Auto123 reviews the 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 4MATIC+.
There’s no denying that one of the several trends simultaneously roiling the automotive industry at present is a move towards ever-bigger vehicles. To wit, the popularity of large SUVs and full-size pickups. Even among sedans, today’s BMW 3 Series, to name one example, is about the size of yesterday’s 5 Series.
But another trend has been proving the maxim that good things do come in small sizes. Consider the Mazda MX-5, Hyundai Veloster N, Volkswagen Golf GTI, Subaru WRX STI, Audi RS 3, BMW M2 Competition… and the Mercedes-AMG CLA. All of these models – and there are more than just these – have one primary, over-riding mission, which is to glue a big fat smile on those who drive them.
These days, fuel consumption, occupant safety and electrification dominate industry headlines, but there's still another - smaller I must admit - portion of the public to seduce: those performance enthusiasts who don't hesitate to spend much more than average on a vehicle that brings them that daily joy.