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by Tim Beissmann

The Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class sedan will start almost $15K higher than its A-Class sister car when it arrives in showrooms in October.

The local division has confirmed a $49,900 price tag for the entry-level Mercedes-Benz CLA200, making it $14,300 more than the less-powerful A180 base model hatch and $9000 pricier than the mechanically identical A200, though Mercedes-Benz Australia points out the difference between the latter is only $4000 when equally specified.

The $63,400 CLA250 Sport sits in the middle of the petrol-only CLA-Class range that is topped by the brawny CLA45 AMG at $86,900. The CLA250 Sport commands a $13,500 premium over its five-door equivalent, while the four-door AMG is $12K more than the A45 AMG hot-hatch.

Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Edition 1, (C117), 2012

Standard equipment highlights across the CLA-Class range include 18-inch alloy wheels, climate control, satellite navigation and a reversing camera.

The CLA250 Sport is distinguished by its silver studded grille, intelligent light system, AMG alloys and AMG tuned suspension, while its cabin benefits from a sports steering wheel and sports pedals, heated electric leather sports seats and AMG styling features.

The flagship CLA45 AMG adds the AMG driver’s package, AMG night package, AMG performance steering wheel, COMAND navigation system and Harmon Kardon surround sound.


Standard safety features include collision prevention, blind spot assist, pre-safe, attention assist and an active bonnet. The hot sedan also adds distronic plus and lane keeping assist.

The CLA200 is powered by a 115kW/250Nm 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that uses a claimed 5.7 litres per 100km on the combined cycle.

The CLA250 Sport gets a larger 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder with 155kW of power and 350Nm of torque, while the CLA45 AMG produces 265kW and 450Nm and distributes it to all four wheels, helping it sprint from 0-100km/h in 4.6 seconds.

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class manufacturer’s list prices:

  • CLA200 – $49,900
  • CLA250 Sport – $63,400
  • CLA45 AMG – $86,900