If you’re looking for the extra space and practicality that estates provide, but aren't a fan of their rigid styling, then the Mercedes CLA Shooting Brake is the car you’re after. Off the back of Big Motoring World’s most successful month in 20 years of trading, we look at this revolutionary style of estate car.
The CLA Shooting Brake is probably the most stylish estate car you’ll find anywhere. It’s most distinguishing feature is its curvy roofline, which elegantly drops away towards the back of the car. From the front it looks identical to the sporty CLA saloon, but from the side, the higher roofline and swept-back looks are clear for all to see. All models come with twin exhausts and striking 18in alloy wheels. The Sport versions also come with xenon headlamps, privacy glass and speed-sensitive steering.
Inside, things aren’t too different from the CLA coupe's front space – one of the coupe’s big strengths. The dash remains the same, as do the seats and wheel adjustability. Most of the car’s functions are easily controlled through the tablet-style central screen which is glued to the dash, whilst the buttons for the stereo and navigation controls remain the same. The cabin is fitted out with an array of pleasant-feeling materials and finishes which add real comfort. All models get a steering-wheel mounted gearshifter and a beautifully detailed joystick-style lever on the centre console.
Although in the design of this estate car, looks and practicality have shared equal importance, the CLA Shooting Break still does its job. The boot holds a roomy 495 litres, which is way more than you could expect from a car of this attractiveness. If you tilt the rear seatbacks to a more upright 'cargo' position, the space increases by another 100 litres. Up front, there's plenty of storage space dotted around the cabin, while the electric parking brake and steering wheel-mounted gear lever free up space for a roomier cockpit. Whilst the rear headroom has also been improved by 40mm.
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