I’ll spare you the suspense, because after driving the car
for about as long as you’ve been reading this review, it became crystal clear that this new CLA is no C-Class Sport Coupe. That car was sort of a cynical play to get a low advertised price that could lure folks into the showroom, where they might be talked upmarket. This one is all about meeting Euro CO2 and U.S. CAFE regulations. Mercedes needs people—a lot of new people
—to want this car, not one of the bigger ones into which salesmen of yore might reflexively have tried to upgrade them.