New Mercedes CLA hybrid: prices, spec and on-sale date for 250 e plug-ins

Mercedes CLA 250 e plug-in on sale now, available in Coupe and Shooting Brake bodystyles

Mercedes CLA 250 e Shooting Brake

A new Mercedes CLA plug-in hybrid is on the way, and it will appear in both four-door Coupe (pictured below) and five-door Shooting Brake (above) forms.  The car will use the CLA 250 e name, since it uses the same powertrain as the already-successful A-Class A 250 e hatchback and saloon, and the B-Class hatchback.

The CLA plug-in is on sale now, and prices start from £37,450 for the cheapest version, which comes in AMG Line Premium trim on the coupe model. The range goes up to £39,950 if you opt for one in Shooting Brake form in the higher trim option, AMG Line Premium Plus.

Mercedes is rapidly expanding its plug-in hybrid (PHEV) range, and the CLA joins models such as the C-Class, E-Class and S-Class saloons, as well as the GLC and GLE SUVs.

Mercedes CLA 250 e

Mercedes CLA plug-in hybrid prices and specs

The entry point to the CLA 250 e range is with the AMG Line Premium model, as it's not available in lesser trims. This version costs £37,450 without options and includes 18-inch alloys, LED lights, heated seats, climate control, keyless entry and go, AEB, cruise control and the MBUX media system with two screens: a 10.25-inch touchscreen on the dash and another display of the same size in place of traditional dials.

Move up to AMG Line Premium Plus and the price rises to £38,950. It gets all the same kit plus Multibeam LED headlights and a panoramic sunroof. The Shooting Brake versions of each model cost £1,000 more than the coupe variants.

Mercedes CLA hybrid performance, range, fuel economy and emissions

The CLA 250 e powertrain consists of a 1.3-litre petrol engine and 101bhp electric motor, which together produce 215bhp and 450Nm of torque. The Coupe can sprint to 62mph from rest in 6.8 seconds, with the Shooting Brake estate just a tenth slower, at 6.9 seconds. The Coupe has a top speed of 149mph and the Shooting Brake is slightly slower, at 146mph.

Each can get to around 87mph under electric power alone; the Coupe can manage 37 to 43 miles of driving in this mode, while the Shooting Brake can do 36 to 42 miles. Combined fuel economy of around 177 to 202mpg is claimed, but as ever, this will depend heavily on having fully charged batteries, a light right foot and the right combination of petrol and pure-electric running.

Five levels of regenerative braking an be selected and are controllable using paddles on the steering wheel; other plug-in hybrid features include the ability to pre-warm or cool the cabin before a journey without turning on the engine, as well as a drivetrain that can use sat-nav data to calculate the best use of its electric power when left to its own devices. The usual Comfort, Eco and Sport modes let the driver decide on a setup as required.

Developing a new exhaust system and fuel tank has, Mercedes says, allowed more space below the passenger seats for the hybrid system’s battery, meaning minimal impact on interior space compared to the non-hybrid CLA models. That battery can charge from 10 to 100% from a 7.4kW home wallbox in an hour and 45 minutes, according to Mercedes. The firm also quotes a 24kW DC charging time from 10 to 80% of around 25 minutes.