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On The Fence...

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Well I really do like the CLA but I still haven't pulled the trigger yet...but to make this decision harder...the new 2015 C-Class is just around the corner. If they weren't re-doing the C-Class then I would go with the CLA easily...but I must admit that C-Class is here I sit....sleepless in Las Vegas...:confused:
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Personally I like the current more aggressive look of the C-class now than the upcoming C-class. If I was in the market for a regular Merc, I'd wait for the new C and then buy the old C on the cheap. I don't buy cars for resale value, so that factors little in my mind. I suspect though, that when the new C comes out, to get a well loaded one you're probably going to be into the current E prices. By that light, if you need space in the back, it may be better to wait for 2015 and buy a 2014 E on the cheap.
Those are excellent points. This is just me but I don't see how anyone can compare the CLA-Class to the 2015 C-Class. That makes as much sense and comparing a C-Class to an E-Class but I haven't seen anyone doing that and that comparison actually makes more sense to me. I'm not knocking anyone here for making those comparisons because, again, it is just my own simple minded opinion. Maybe I'm just short sighted or I'm missing a link between the two but I just don't see them as similiar cars. Looks, price, size, chasis, driving dynamics, and engine choices are all very different.
It may be because the CLA is (lengthwise) actually a bit longer than the current C and the new C's styling is somewhat similar, so they seem like they would be similar cars. I agree though that they really shouldn't be considered similar. The C is a compact luxury sports sedan whereas the CLA is a hatchback and MPV (read, minivan) FWD platform. It's based off of the W176 (A-class) and W246 (B-class). It just so happens to be styled like a CLS, which is why I think a lot of people think it is in a better class than it actually is. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing sales-wise.
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