The Mercedes-Benz CLA range is basically the sedan version of the new A-Class models, which are such a galactic improvement on the old A-Class that’s it’s hard to believe they are from the same manufacturer.
Naturally, in both the CLA and A-Class, the focus is on the turbocharged 2-litre AMG models. These produce an astonishing 265kW and 450Nm, a claimed 0-100km/h time of 4.6 seconds and a governed top speed of 250km/h. The AMG models have all-wheel-drive and dramatic-sounding exhaust systems, along with understated but handsome looks.
Read the full Drive launch coverage of the Mercedes-Benz CLA here.
WHEN you hear that a car costs almost R436 000 yet is the cheapest model in the range you know you are dealing with something in the premium class. That’s the case with the recently launched Lexus ES250 and its hybrid sibling, the ES300h (which costs R515 000).
The latter was not available for driving at the launch in the Western Cape. And there is only one version of the ES250, with a four-cylinder, naturally aspirated 2.5-litre petrol engine and a six-speed auto gearbox, so it was not one of those launches where you had to fight to make sure you drove all the models in the range.
Read our full Lexus ES250 launch impressions here.