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has repeatedly had to relearn a simple lesson: An air of European sophistication doesn't make a car sold overseas play in America. The circa 2001 C-Class hatchback was a poor fit, but the GLA and CLA have since then come closer to the right formula for both sides of the Atlantic. The new A-Class, coming to our shores as an A 220 sedan, is even better suited to our tastes.

Note that this isn't a CLA replacement. The CLA is a "four-door coupe", and the A is a proper sedan. They're certainly similar – two front-drive-based four-doors below the C-Class – but the CLA will soldier along for a bit, analogous to the CLS and E-Class situation. So Mercedes says. The new, sharp lines of the A-Class and the age of the CLA, which debuted in 2013, can't be discounted.

Actually, the styling is smooth and clean; a couple of character creases, but everything else is an exercise in reduction. There's a more conventional pertness to the rear, a short overhang without the droop present in the bigger C-Class. Contrast the more unusual proportions of the CLA with the A's smaller, more angular headlights set more flushly into a handsomely upright fascia. Less is more, we think.


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