LIKE A CLA45, BUT NOT: CLA35 DRIVEN

Motor (Australia) - - FIRST AUSSIE DRIVE | MERCEDES-AMG CLA45 S -

MERCEDES-AMG was smart to cre­ate a new en­try level be­low the ‘45’ as its price in­creased, but is the CLA35 (or even A35) likely to pro­vide a more toned­down ver­sion of the ex­pe­ri­ence CLA45 own­ers will get? In terms of style and out­right speed, the CLA35 isn’t far off the mark. It’ll still nail 100km/h in less than five sec­onds, and it looks al­most as good as the 45. But when it comes to dy­nam­ics, the 35 lacks the cheeky rear-bi­ased feel of the 45. Us­ing a Haldex-based 4MATIC sys­tem, the CLA35 prefers un­der­steer to the more ex­cit­ing al­ter­na­tive, and re­quires a bit more care to avoid that. It’s still a very ca­pa­ble thing, but the CLA45 pro­vides a much more thrilling ex­pe­ri­ence for the keen driver. Hav­ing said that, the CLA35 costs $85,500, so maybe the al­most-$26K dif­fer­ence will make your mind up for you.

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