Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, USA
The car arrived right in the middle of a very busy time of the year, so I still haven't mastered the phone and navigation yet. I've driven it only about 500 miles, including a 250 mile mostly highway round trip and got only 33.5 mpg, on Eco mode. Hope this improves. The car looks and drives awesome, and I love the white/Ash MBTex combo.
Some early initial observations:
With the pan sunroof, you lose the sunglass holder and passenger assist handles overhead. The glove box is miniscule.
The radio has only 10 presets for XM, and reverts back to the first set station as a default each time rather than staying where it was previously set.
When on the phone, the screen does not return automatically to the prior display of audio or nav. after a call.
Lots of water, mud, etc. gets under the doors onto the lower sill when driving in bad weather. There are no leaks, however, but it means wiping it off frequently if you don't want to see this, which is worse with a white car. No big deal however.
Where are the front fog lamps on the exterior? The controls are there as is the rear fog lamp, but I don't see anything activated up front.
It's annoying reading the manuals and finding it was written generically with references to items not found on US CLA models, and sometime not even for CLA's.
The car really would benefit aesthetically with black window trim rather than chrome, and maybe also on the rear roof of cars with pan sunroof.
The standard 17" wheels look better than what I expected. I was reluctant to get the 18" ones because of the summer tires. It's bad enough not having a spare. Road noise is not so bad, but the ride is definitely hard. No wind noise, however.
The seats are awesome.
I'll be driving the car from Delaware to Florida on New Years, and am looking forward to the experience and learning more about it's operation and character.
Last edited by bobthebeachbum; 12-23-2013 at 12:24 PM.