Once again Mercedes Benz has come up with another winner with the introduction of the 2015 Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake.
Just like the CLA sedan and A-Class hatchback the CLA Shooting Brake is more than likely to be a success for the German importer in Australia.
When it hits dealer showrooms this month the Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake will be available with the choice of one diesel and three petrol engines, the CLA 250 and CLA 45 AMG both get the 4MATIC all wheel drive system.
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake Overview
Just like the CLA sedan was new territory for Mercedes Benz the CLA Shooting Brake is also a first the company – a small car estate.
Following the successful formula that Mercedes Benz created with the CLA and A-Class the CLA Shooting Brake follows a well-worn pattern.
2015 CLA Shooting Brake Line-up
|CLA 200 Shooting Brake||$52,400|
|CLA200 CDI Shooting Brake||$52,900|
|CLA250 Sport 4Matic Shooting Brake||$66,400|
|CLA45 AMG 4Matic Shooting Brake||$89,900|
The CLA 200 and CLA 200 CDI come with 18-inch 5 twin-spoke alloy wheels, Sports seats in ARTICO, Bi-xenon fixed headlamps, KEYLESS Start, Blind Spot Assist, EASY-PACK Tailgate, Designer Boot Rails, Garmin navigation.
The CLA 250 Sport adds 18-inch AMG 5 spoke alloy wheels, sports seats in RED CUT leather, intelligent light system, and panoramic electric sunroof.
The range topping CLA 45 AMG gains 19-inch AMG multi-spoke alloy wheels, AMG performance seat in RED CUT leather and COMAND APS navigation.
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake Engine
Entry to wagon is via the CLA200 that gets a 1.6-litre petrol engine producing 115kW and 250Nm, it can sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.8 seconds and has a claimed fuel economy of 5.7 litres per 100km.
Next up is the CLA200 CDI powered by a 2.1-litre turbo diesel engine capable of 100kW/300Nm, it uses 4.3L/100km and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 9.9 seconds.
Moving in to the sportier models the CLA250 Sport 4Matic comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol four-cylinder boasting 155kW and 350Nm, the 0-100km/h is 6.8 seconds and fuel use is 6.9L/100km.
The hero model is the CLA45 AMG 4Matic that makes 265kW and 450Nm, and sprints from 0-100km/h in 4.7 seconds, fuel usage is rated at 7.2/100km.
All engines come with start/stop technology and are matched to a DCT 7-speed automatic transmission.
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake Interior
Inside the CLA Shooting Brake shows Mercedes Benz at its best. We have their hallmark steering wheels (sporty Alcantara on the CLA 45 AMG), clear and easy to read instrumentation, firm and supportive sports seats.
Like a lot of modern cars these days there is a central 14.7cm TFT screen that is used for navigation and other multiple media functions including reversing camera. The six-speaker audio system and telephone dials are dated and need to be shown the door.
Across the range you get the traditional Benz’ touches like door-mounted electronic seat adjustment controls, stalk-mounted gear lever (except CLA 45, which has a traditional gear lever) and stalk mounted cruise control.
The rear doors offer even easier access to the rear seats thanks to the larger door openings, once inside taller folks will appreciate the additional 4cm of rear headroom.
Access to the boot is via an electric tailgate where luggage capacity ranges from 495 seats in place to 1354 litres with the rear bench seat folded down. Those who need additional luggage space with the rear seats in place can add the optional cargo rear seats that adds an additional 100 litres of space by positioning the rear seats in a more upright position.
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake Exterior
The CLA Shooting Brake measures 4630mm in length, 1777mm wide and 1435mm high, which makes it the same length as the 4-door sedan.
The CLA Shooting Brake is identical to the sedan from the B-pillar forward but the changes to from the B-pillar only add an additional 25-litres of luggage space when the seats are in place.
The front of the CLA Shooting Brakes sees the latest Mercedes-Benz grille, strong lines for the bonnet and those family looking headlights with in-built LED DRLs. Just like the sedan there is three prominent sculpture lines which give that purposeful/sporty look.
At the rear there is no traditional C or D-pillars like in conventional wagons but a stunningly stretched and curved B-pillars that gives that distinctive shooting brake look.
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake On the Road
Carshowroom.com.au drove all four the 2015 CLA Shooting Brake variants on the out skirts of Melbourne.
Drive is to the front wheels on the CLA 200’s whilst the 250 and 45 AMG have drive to all four wheels.
Steering is firm and the feedback provided is a little on the light side, however the AMG Sport speed-sensitive steering on the CLA 45 AMG offers a greater sense of feedback.
Driving both the CLA250 Sport and CLA 45 AMG the engines provide a soundtrack that we could listen to all day long. Yes the CLA250 Sport is not as punchy the CLA 45 AMG but offers a similar level of performance with $23,500 saving.
The entire range offers a well-insulated cabin, with wind and road noise being kept to a minimum.
The CLA runs the McPherson strut/multilink rear suspension, the CLA Shooting Brake 45 AMG version gets its own AMG tuned sports suspension and driver-select drive modes (ECO, Comfort and Sport). Select the ‘Sports’ mode and you can definitely notice things tighten up and become more responsive.
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake Issues
The luggage capacity with seats in place in nothing to crow about and the boot opening is very tiny.
The radio controls and telephone interface below the multimedia screen looks a little out of date.
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake Verdict
CarShowroom.com.au is sure the CLA Shooting Brake won’t be the last niche that Mercedes Benz dream up and cash in on. Just like the A-Class, B-Class, GLA- and CLA-Classes that also share similar underpinnings the CLA Shooting Brake will deliver a generation of new buyers to the brand.
The CLA Shooting Brake demonstrates that when you are on top of your game like Mercedes-Benz is, you deliver a standout car that will appeal. We have no doubt that CLA Shooting Brake will be a success.
Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake Competition
Mercedes Benz has always had the ability to create a niche segment and the Mercedes Benz CLA Shooting Brake is almost a niche within a niche, so finding direct rivals are few and far between.
The donor car for the CLA Shooting Brake is the A-Class, which is cheaper and only has 200-litres less luggage space with seats folded. Starting at $41,800 for the A200 petrol and A45 AMG is $13,300 cheaper at $75,700.
If it’s a wagon you are after then the Volkswagen Golf Estate might provide amble practically but with out the ‘Benz cachet. The 90TSI Comfortline starts at $29,690 but the real competitor will arrive later this year in the form of the Golf Wagon R estate that we are expecting to be priced under $60,000.
The Volvo V60 also offers the practicality of an estate with the option to have performance-based choice. The Volvo V60 kicks off from $55,890 for the T5 Kinetic and the performance based Volvo V60 Polestar is priced from $102,990.