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2020 CLA 250 4Matic: Best Affordable Entry Level Mercedes

Would you rather have a fully loaded car from a non luxury brand or a base model luxury car. If your choice is a best model from a luxury brand, than look at the 2020 Mercedes CLA 250 4Matic. The 2020 CLA 250 is probably the best affordable entry level Mercedes.


If you look online at the 2020 CLA 250's build option you will see some really cool packages like the intelligent drive package for a reasonable price. I recently got my hands on the 2020 CLA 250 4Matic and had a very good experience driving it for a week.

Mercedes 2020 CLA 250 4MATIC Front

Keep in mind that the 2020 CLA is a total redesign with tons of tech but it’s still an entry level Mercedes. However, it is much better than the previous generation CLA.

The dash looks so good, isn't it. I read in Mercedes forums that people go for a C300, but can't resist the interior of the CLA 250. Also, apparently the C is going to get an upgrade only in 2022.

Mercedes 2020 CLA 250 4MATIC front interior and dash

A couple of years ago, apparently people gave the CLA a bad name for trying to be what it isn't, but as you can see today, it turned out to be a great entry level Mercedes.

People, who have owned an older version of CLA, such as 2018, say they feel their interior felt somewhat cheap, but the new 2020 CLA 250 interior as you can see feels very premium. All the materials feel great and high quality. The buttons and the touch screen have a really nice click to them and feel like are made from high quality materials.

2020 CLA 250 4MATIC's Pricing and MPG

The suggested MSRP of the 2020 CLA 250 4MATIC starts at $38,650. However, if you add all the available options, it will go up to $57,665. The city highway combined mileage is 27 MPG. The City alone is 23MP while the highway is 33 MPG. The annual average fuel cost is $1,800 and you will spend $1,500 more in fuel costs over 5 years compared to the average new vehicle.

What characterizes the 2020 CLA 250 4MATIC

The CLA is a low sedan. On the exterior it displays tight lines, which makes it a very original compact. The CLA 250 has a very sober and sporty look.

Under the hood the 2020 CLA 250 has a 2.0 inline turbo engine with 221 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. This CLA advances rather quickly and serenely, including with the four-wheel drive. All of this is exclusively associated with a seven-speed transmission.

The new CLA 250 has a very able chassis. Despite weighing over a ton and a half and the presence of an all-wheel drive, this sporty-looking CLA reveals an agile, healthy and dynamic handling behavior, specific to all CLA and models based on the recent MFA “2” platform.

Mercedes 2020 CLA 250 4MATIC side view yellow color

The CLA 2020 comes with the latest version of the MBUX (Mercedes-Benz User Experience). For the first time in its history, the model offers a semi-autonomous driving mode in certain situations, in particular thanks to adaptive cruise control, active lane keeping control, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic, as well as autonomous emergency braking.

Mercedes 2020 CLA 250 4MATIC rear seat

My verdict is that the Mercedes 2020 CLA 250 4MATIC is a very efficient vehicle and discreet. This CLA 250 offers a good, but expensive, compromise between sport and comfort.

Armen Hareyan is the founder and the Editor in Chief of Torque News. He founded in 2010, which since then has been publishing expert news and analysis about the automotive industry. He can be reached at Torque News Twitter, Facebok, Linkedin and Youtube.