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      07-13-2020, 03:17 AM   #23
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I had a cla 45 amg (2014 edition one in white) for a short period of time, it was quite nice and I really liked it. The interior imo with the recaro buckets is significantly nicer than bmw's with the exception of the nav, the mercedes nav display and interface in that car sucked. I also moved away because the mods were so limited for that car, and the bmw world was so much more flexible with an abundance of parts, obd2 capable tuning, coding, factory level diagnostics so you do not need to guess torque specs or how to fix things etc.

It would have been a very nice daily though, I do wish the a45 amg was available in NA since I would have prefered that one over the coupe design as the coupe roof sloped so much it made the back seat nearly useless with very little head room.
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I really like the AMG CLA 45 but unless you get a stripper it's just too much money for a 4-cylinder car with a Haldex style AWD system. The interior is very, very nice and a massive upgrade over last gen that was a disgrace at the price point. As a person that's owned EVO, STI, Golf R, etc all these cars feel and drive similar while they excel at grip, the fun factor is lower than a RWD car and 4-cylinder engines all sound terrible and lack character. Once you option one of these up you are at a price where MB and other brands offer much more compelling vehicles.
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Surprisingly the CLA45 and 340i have nearly identical MSRP.

My buddy has one and he said his CLA45 is quicker than 340/335 (stock for stock).
Yeah they are quicker for sure. I'm just not a big fan of a FWD based AWD with a 4 cylinder turbo.
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I was just at the Benz dealership to visit a client and they already have 3 CLA 45's in stock. Two for $55-58k and one for an eye watering $73k! I will say one thing, when I saw it the first thing that came to my mind was this "why couldn't BMW have made the 2GC this beautiful?" Although I am a tad biased being that the CLA looks like a mini CLS The manager also said they may make one a loaner car so maybe I'll be able to test one out soon.
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what Mercedes has done is figured out how to sell a tuned evo with a nice interior for 50-70k... so hats off to them. VW does it too with the TTRS and RS3. Those cars can run low 10s with a stock turbo setup which is extremely impressive. Then you have Porsche charging 70k for a 4 cylinder cayman.

Not my cup of tea. But I wouldn't fault someone for it. These engines are definitely light. I remember when my 335i was in for service and I got a 4 cylinder 328. the turn in was noticeably sharper thanks to the lighter weight up front. felt nearly as fast in the lower rpms too.
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Not sure where you're getting $70k from.

$55k and it will blow the pants off anything BMW makes for $55k and be a 4 door sedan doing it.

I think that's pretty cool. RS3 is its natural rival.

0-60 in 4s and all the reviews say this general of A/CLA45 AMG is a total hooligan.
OP's location is listed as Claremont, CA.

Maybe it's the other CA, the one to the north eh?
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OP's location is listed as Claremont, CA.

Maybe it's the other CA, the one to the north eh?
Yeah I live in the Claremont that is 30 miles east of Los Angeles. However, I just used the MB building tool to get that price.
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