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Old 11-18-2018, 05:45 AM   #1
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2017 GTI or 2016 CLA 250

What do you guys think? Test drive the 2017 autobahn and I quite like the handling and how responsive the turbo is. But found the rear seats too small for the family. Plus itís still priced quite high here in Canada. Also have an option of getting a 2016 cla 250 4matic for almost $10k less. I really like the look of cla, but somehow like the gti drive better.

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Old 11-18-2018, 05:47 AM   #2
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IMO: GTI all day every day.
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Old 11-18-2018, 05:50 AM   #3
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you come on a vw site and ask about a merc vs a vw?
why not go to a merc site and ask the same question?

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Old 11-18-2018, 06:13 AM   #4
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you come on a vw site and ask about a merc vs a vw?
why not go to a merc site and ask the same question?

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So what is this site for? Just to gloat how good VW is. If you donít want to give your opinion you donít need to reply


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Old 11-18-2018, 06:22 AM   #5
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I’m going to vote GTI. (Shocking I know)

The Mercedes looks weird to me.
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Old 11-18-2018, 06:29 AM   #6
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Your coming here for an unbiased opinion?? lol You must think we are all rich here to have a VW and a Mercedes. But in all honesty get what you like.
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Old 11-18-2018, 06:37 AM   #7
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Compare service cost also and repair cost.


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Old 11-18-2018, 07:40 AM   #8
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Exactly. Mercedes repairs are likely to be more costly than VW in most cases. Especially when comparing dealership to dealership.

Plus... The GTI is a bit quicker and I'd imagine it handles a little better too. Only reason to get the Mercedes in my opinion is if you want more luxury and want all wheel drive.

Otherwise GTI
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:16 AM   #9
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What do you guys think? Test drive the 2017 autobahn and I quite like the handling and how responsive the turbo is. But found the rear seats too small for the family. Plus itís still priced quite high here in Canada. Also have an option of getting a 2016 cla 250 4matic for almost $10k less. I really like the look of cla, but somehow like the gti drive better.

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You've pretty much stated the decision already.

"But found the rear seats too small for the family."

Go with the CLA since you'll be driving your family around.
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Old 11-18-2018, 08:21 AM   #10
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CLA: Tied for #9 worst car of the year in TTAC Reader's Choice awards. It's a dog with fleas.

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Old 11-18-2018, 08:26 AM   #11
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CLA: Tied for #9 worst car of the year in TTAC Reader's Choice awards. It's a Mercedes.

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Old 11-18-2018, 12:54 PM   #12
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GTI's are great but they are a small car....do you need want the extra room?
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:34 PM   #13
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Don’t know what the OP is talking about. The CLA is tight in back too and the Gti has more headroom. I find it amazing that the CLA is 10k less. Get what you like, but most if not all on this forum are going to vote GTI, otherwise we’d be driving CLAs and be on a MB forum.
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Old 11-18-2018, 02:18 PM   #14
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I wasnt a big fan of the cars from that particular segment (CLA and A3). They never had the premuim feel of their respective manufacturers.

Does that CLA has a lot of miles for the price difference to be around $10k. Also as mentioned in another post, the maintenance is going to be a lot higher especially after warranty.

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The CLA is tight in back too and the Gti has more headroom.

This was my assumption for rear seat space as well.
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Old 11-18-2018, 03:13 PM   #15
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I tested them both and am a fan of both brands so here's my almost unbiased opinion. Also note my family considered picking up a CLA twice since it was launched and will probably consider a A when it comes out. (got a E class then a C class).

I found the CLA significantly smaller all around and the gti to be quite spacious. If space is that much of a problem then I'd swing for a gla250 which might be my least favorite car in terms of driving dynamics. I think the most annoying thing about the CLA size is the rear entry. Because its a "coupe" i often bang my head on the ceiling.

GTI rides nicer and in terms of quality I find it to be similar or GTI abit nicer. This segment like vj123 has pointed out, the cars don't ever feel that premium compared to their other cars. Both seem pretty zippy.

DSG is better than the CLA 7 speed box.

I don't know where you're from but the CLA's 4matic is rarely ever active. I test drove the 4matic and the fwd, I actually liked the fwd more. It just felt more toss able. I lived somewhere where snow isn't disastrous I'd op for fwd and snow tires.

The CLA does look better imo and has the mercedes badge. But people and those around them who know about cars would know the CLA is sort of infamous. It's like the maserati ghibli. It's a maserati, cool. But a lot of people know you blew it. Also if its the prestige you want just get an A3.

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TL;DR just look at sandmangti's post below me. Not the squirrel, the one below that.

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Old 11-18-2018, 03:18 PM   #16
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OP.
Without picture I find this thread lacking!




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Old 11-18-2018, 03:29 PM   #17
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2017 GTI or 2016 CLA 250

OP, details on MB.
Quick look shows it as a 4 cylinder turbo. 208 hp and weighing 200lbs more than an Autobahn.

Being a sedan I would think the GTI has more usable room. Add roof rack and box for family trips.

MB good for image but it would need to drive and feel great for me to jump over a GTI.



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