The CLA has a lot in common with the company's entry-level A-Class sedan. Even though the CLA is more expensive, the two cars share the same underlying mechanical design and look nearly identical from the front. Both cars also share an upscale pretense that our testers found is only skin deep.
Whether you prefer the CLA's longer, tapered tail is a matter of personal preference. One practical benefit of the design is a spacious trunk. But we found the sloping roofline and narrower rear door openings make it hard for passengers to get in and out of the rear seat, which is so small that it's almost useless. The CLA's front seats are supportive, but the head restraints can't be adjusted.