Thats the only thing that draws me back when considering the 4matic CLA. I remember test driving the C class 4matic and i was impress with the handling but the cost was out of my price range at the time. But now with this new segment the CLA 4matic can be had at only an additional $3,000 to the base cost.FWD can be great. I had a Peugeot 405 for years and it was the fastest thing on a compact snow highway on its 4 snow tires. I lived in the Interior of British Columbia when I had that car. Beautiful balance, neutral handling, gentle lift-off oversteer on demand. Yup, FWD is just fine.
I would consider a 4MATIC too, but not if the fuel consumption penalty was significant.
Which vehicles have you had in the past where it was fwd? Just trying to gather some advice and figure out whether i should get the Mercedes CLA 250 in fwd or 4matic awd. I wouldn't mind saving that 3000$ but if its gonna help me with safety during those harsh snow conditions then why not.I'm getting the FWD. I live in Germany where it snows a lot and I even then I don't think AWD is necessary. On bad snow days, the roads are plowed and salted, so it's not like I've ever needed all-wheel traction. I prefer saving the $3000, saving gas mileage and saving long term maintenance costs. The extra monry could be used for a nice set of summer or winter wheels and the rest into investments.
Victoria is a nice place to live. I've considered retiring there.South of Nanaimo, we haven't had any snow for 2 years. Disappointing.