Forbidden Fruit: Mercedes-Benz A Class Quick Drive Page 2

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Mercedes-Benz A Class A180 quick drive

Mercedes-Benz A Class A180 quick drive

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Not for the U.S... at least in this form

Sadly, and contrary to our earlier reports before Mercedes had made up its mind, the A Class won't be appearing in the U.S.--in basic spec or otherwise.

Happily though, it may be selling something very similar--the CLA Class.

Based on the A Class's running gear, the CLA adds a traditional sedan trunk and a more rakish roofline. It should appear in the U.S. in 200-horsepower CLA 250 form, and while gas mileage won't match the A180, it may still get close--the CLA will be the most aerodynamically-efficient production car on sale.

It will also go on sale for under $30,000, as you'll have seen in Mercedes' Super Bowl ad.

The CLA, and indeed the A Class prove several things. One, that an efficient car need not feature dull styling. Two, that you need not always go for the highest specification to enjoy a car. And three, that a small, front-drive Mercedes-Benz can still feel like a proper Mercedes-Benz.

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