Likes: It’s cheap to buy and cheap to run. The hatchback has a decently sized boot and the standard kit list is generous.
Dislikes: Dislikes: It's rubbish to drive; engine is weak and has idle vibration. Steering feedback is almost nonexistent and the styling (in sedan form) is a little too goofy for our tastes.
Overall: This is the vehicle for someone that wants to get from point A to B. Everyone else will benefit from the second-hand car market.
Likes: Cheap electric car that’s easy to live with.
Dislikes: It takes literally forever to recharge. The range is not even great compared to the Nissan Leaf. It’s clumsy to drive on faster paced roads and its interior is cramped.
Overall: The only reason to buy this is because it’s cheap. Everyone else will benefit the most from the Nissan Leaf.
Likes: It’s roomy interior with attractive starting price. Standard features are pretty generous.
Dislikes: The sole turbo engine isn’t up for the job. Running costs are so-so and reliability is very iffy.
Dislikes: You can get a 500L with a nice discount but it doesn’t seem worth it.
Likes: The exterior styling is very sleek. The 3.6 engine is the sweet spot of the range. It’s not as bad to drive as the previous generation.
Dislikes: The transmission is too jerky and build quality is iffy. Fit and finish is worrisome as well as resale value.
Overall: The 200 is no longer in production and you can pick up many with deep discounts. Despite the deep discounts your investments aren’t well protected and reliability issues should be factors to consider before buying.
Likes: It’s more stylish than the Audi A3 and certainly roomier as well. AMG version has incredible power, while the entry-level four-cylinder is flexible enough.
Dislikes: The larger alloys produce an overly firm ride. Mercedes is stingy on standard kit and a well kitted CLA is overpriced. Interior fit and finish isn’t even up to Mercedes standards, not to mention the interior is just way too cramped.
Overall: Stick with the Audi A3 which is a more compelling package. It may not have the appeal of the CLA but you get more bang for your buck with the Audi.