Mercedes AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake Review

The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake is one of the most practical small performance cars out there but its blend of tech, style and speed makes it more expensive than the standard hatchback.

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The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake is a stylish, yet more practical, version of the uber-slinky CLA 35 Coupe. It looks almost identical to its coupe cousin from the front, but from the side, you’ll notice it has a much longer roof and more upright rear windscreen that make it significantly roomier inside.

Other visual highlights include a lowered front bumper, contrasting black rear diffuser and a set of two large exhaust pipes at the back. Bigger wheels and larger brakes than on the standard Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake are also out in force.

Inside, you get a set of more supportive, body-hugging sports seats along with a flat-bottomed steering wheel and some metal gear-shift paddles that contribute to making the AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake’s cabin feel significantly more sporty than the standard car’s.

The CLA Shooting Brake’s dual-screen infotainment system has been carried over, but you do get some cool AMG-specific graphics that you can customise using shortcut buttons on the steering wheel.

Even in its standard form, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake looks superb and comes with a lovely interior, but adding some desirable options can get pretty costly.

Mat Watson
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Mercedes has been busy tinkering away under the AMG CLA 35 Shooting Brake’s bonnet, too. Here, you’ll find a 306hp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, four-wheel drive and some extra chassis bracing to help this practical small family car sprint from 0-60mph in less than 4.9 seconds.

Just like in other AMG-tuned 35-models (including the hatchback, saloon and coupe) the Shooting Brake comes with adjustable suspension as standard that lets you switch between comfortable and stiffer, sportier setups. You also get plenty of advanced safety kit including an optional adaptive cruise control system that’ll accelerate, brake and steer for you on motorways.

All these features add up to make the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 Shooting brake rather expensive for a small-yet-sporty family car, so why not head over to our carwow Mercedes deals page to see how much you can save on your next car?

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