The Mercedes CLA is available with the choice of two chassis set-ups: Comfort and Sport. Sport sees the car sit lower to the tune of 20mm at the front and 15mm at the rear. On the road there is a pronounced difference in ride quality.
Don’t be fooled by the Comfort tag applied to the softer set-up: it is just on the sporting side of firm, and crashes and rocks over bumps and crevices, dashing any lingering hope that Mercedes-Benz might have used the CLA’s longer body as an excuse to broaden the dynamic appeal of the tetchy A-Class.
Mercedes' fettled AMG Line chassis set-up is even more inflexible in its refusal to compromise for the state of British roads, all too often disregarding basic civility for a stern, never-ending grasp on proceedings.
Arguably, this being the more thrusting end of the range, buyers might be more partial to the stock AMG character. At least the letters offer a warning of what is to come. The non-traditional customer – of the kind expected to be captured in the CLA’s visual tractor beam – may indeed prove to be more inclined to the flip side of the coin, where the model’s fumbling low-speed ride fast-forwards into a heightened sense of reflex.