I was hurrying up Federal Street toward South Station to catch my train yesterday when I spotted the first new Mercedes-Benz CLA I’ve seen in person. The thing that immediately caught my eye was the little orange gift from a meter maid on the windshield. Could it be this new car’s first parking ticket?
I’ve been following this car online for a number of months, and my opinions on it are mixed. It is front-wheel drive – something we aren’t used to from Mercedes. But my biggest qualm is its so-advertised “value”. When you compare it to a C-Class, and what more you get with a C-Class for just a few thousand more, I’d hardly call it a value. But the two cars have decidedly different personalities, so I guess it’s in the eye of the beholder. The thing I was most shocked about upon seeing this car was just how good it looks in person. Especially from the rear view, it’s a really sharp design.
I’m not a huge fan of MB’s recent trend of large open grilles with big logos in the center (I prefer the more elegant and traditional chrome grilles with hood ornaments), but it works better on this car than the C- or E-Class. We’ll have to wait and see how the CLA does here. As for now, let’s hope the owner paid their parking ticket. I’d hate to see this baby get towed.