2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35

MSRP $47,900

Ranked #19 in Sedan

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2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 17, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Mercedes-AMG’s idea with the CLA 35 was simple, it was to practically unify the dynamics of a daily driven sedan with the euphoria and exhilaration you get from an AMG. In the process, the brand was able to produce an offering that holds unmatched value. Though it is available as a single trim option only, the compact sedan is feature-packed and sits just under the $50,000 mark. With an all-new generation introduced as recently as 2020, the current iteration will carry forward unchanged.

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Pros

Tempting design

Jaunty engine option

High price to performance ratio

Extensive list of standard features

Cons

Constrained rear-seat space

Restricted range due to a less voluminous tank

What's New?

No major changes


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$47900

bodystyle

dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

all wheel drive

engine type

transmission

7-Auto-Shift Manual w/OD

dimensions

wheelbase

107.4 in.

length

184.8 in.

width

72.2 in.

height

55.3 in.

curb weight

3505 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/25/29 mpg

highway range

391.50 mi.

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

35 4MATIC$47,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 in Iridium Silver Metallic color
Iridium Silver Metallic

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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


The 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 has an enticing design and a potent engine to vaunt. It screams familiarity from the moment you look at it. By adding premium quality materials, a responsive powertrain, and a slew of optional packages, at a rather affordable price, the sedan has built a niche position for itself in the market. It tries to conquer a segment already packed with fierce competitors like the Cadillac CT4-V, Infiniti Q50, and the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Sedan front view
2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Sedan rear view

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Features

At an expected price of $48,500, the 2022 AMG CLA 35 is typically a Mercedes-Benz offering that gets adorned with a number of class-leading features. Available as a single-trim option, the compact sedan features a cogent turbocharged unit and is channeled as an AWD variant only. As standard, it gets equipped with specifications like a rearview camera, dual-zone climate control, and rear ventilation ducts. While the base set of features are adequate with all niceties, buyers can also equip the sedan with optional packages, however, they add to the price incessantly.

Trim

AMG CLA 35

MSRP

$48,500 (expected)

Key Features

Remote Trunk Release

 

Remote Engine Start

 

18-inch Alloy wheels

 

Smart Device Integration

 

Hands-free liftgate

 

Sun/moonroof

 

Blind-spot monitor

 

AMG Performance Seat Package

We Recommend

As mentioned before, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 is available as a single trim variant and consequently, it is our only suggestion. While the base variant without any optional upgrades will suffice all your wants from a sub- $50,000 sedan, we would recommend opting for the AMG Aerodynamic Package. As the name suggests, this package aims at streamlining performance and adds a number of AMG-specific elements like a traditional rear spoiler and black diffuser blades for improved exterior design.

Release Date

Though there has been no official communication from the brand regarding the launch date of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35, we expect it to hit the markets just before the start of the fall of 2021, like every other vehicle from the brand. However, with certain restrictions concerning the pandemic, still in place, delays in scheduled timelines can be a possibility, however, you will definitely have your hands-on sedan by the end of this year.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Engine and Performance

With no changes introduced with the 2022 MY, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 continues with a similar powertrain as found in the outgoing model. It gets equipped with a 2.0L turbocharged inline-4 unit mated to a 7-speed automated manual transmission. This duo together outputs 302hp and 295lb.-ft of torque and power is transferred to all the wheels of the sedan as standard. Performance from this unit feels adequate and a 0-60mph sprint in 4.6 seconds is evidence of the fact. While quarter-mile timings and top speed are not yet known, they are expected to be either on par or better than rivals.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Sedan engine bay

In terms of driving pleasure and comfort, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 will continue to drive effortlessly. With a four-wheel independent suspension in place, the sedan remains stable and planted to the ground. It has better traction control and with almost no discomfort from the bumps and road imperfections, you will ride in unparalleled luxury.

Model

2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

2021 Infiniti Q50 LUXE

2021 Alfa Rome Giulia Ti Sport

2021 Cadillac CT4-V

MSRP

$48,500 (expected)

$43,800

$48,400

$44,985

Engine

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

3.0L V6

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

2.0L turbocharged inline-4

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

7-speed automated manual

7-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

Power (hp)

302 hp

300hp

280hp

325hp

Torque (lb.-ft)

295lb.-ft

295lb.-ft

306lb.-ft

380lb.-ft

0-60 MPH (seconds)

4.6 seconds

5.4 seconds

5.5 seconds

4.4 seconds

Quarter-mile (seconds)

N/A

13.8 seconds

14 seconds

13.3 seconds

Top Speed (MPH)

N/A

172 MPH

162 MPH

155 MPH

When compared to the competitors, the 2021 Infiniti Q50 is the only sedan that makes use of a V6 unit, while the Cadillac CT4-V bears distinction with its RWD setup. Additionally, the latter also produces the highest amount of power and torque of 325hp and 380lb.-ft and is the quickest in the segment taking 4.4 seconds to the 60mph mark. On the other hand, the Infiniti and Alfa Romeo are almost a second slower than their competitors, but manage better performance in the quarter-mile run and have better top speeds of 172 and 162 MPH, respectively.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Fuel Economy

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 is highly efficient; it averages 22 MPG in the city, 29 MPG on the highway. Combined, it averages 25 MPG, which allows it to rank higher up in the segment. However, its troubles stem from its underwhelming fuel tank that has the lowest capacity in the segment of 13.5-gallons, which when equated with its efficiency allows for a total range of 297 city and 392 highway miles. Consequently, your frequent fuel stops might burn a hole in your pocket.

Model

2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

2021 Infiniti Q50 LUXE

2021 Alfa Rome Giulia Ti Sport

2021 Cadillac CT4-V

MPG (city)

22

20

23

20

MPG (highway)

29

29

31

29

MPG (combined)

25

23

26

23

Fuel capacity (gallons)

13.5-gallons

20-gallons

15.3-gallons

17-gallons

Range (City, highway, combined, in miles)

297/392/NA mi

400/540/460 mi

352/474/403 mi

340/493/416 mi

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia is the most frugal option available in the segment. It averages a combined efficiency of 26 MPG, however, like the Mercedes-AMG, its fuel tank has a bearing on its range. On the other hand, the Infiniti Q50 and Cadillac CT4-V manage similar efficiency of 23 MPG, but the former possesses the largest fuel tank in the segment of 20-gallons. As a result, it remains streets ahead of its competitors when the range is concerned managing 460 miles.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Interior

With recent alterations to its design and setup, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 welcomes you with its contemporary aura. The new-fangled design is similar to what can be found in other sedans from the brand. It gets equipped with a number of gizmos and the central trackpad that is used to control the infotainment screen most definitely looks opulent. All around the cabin, you will find soft-touch materials for a plusher outlook, while the central armrest storage, glove compartment, and digital gauge cluster uphold practicality.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Sedan front seats

Given its subtle driving dynamics, if you ever forget you are onboard an AMG variant, the folks at Mercedes won’t let you. Step inside and you find the AMG badging spread throughout the cabin. But amidst all its quirkiness, the 2022 CLA 35 reeks of comfort and luxury. As standard, you get a flat-bottom steering wheel, front bucket seats, and dual-zone climate control and while the base interior setup is pleasing and catchy, the optional packages that the brand offers make it highly customizable. You get DINAMICA upholstery with red and black stitching as standard, however, one can equip the cabin with leather upholstery as well. The seats feel adequately comfortable and with power adjustability and seat memory functions, the front seats are the place where you’d want to spend most of your time.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Sedan infotainment screen

However, like always, the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 continues to be a coupe-styled sedan. Consequently, headroom at the back feels constrained, especially for taller occupants. While it can seat five passengers, our recommendation would be to accommodate two passengers on the rear seat. With the third passenger on board, space might feel constrained, especially on longer journeys. The cargo capacity of 11.1 cu.-ft is also not the best in the segment and with a tapering design, the trunk opening also feels smaller than it actually is.

Model

2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

2021 Infiniti Q50 LUXE

2021 Alfa Rome Giulia Ti Sport

2021 Cadillac CT4-V

Passenger Capacity

5

5

5

5

First Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

38.5/55.1/41.8

39.5/56.7/44.5

38.6/56.1/42.4

38.3/55.2/42.4

Second Row (Head/shoulder/legroom)

35.7/54/33.9

36.8/56.1/35.1

37.6/57.6/35.1

36.5/53.9/33.4

Cargo Capacity (cu.-ft)

11.1

13.5

13.0

10.7

From the table above, it is evident that the 2021 Infiniti Q50 has maximum space for passengers in both rows. Its practicality is further extended by its sizable boot that can have a total volume of 13.5 cubic feet. The Alfa Romeo also leads with its cargo capacity, while the Cadillac has similar space as the Mercedes-AMG but has the lowest cargo-carrying prowess, making it an ill-fit for long journeys.

However, in terms of design and build quality, the Cadillac remains a step ahead of its competitors. While the 2021 Giulia sports an ergonomic cabin as well, the Q50 falls short marginally due to its dated cabin setup. Some standout interior features of the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 include:

  • Optional Heads-up display
  • 8-way Power adjustability and lumbar support for front seats
  • Optional Heated Front Seats
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel with mounted controls
  • Interior Air Filtration
  • AMG Performance Seat Package

How intuitive is the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35’s infotainment system?

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 makes use of the latest version of the MBUX infotainment system. This makes it highly intuitive and user-friendly. The screen resolution is crisp and all menus and options are logically placed. It gets equipped with a 7-inch display screen, which can be controlled either with the central touchpad or through touch gestures. As standard, it hosts Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM stereo, and HD Radio. Apart from the display unit, the cockpit also encompasses a 7-inch digital gauge cluster that houses the odometer, speedometer, and tachometer amongst other vital information pertaining to the vehicle. Sound duties are perfectly handled by a 12-speaker Burmester sound system and while no upgrade is available, you would seldom feel the need. Some salient infotainment features include:

  • Smart Device Integration
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • MP3 Player
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio
  • USB Connection C-ports
  • Voice control and recognition

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Exterior

Perhaps, we are as excited writing about the design, as enthusiasts were when they first saw the Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class take shape. With a total overhaul in 2020, the AMG CLA 35 works on the similar underpinnings of a coupe-sedan but extends its likability with a more free-flowing and sharp design. It now bears an uncanny resemblance with the higher-placed Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class and we have no complaints about it.

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Sedan

Upfront, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 falls in line with the brand’s overall design strategy. It features, what Mercedes likes to call, the shark headlights because of their outright sharpness and striking appearance. You still get the bold grille with the brand’s logo and an AMG badge that complements it. When viewed from the side, the CLA 35 becomes easily distinguishable due to its tapering roofline that merges in seamlessly with the LED taillights, which look rather subtle. It sits on 18-inch alloy wheels and when equipped with the AMG Aerodynamic Package, the sedan features an AMG-specific rear spoiler and bigger air ducts for better performance.

Model

2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35

2021 Infiniti Q50 LUXE

2021 Alfa Rome Giulia Ti Sport

2021 Cadillac CT4-V

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,505

3,888

3,632

3,616

Length (in.)

184.8

189.6

182.5

187.2

Width (in.)

72.2

71.8

73.7

71.4

Height (in.)

55.3

57.2

57.1

56

Ground Clearance (in.)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Wheelbase (in.)

107.4

112.2

111

109.3

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 is the lightest option with a curb weight of 3,505 lbs. It sports a total length of 184.8 inches with a wheelbase of 107.4 inches. It is 72.2 inches wide and 55.3 inches tall, however, its ground clearance is not yet known.

 On the other hand, the Infiniti Q50 is the heaviest weighing almost 400 pounds more. It also sports the longest wheelbase of 112.2 inches, while the Alfa Romeo Giulia is the widest and tallest measuring 73.7 and 57.1 inches, respectively. Though the 2021 Cadillac CT4-V looks the most handsome sedan in the lot, it is rather smaller in dimensions.

Some of the salient exterior features include:

  • Lip Rear Spoiler
  • Grille moldings with chrome bar
  • Heated power-folding mirrors
  • Premium paint options
  • Body-colored bumpers
  • Aluminum wheels

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Safety

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 has not yet been tested and even its 2021 MY, has not been tested either by the IIHS or NHTSA. However, its extensive list of standard features makes it extremely dependable and reliable. As standard, it comes equipped with features like a blind-spot monitor, traction control, and tire pressure monitoring system. For enhanced reliability, it also features a comprehensive warranty policy that is available for a period of 4 years or 50,000 miles, whichever comes earlier. Some other standout safety features include:

  • Anti-braking system
  • Rearview Camera
  • Stability Control
  • Post-collision safety system
  • Emergency Braking Preparation
  • Daytime Running Lights

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Competition

2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 vs 2021 Infiniti Q50

The 2021 Infiniti Q50 is a ferocious option in a competitive segment. However, with the introduction of newer and better vehicles, it has lost its old-world charm. With a complete revamp in 2020, the AMG CLA 35 has emerged as a better option. It is considerably quicker and has higher efficiency, but falls short of range. Unlike the Infiniti that has a dated cabin design, the 2022 Mercedes looks modern and contemporary, and with its smooth and refined driving capabilities, and a practical feature load, it is no surprise that the AMG is the better option amongst the two.

2021 Infiniti Q50

2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 vs 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

The 2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia looks prepossessing and is an apt representation of how sporty vehicles should look. It gets better space on the inside for the passengers and its floating dashboard design resonates with practicality and opulence. The build quality is sturdy and its infotainment and safety features like the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 are extremely comprehensive. Though it is more efficient, it falls short on performance and is the only aspect where the latter leads. While the Mercedes does gain ground when reliability is concerned, we’d bet on the Alfa Romeo for a unique experience.

2021 Alfa Romeo Giulia

2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 vs 2021 Cadillac CT4-V

The 2021 Cadillac CT4-V is undoubtedly the most talked-about sedan in the segment. Its power and torque outputs are the highest in the segment and translate into unparalleled performance making it the quickest option. It is closely matched to the Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 in terms of space and dimensions but leads in frugality. It looks appealing and has a sharp design at its disposal. However, amongst the two, the AMG CLA 35 is the better daily driver and for its likable and engaging ride quality, we’d prefer it in comparison.

2021 Cadillac CT4-V

 

2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLA 35 Final Verdict

The 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35 is a performance sedan disguised as a premium sedan packed with all the luxuries. It gets a jaunty engine option that belts out segment-leading figures. It looks on par with its competitors and has an ergonomic design that looks clutter-free and houses hi-tech features. The infotainment system feels new-fangled and a plethora of safety features, make the Mercedes-AMG, a practical option. However, it falls short on fuel efficiency. It provides high value for the money spent and we find no reason to veto it.