New-generation four-door coupé combines sporting efficiency and refinement in a lovely compact saloon When it was launched in 2013, the Mercedes-Benz CLA promised refinement and efficiency in an elegantly swooping saloon bundle. A world gross sales whole of 750,000 models suggests the cocktail labored, so it’s time for a brand new technology – together with this, the compact CLA 250 four-door coupé.And compact is the phrase, even when this new model is each longer and wider than its predecessor. The CLA 250 relies on the underpinnings of the A-Class, and from the within it can definitely be acquainted to these with expertise of the favored hatchback.On the skin, the lengthy, curving bonnet – full with (in Mercedes parlance) twin ‘energy dome’ bulges – and a brief boot create a automobile that’s pleasing to the attention, with high-quality AMG Line design particulars comparable to engaging chrome doorhandles and entrance splitter, plus Merc’s trademark diamond grille, making a proposition that’s aimed squarely at a youthful market than is maybe conventional for the Three-Pointed Star.Efficiency with a sporting edge was the intention and on that time, this CLA delivers in a way that can induce smiles – and in the suitable circumstances, even a beaming grin. However that compact nature inevitably means compromise in the case of practicalities. This isn’t a saloon for everybody – which once more might be the intention.