The Mercedes-Benz CLA45 AMG, considerably the best cross between a car like the Mitsubishi EVO (no relation) and high-end luxury. The car offers all of the sport you’ll need with a 2.0 four-cylinder turbocharged engine running 355 hp to all four wheels while offering all the luxury you can only imagine from Mercedes-Benz. Does that seem too good to be true? Bucky Worboys and I had the honor of finding out for ourselves.
As the CLA45 AMG was delivered, I gave it a walk around and admired the sportsmanship crafted into the minor details. Carbon fiber trim and AMG touches graced the brake calipers, wheels and tags. The Benz gives you every indication that it was built to perform while up close, and from a distance it appears to simply be a luxury sedan. I stepped inside to take a closer look and was welcomed by an unexpected level of luxurious comfort.
The seats, while excellent, were slightly troubling for me to adjust, not because levers were out of reach or hard to maneuver, but because there were so many controls, I wasn’t sure which button did what. Once I was adjusted and ready, I turned my attention to the center console. Controls were easy to use and took no time to get used to; everything on the 5.8 inch display screen was self explanatory and simple. The sound system was, of course, pristine, and the atmosphere inside boasted a fantastic balance between luxury and sport. Our only complaint was the locks, which were plastic and felt out of place in the luxurious interior.
We left the duPont REGISTRY headquarters and went for a drive around Saint Petersburg. While I was not driving, the car handled incredibly well; at no point did I feel body roll or as though my seat would lose its grip on me. The AMG produces absurd amounts of power due to a reworked, larger turbo that makes 355 hp possible from such a small engine. The turbo pulls up to 26.1 psi to make the drive simply ludicrous when comparing to other AWD four cylinder turbo engines, such as the EVO and Subaru WRX STI. With paddle shifters controlling the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, fun would be an understatement.
Approaching our signature “S” curves, Worboys needed to only use one hand while cutting around the corners; the AMG ran our course like it was a walk in the park. Then, we approached the straightaway. The launch was quick and smooth, shifts connected with ease and the engine released a powerful note. Sprinting from 0-60 mph took only 4.4 seconds, and returning to zero was quick and effortless.
The CLA45 AMG offers everything anyone could ask for in a sedan. It provides the most powerful four cylinder engine on the market that has a better power to displacement ratio than the Porsche 911 and is coupled with outstanding comfort. The CLA45 AMG is a sedan built for those who enjoy the feel of a rally car but refuse to be deprived of luxury. By purchasing this vehicle you can face any climate with confidence while having fun, all while safely getting the kids to school.