The CLA Shooting Brake, like its four-door sibling, offers comfort, lowered comfort and lowered sport suspension tunes, fitted as standard to entry-level, mid-level and top-level Engineered by AMG trim levels respectively.
And given that we found the lowered comfort tune skittish and uncompliant when we sampled it on the CLA saloon, it’s heartening to find a more balanced dynamic compromise here on the range’s baseline comfort setting.
While it still has its shortcomings, the CLA’s ride is much more supple, and its handing more natural, thus configured.
The damping is fairly gentle, just as it should be for a bias towards refinement, and allows its wheels plenty of vertical travel when absorbing bigger lumps and bumps in the road without disturbing the body too much. Body roll is distantly present in the handling mix but doesn’t prevent the car from steering crisply and cornering with poise.
Those standard 18in rims feel a size too big for the car at times, causing the suspension to thump over sharper edges and making for notable road roar over coarser surfaces. But they also grant a nicely judged lateral grip level, which is sweetly balanced between the axles.