The second-generation CLA is hands-down the best designed small sedan on the road, and light years better looking than the generation it replaced. Importantly, this CLA is larger in all dimensions - apart from the height, which has been lowered. It's an incredibly well-proportioned car.
While the Jupiter Red paint finish would not be my first choice, it’s well complimented by the smart-looking 19-inch AMG black alloy wheels ($1390 option). If it weren’t for the badging on the rear you’d be forgiven for mistaking this test car for something more performance focussed.
The colour palette continues inside the cabin with red and black Lugano leather used for the seats and doors. Elsewhere, the high quality fixtures and finishings abound throughout - in combination with clever ambient lighting- create a premium feel in the cabin, particularly at night.
For me, the car’s technology is the show stealer, with the two MBUX-equipped 10.25-inch screens providing a hi-tech window into a world few other auto brands can match. Graphic quality is outstanding, and there are myriad of ways drivers can customise the interfaces to their tastes, with the ability to interact via voice and/or touch commands.