This is the all-new Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake, the estate-car version of the company’s stylish four-door coupe. Here’s everything you need to know about it.
Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake
Stylish looks and a practical boot
Price and release date
From around £30,000; September 2019
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2019 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake price and release date
While prices for the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake have yet to be confirmed, you can expect it to cost from around £30,000 when it goes on sale in September. After the car’s launch, the range will be joined by quick AMG A35 and even quicker AMG A45 models.
2019 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake styling
The CLA Shooting Brake is designed to give you the style of a coupe but combined with some of the practicality you’d expect to find in an estate car. To that end, the CLA SB looks identical to the regular CLA up to the front doors, so you get a distinctive front end with a single louvre grille, ground-hugging lower bumper and a bonnet complete with a couple of power bulges. Step to the side and the main thing that separates the CLA SB from the regular CLA – its sloping roof – is easy to spot. It gives the Shooting Brake a 505-litre boot – so it’ll have room for an extra soft bag over the regular CLA – and also a practical opening that’ll make loading easier. However, the SB is slightly less aerodynamic than the CLA.
2019 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake interior
Inside, the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake has the posh interior you’d expect to find in any other upmarket Mercedes – one that’s dominated by two large screens one that’s behind the steering wheel and another in the middle of the dashboard. That leaves the way clear for the rest of the interior to be awash with expensive leather and Alcantara upholstery, shiny plastic and metal trim pieces, those cool turbine style air vents and mood lighting with a choice of 64 colours.
2019 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake infotainment
The Shooting Brake gets the latest version of Mercedes MBUX operating system. It can understand voice commands started with the phrase “Hey Mercedes…”. It’s been improved since it was first launched in the Mercedes A-Class, though, so it can now understand gestures and operate the car’s system depending on where you’re sitting – so if you ask the car to turn up your heated seat, it’ll automatically turn up the temperature on your seat only. The CLA SB also gets Mercedes Energizing Comfort Control, which umbrellas a variety of the car’s functions under one central control. So, simply saying ‘Hey Mercedes, I’m sleepy” will make the car send cool air into the cabin and (if you ticked the box for optional cooling) the seats, play loud music and administer an intense massage – all in attempt to stop you falling asleep at the wheel. If you have a Garmin wearable it can even use the information it collects – your sleep quality, stress levels and pulse – to setup the car to soothe you as much as possible.
2019 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake engine, gearbox and driving
The Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake will be available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, manual or dual-clutch automatic gearboxes and front or four-wheel drive. For now though, the only model that is confirmed is the 225hp CLA 250, which drives the front wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. Although Mercedes hasn’t quoted a time, you can expect it to get from 0-62mph in under seven seconds and Mercedes claims fuel economy of up to 45mpg. Whichever version you go for, the CLA, says Mercedes, has the ‘sportiest driving characteristics’ of all of its small cars. As a result, it gets multi-link rear suspension that makes the car feel more poised in bends, thick anti-roll bars that stop the car from leaning when you corner at speed and electronic stability control that’s ‘specifically adapted to the CLA’s potentially high cornering speeds’. In terms of alloy wheels, you can choose from 16 to 19 inches.
2019 Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake autonomous driving
If you’d rather let the car do the driving then the CLA Shooting Brake can let you do just that. Its active cruise control can brake and accelerate the Mercedes to match the speed of the car in front, but also recognise tight corners in the sat-nav and slow the car accordingly to deal with them while the Active Steer steers your around them automatically. Active Lane Change Assist, meanwhile, can steer the car into the overtaking lane automatically at the swipe of an indicator stalk, while the CLA MB gets a full suite of aids that mean the car can park itself even into tight spaces.