2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

If you’ve narrowed your search for a new luxury coupe down to the CLA, we’d like to congratulate you. The decision isn’t an easy one, but it’s definitely worth it. Once you make that decision, though, you’re stuck with one final decision: which trim level should you choose? The base 250 is a more cost-efficient option, but the AMG CLA 45 will beef up performance under the hood. See which is a better fit for you as we compare the 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 vs 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45!

The CLA 250 is the least-expensive model in the Mercedes-Benz lineup, so it makes sense that a luxury car shopper on a budget would want that one. However, the AMG CLA 45 should not be ignored. With a turbocharged 2.0L inline-4 engine, there is a whopping 375 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque to take advantage of. Check out some similarities and differences in the table below!

2018 Mercedes-Benz CLA 250


2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 45

$32,700 MSRP $50,400
24 city/37 hwy mpg Fuel Efficiency 23 city/30 hwy mpg
7-speed automatic Transmission 9-speed automatic
208 Horsepower 375
258 lb-ft Torque 350 lb-ft
6.9 seconds 0 to 60 time 4.1 seconds
FWD Drivetrain FWD
8 Number of Airbags 8
Standard PRE-SAFE® Standard
Optional Intelligent Cruise Control Optional
8 inches Entertainment Screen Size 8 inches
Standard Keyless Start Standard

Specs and Features in the 2018 CLA 250 and AMG CLA 45

Both the 2018 CLA 250 and AMG CLA 45 are exceptional options due to their fairly low price and abundance of features. The main difference between these two is that the AMG CLA 45 has much better performance and a slightly sportier allure thanks to sharper body lines. Having a hard time deciding still? You’ll find plenty of comfort and convenience features that come standard in both models. That might be good news if you were thinking of going for the lesser-priced CLA 250. Features standard in both the CLA 250 and AMG CLA 45 include:

  • Front power memory seats
  • Front power lumbar
  • Automatic climate control
  • Vehicle location system
  • Variable assisted steering
  • Halogen headlights
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • and much more!

Interested in learning more about the similarities and differences between the 2018 CLA 250 and AMG CLA 45? Get in touch with the team here at Mercedes-Benz of Indianapolis or schedule a test drive here on our website!

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