The Volvo is quicker, quieter and better organized than the CLA...there, I said it. Seriously though, the Mercedes interior is far too cluttered and constraining, especially with the low roof line and the awkward half-tablet-rotary-powered display. While the CLA shares a similar platform as the A-Class hatchback, it still tries to present itself as a niche-looking luxury car. If I'm going to get a compact vehicle I don't want to know that it's compact while I'm driving it. If I'm going to get a compact vehicle, I'm going to get one that is very much aware that it is a compact vehicle: the Volvo V40.