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At long last, we now have the Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4Matic in Malaysia, priced at RM268,888 (on-the-road without insurance). It slots in above the non-AMG Line-kitted CLA 200, which goes for RM233,888. So what does the even RM35k premium get you?

The biggest change, of course, is under the bonnet. Out goes the CLA 200’s 156 hp/250 Nm 1.6 litre turbo engine, replaced by a 2.0 litre four-cylinder turbo mill with 211 hp and 350 Nm of torque – the same motor found in the A 250 Sport. Drive goes to all four wheels (hence the 4Matic in the name, unlike the front-wheel drive CLA 200/A 250) via a 7G-DCT dual-clutch transmission.

All that added power and traction means that the CLA 250 Sport 4Matic is considerably quicker than the base model. Zero to 100 km/h is done in just 6.6 seconds, and it goes all the way to 250 km/h. The CLA 200 needs 8.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h, and it tops out at 210 km/h.

As is obvious from the photos, the full AMG Line package comes standard on the CLA 250 Sport. This includes an all-around bodykit (with red Sport highlights), front grille with chrome pins, 18-inch five-spoke AMG wheels (same as on the A 250 Sport) and perforated front disc brakes with red calipers.

Compared to the CLA 200, this one gets a dash of chrome around the windows, as the Night Package is not specified here. As an extension, the side mirrors are finished in body colour instead of black on the lower model. Look closely at the bi-xenon headlamps, and you’ll see that it also gets the Intelligent Lighting System (auto high beam control).

Inside, the CLA 250 Sport offers plenty of red highlights – on the circular air con vents, seat/steering wheel stitching and seat belts – to match the A 250 Sport. Dinamica microfiber/leather combination seats are also on offer as part of the AMG Line/Sport package, as is a flat-bottomed sports steering wheel and alloy pedals.

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Everything else stays the same as per the CLA 200. Audio 20 with an eight-inch screen is standard, along with Bluetooth, manual air conditioning and auto start/stop. Automatic headlamps and wipers, powered front seats with memory function and auto park assist are also included. As before, keyless entry is still missing.

You can compare the CLA models in detail on CarBase.my. So, do you think this Mercedes-Benz CLA 250 Sport 4Matic is worth the price premium?

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