Coldly considering the Shooting Brake from its spec sheet is not the most helpful way to understand what it is. Like the CLA saloon that spawned it, the car doesn’t quite measure up in terms of segment positioning, by which we mean it’s too big and too expensive for one class and possibly a little too mediocre underneath for another. Better, then, to forget how you might characterise the model and simply decide whether you like its looks.
Mercedes wants the CLA to make less sense and for you to simply want one. That decision made – typically on the basis of the plunging D-pillars used to great acclaim on the CLS – Mercedes will furnish you with the facts to back it up.
Several of these are no-brainers. A wagon’s profile means that the Shooting Brake’s back-row occupants should get 40mm more head room compared with the CLA saloon, while rear access is a little easier because the doors are slightly bigger.
Load space swells too, with 495 litres (a quoted capacity five litres superior to that of the C-Class) now on offer with the rear seats up and 1354 litres in total with them down.