Amazing Cars and Drives recently had the privilege of testing out Mercedes’ newest spoils: the Mercedes Benz CLA 200 AMG and the Mercedes-Benz GLE 300D 4MATIC AMG. These are two stunning models that highlight why Mercedes-Benz is rated so highly in the luxury car field, as seen in our video reviews.
Classic Coupes: The Mercedes Benz CLA 200 AMG
Dynamic and sporty in design, the Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG exudes elegance and style. With power domes on the bonnet, a diamond grill, LED lights and 18-inch alloys, the car provides a striking visual. Coupes are often associated with a smaller design, but the CLA 200 defies that assumption. Being five centimetres longer than previous models, this has left ample room in the back for passengers.
The boot has also been enlarged, boasting an impressive 460 litres as well as being 11 centimetres wider. On the topic of the boot, the CLA has a variety of options to allow for accessibility. As well as having the conventional method of opening the boot manually by button pressing, a hands-free alternative has been developed for the CLA. By enacting a kicking motion under the rear end of the car, the boot will open for you, a seamless hands-free experience.
The coupe model also has rimless windows, adding to the sleek design of black gloss and brushed chrome, creating a comfortable ride that doesn’t hesitate to make you look stylish. Not only aesthetically pleasing, the CLA is more than equipped with various technologies. A unique driving experience incorporates three styles of driving: comfort mode, eco mode, and sport mode. Incredibly, when placed in eco mode, the car alerts you to how many miles you are saving – contributing to bettering the carbon footprint. When in the cabin, noise refuses to permeate, creating a seamless and quiet ride.
Hands-free accessibility sets this car apart, with two 10.25 inch screens that can be personalised features that you value. Each screen has a specific function, the right one being used for entertainment features and the left acting as a customisable dashboard. In-car controls can be used through a variety of methods. The car has a touch screen, a mouse pad on the steering wheel as well as having voice-activated controls in the form of the MBUX.
The MBUX system or Mercedes-Benz User Experience integrates AI technology for a luxurious experience. Commands include temperature adjustments for the car to activating navigation systems. ‘Hey Mercedes’ is the only command the voice assistant needs to make your car ride and even smoother drive. The Mercedes-Benz CLA 200 AMG is a wonderful addition to the Mercedes-Benz family.
A Sleek SUV: The Mercedes-Benz GLE 300D 4MATIC AMG
Mercedes-Benz is famous for its luxurious saloon cars, but their SUVs are dominating the market as well. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 300D 4MATIC AMG is the perfect example of performance meeting power. A nine-speed automatic gearbox that can be changed to manual, it has multiple settings that provide options for towing and off-roading capabilities.
The car is spacious and highly functioning. With an option for seven seats, boot size is premium, with 690 litres available when the seats are up, and a generous 825 litres when the seats are down. Split into three rows, the middle section can be moved from the boot as well at the touch of a button, providing extra legroom for those who need it if the back seats are placed down. Seats can also be adjusted by extra buttons on the handles of the doors with ease.
The GLE 300D comes with increased storage space by means of cubbies and coffee holders, a unique space to hold sunglasses. LED lights frame the car, and come as standard, with a range of up to 650 metres. Being an SUV, the car is larger than a standard vehicle and comes with a step included for access.
Not to be outdone by its physical features, the GLE 300D is brimming with technological features that set it apart. It is the first in its range to benefit from the MBUX system, that provides the ‘Hey Mercedes’ feature which can be used to access the car’s software. With two 12.3 inch screens that provide media capacities as well as a dashboard, the GLE 300D reflects the advanced heights at which Mercedes-Benz is performing to provide the ultimate luxury experience for its customers.
One of the many personal features that the GLE 300D hosts is profiles. Profiles can be set up to reflect your personal adjustments. These can be activated via the touch screen in the car. The new Mercedes-Benz has incorporated ambient lighting that can be personalised to suit the driver’s needs. With a range of 64 colours, the lighting adds to the already stylish aesthetic. The Mercedes-Benz GLE 300D presents the perfect option for those who enjoy luxury and function.
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