The mid-life changes to the CLA and CLA Shooting Brake are predictably subtle, extending to mild exterior styling tweaks, revised interior trims, updated connectivity options and a wider range of engine choices. These include an updated version of the range-topping CLA 45 4Matic’s turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine delivering an added 21bhp at 376bhp.
The 2016-model-year CLA is visually different from the existing three-year-old model by a new grille insert featuring diamond-shaped elements and a re-profiled front bumper with either a silver, black or chrome highlight. The rear-end styling has also been lightly updated with a new trim strip between the tailpipes, which are now integrated into the rear bumper.
Buyers have the choice of optional LED headlights, a hands-free opening function for the boot (CLA saloon) or tailgate (CLA Shooting Brake), five different optional 18in alloy wheel designs as well as a new blue metallic exterior colour.