LIKE A CLA45, BUT NOT: CLA35 DRIVEN
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.