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2014 BMW M235i vs 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG

Updated on March 24, 2015

The 2014 BMW M235i and the 2014 Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG took the car world by storm. When you pit two heavily powered cars from the two legendary German lines, which one comes out on top? While both the BMW M235i and the CLA45 AMG are two fantastic cars, you would have to get down to the most specific of details to do an adequate comparison. To do this, not only have to compare the body, but we have to compare the driving, steering, throttle response, and all of the other factors.

For starters, the BMW M235i is a 3.0L turbo with 320 horsepower and comes in a 8-speed automatic, while the Mercedes Benz is a 2.0L turbo with 335 horsepower and comes in a 7-speed automatic. The starting base prices for both these cars are around the same ballpark, with the M235i at $44,025 and the CLA45 AMG at $48,375. If you were to consider cars that are fully loaded, the price then jumps exponentially, with the CLA45 AMG definitely taking a chunk out of the budget. Specs like these are mostly for informative purposes, since you would have to really experience the car first hand to make use of all the specs. If money is not really an issue, then the rest of the specs you can consider would be completely subjective.

When we compare the body styles, the M235i is more appealing overall. The front end is one of the better looking ones in a very long time, coupled with a great character line that surrounds the upper part of the entire vehicle. The rear end looks especially fierce, with a great set of taillights to match. Meanwhile, the CLA45 AMG is sort of a letdown because of its awkward looking body style. The front end of the car is reminiscent to the popular Mercedes Benz A45 hatchback that's available in Europe, but then it abruptly stops in the second half of the vehicle and looks a bit unimpressive. There have actually been many critical responses for the CLA45, but it's really up to the driver to determine if they like the style of the car or not.

A car's brakes are very important when considering its value because that's the most important safety feature of a car. You don't want a car with spongey brakes that are not sensitive or take way too long to come to a complete stop. When we compare the brakes between the BMW M235i and the Mercedes Benz CLA45 AMG, the M235i is a bit less responsive than the CLA45 AMG. You would really have to get down into the pedal to get some significant stopping power, making this a very crucial component when choosing which car to get. While it is difficult to gauge the braking pressure, there are people who agree that the braking pedal does not feel nearly as good as the one on the CLA45 AMG. A nice feature that is on the M235i is the handbrake feature that's not that common nowadays anymore. On the other hand, the Mercedes brakes feel extremely solid like there's actually a firm hold and stopping power.

As a driver, you would have to consider everything, down to the nitty gritty details and see which features you must have versus which ones you think you may be able to live without. The BMW is known to be a very fun car to drive, has a very high end LED lighting technology, and its ability to maneuver through sharp turns makes it a very fun car to take to the track as well as a good car for the streets as well. The CLA45 AMG is also very fun to drive, with an incredible braking system that will make your jaw drop. Whether you choose the M235i or the CLA45 AMG, you will definitely be impressed by the European showmanship that these cars possess.

Whichever car you choose, whether it is the M235i or the CLA 45 AMG, you be sure that these cars are very well renowned and the luxurious designs are unparalleled. If you're looking for performance and luxury, these are great street cars that you can take to the track for some performance driving that will be sure to stun.


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