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Mercedes-Benz CLA250 shows compact style (pictures)

The new model from Mercedes-Benz brings luxury styling into the compact class.

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Mercedes-Benz bets on American's desire for smaller, luxury cars with the CLA250.
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Styling for the CLA250 derives from the Mercedes-Benz CLS-class.
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Unlike other Mercedes-Benz offerings, the CLA250 is a front-wheel-drive car.
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At 13.1 cubic feet, the trunk space is on the small side.
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Even with the rounded roofline, rear seat headroom is adequate.
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The Sport package included a more rigidly tuned suspension and run-flat tires, possibly leading to this car's rough ride quality.
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The CLA250 uses a 2-liter turbocharged engine.
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Power adjustable sport seats in front were reasonably comfortable.
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The rear seat is designed to hold three passengers.
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The quality cabin materials certainly made the CLA250 feel like a Mercedes-Benz.
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An LCD in the instrument cluster shows a variety of vehicle information.
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The navigation system shows very detailed maps.
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The destination menu includes a shortcut to location-based apps.
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While using the CLA250's Internet-connected features, you will spend a lot of time looking at this screen.
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Music apps are not listed among the audio sources, but tucked away in this online menu.
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The CLA250 includes broadcast and onboard digital audio sources.
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Oddly, Mercedes-Benz's iOS integration relies on this 30-pin adapter, which only works with older iOS devices.
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The Harman Kardon stereo delivers great audio detail, but falls short on bass.

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