I took the cla45 out on a 40 min test drive, came away dissapointed. It would have been my next logical step after the TT RS as it seems like theres no confirmed plans of an rs3 saloon. The car did not seem as quick as people were reporting and the sound wasnt as great as people were stating also. Yes there were nice crackles on upshift but the rest of the sound was a bit "meh". It is a 4 cylinder engine after all. I put down the feeling of it being slow down to 2 things.
1. Test drive during the day with traffic so could not stretch its legs fully
2. I was coming from a modded TT RS which was a bit of a rocketship.
Nonetheless, I decided to give the CLA45 another chance as I loved the styling, the dealer gave me the shooting break version for an overnight test drive. Handling wise it is very good, very darty! However the feeling of it being slow was still there even when wrung out. It was confirmed later that night when a friend brought his DSG golf R out for a few runs on a private road. The Golf only had 600 miles or so on it, the cla could not put any distance on it, maybe a car length up to 160? I understand the CLA is heavier than the a45 and the shooting break even more so....but where is that extra 60bhp going? Before we went out in both cars my friend drove the cla45, his words simply were " is that it?!" when planting his foot in the CLA45.
In the end I had to make a decision, s3 saloon, wait for a possible rs3 saloon, or order the rs3 sportback. I had to act fast as I have a kid on the way and could not keep waiting around for something that may never turn up.
s3 saloon - I LOVE the look of the s3 saloon, proportions are probably the best I have seen on any road car, drove another friends mapped golf r (APR mapped to 380bhp) and it hauled ***! The would be, map, spacers and lowering and I would be happy. But what if an rs3 pulled up next to me at the lights???!!!
RS3 saloon - would be THE PERFECT car for me, that engine with the saloon body.....yes please! Will it ever turn up?
RS3 sportback - In the end the 5 cylinder engine was calling me to return
. I saw an rs3 sportback at geneva and quite liked it. Now having seen the rs3 which nicer spec (wheels colour etc) in person I am happy with my choice I made. However my first choice would have been an rs3 saloon. Maybe I will change in a couple of years if it does turn up....