There is but one trim on offer for 2022 but it's all you need. The CLA 35 comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine making 302 hp and 295 lb-ft, along with AWD and a seven-speed DCT automatic transmission. The exterior features LED headlights, 18-inch or optional 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, and an AMG styling package. The interior features an illuminated entry system, keyless start, power-adjustable front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster display. The 10.25-inch infotainment display supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Standard driver tech includes attention assist, blind-spot assist, and crosswind assist.
The Mercedes-AMG CLA 35's price begins at an MSRP of $47,900 in the US, making it the most affordable model in AMG's range. This price excludes the destination fee of $1,050. The CLA 35's competitors are all closely priced, with the Audi S3 coming in at $45,800 and the BMW M235i xDrive Gran Coupe at $45,500. Mercedes-AMG offers many options for the CLA 35, and fully loaded, this baby bruiser can easily cost over $70k.
Mercedes-AMG offers numerous optional packages for the CLA 35, ranging from exterior styling to chassis and interior packages. Our go-to exterior package is the $1,550 AMG Aerodynamics Package which adds a more pronounced front splitter, a larger rear spoiler, and a Gloss Black rear diffuser. For an improved driving experience, we'd recommend going for the AMG Ride Control Sport Suspension at $990, and for added safety, add the Driver Assistance Package (requires the $1,300 Multimedia Package), which, for $1,700, adds driver assistance features such as active steering assist and active brake assist with cross-traffic assist. The Parking Assistance Package goes on sale for $1,090 and does what it says on the box.
For the interior, we'd go with the $1,100 AMG head-up display and the $1,300 Multimedia Package. The latter adds navigation with augmented video, free navigation map updates for one year, and speed limit assist.
The CLA 35 is a standalone trim, so we would suggest looking at AMG's extensive list of optional extras to craft your own unique experience. If we were buying, we'd get one in Iridium Silver metallic and add the AMG Aerodynamics Package (which includes the AMG Night Package) and a set of 19-inch AMG twin five-spoke wheels. On the inside, we'd add the Driver Assistance Package, which automatically adds the Multimedia Package. Finally, we'd go for the $990 AMG Ride Control system, bringing the total cost to $56,590 including destination.