With one of the highest specific outputs of any road car, the 2.0-litre turbocharged engine in the CLA 45 has helped it to be one of the most effective point-and-shoot weapons on the road in any weather.
The engine, which is the highlight of the car for me, has minimal lag and pulls strongly all the way to the red line unlike most turbocharged cars.
It sounds pretty good at the top of the range too, although it will not be mistaken as one of AMG's V8s. Reach for the next gear and it rewards you with a loud "barrrrpppp". And I mean 'Loud'. It might be too much for some but I personally love it!
On the handling front, it rides softer as compared to its sister, the A 45 AMG hatchback. Unless you drive them back to back, chances are you wouldn't notice the difference.
Its variable-ratio steering feels sharp and weighting is fine. Road feel could be improved though.
No complaints on the brakes. They are pretty much as good as they can get.
Seats hug you snug and also look great.
Red belts remind you this is something special.
AMG illuminated side step is one of the many features that adds to the overall feel-good factor of the car.
While it might be slightly pricey, its looks and talent more than makes up for it. Evo owners, look no further.
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