal breaker.
 
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