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Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake versus VW Golf Variant R.

Hans-Dieter Seufert
CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake vs. Golf Variant R
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C ool. Spectacular. Sensational. When was the last time you associated these terms with a station wagon? With the increasing success of SUVs, station wagons seem to be slowly getting an image problem. You can no longer easily convert advantages such as the large trunk with low loading sill and the high agility with good suspension comfort into sales success. So what to do Extroverted design like the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake with 360 PS helps. In terms of looks, it really has nothing in common with a traditional sports suit like the VW Golf Variant R.

When the AMG shoots itself out of the starting block via Launch Control, it has something of a jet start. And like in an airplane, you have to follow the correct procedure. ESP: sport. Dual clutch transmission: manual mode. Brake pedal: depressed to the stop (with the left foot). Shift paddles: first pull both, then only the right one again. Full throttle!

Stationary noise: 103 decibels

When the four-cylinder in the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake rattles in the limiter at 4,000 rpm, take another deep breath; you need them to equalize the pressure in a state of emergency. Immediately when your foot slips off the brakes. Then the turbo whistles, the engine roars, the four powered tires scrape, your head punches against the high seat back - it presses the air out of your lungs.

Cool. Spectacular. Sensational. Yes, exactly, in a station wagon. Well, it works: Obviously you just have to leave AMG on, and then the missing drama will come all by itself. 360 hp and 450 Nm - record among the standard two-liter turbos. 4.9 seconds to 100 km /h - record among the compact station wagons. And 103 decibels for stationary noise - a record among the four-cylinder.

VW Golf R Variant is wild

You can get emotion out of the bread and butter engines, especially in Connection with automated transmissions. Whirring from the engine compartment, pipes from the exhaust pipe, a dull bang when shifting gears - only fun brakes complain about the pubescent riot. You would probably not be happy with a Golf R Variant either.

It has everything a station wagon needs: easy entry, plenty of transport space, a low loading sill and sufficient payload. And it also offers a lot of what makes a modern bestseller in the compact class: Plenty of multimedia options, comfortable rear seats, good clarity and aeasy to understand operation. He therefore easily scores the body and comfort rating. But it doesn't define itself by it: the VW Golf Variant R only corresponds to the Golf worldview at first glance.

That perfectionist functionality prudence for which practically every VW is famous is overlaid by a naive wildness that steel the character. The balanced suspension comfort gives way to a spicy tautness - the adaptive shock absorbers cope with unevenness hardly better than the conventional sports suspension of the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake.

And the all-wheel-armored VW Golf Variant R is allowed to do what the other VWs forbidden is: Load changes from the fully deactivatable ESP unbridled through the curves until the rear peeps mischievously out of the slipstream. No safety-related understeer when turning. Zack, into the curve - and out again with pressure. For a front-wheel drive company, VW tunes the all-wheel drive of the Golf Variant R to be pretty rear-heavy.

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG has the driving dynamics just one step ahead

And the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake? He should drive it even wilder, after all, AMG can look back on a pure rear-wheel drive past up to the first A-Class. The Shooting Brake also drives the rear axle, but not only and not always. It is switched on by a hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch and may intervene in the traction process at most half. And yet it feels like it mixes in a lot.

Lahr, Black Forest, test track: the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake pushes the rear of the vehicle when it jumps into the first pylon lane - to make it stand out when it comes to second lane . Even with the ESP switched on, you have to open the steering quickly, countersteer sharply in the sport position and even be prepared for a counterattack when the driving aid is deactivated. This is driving behavior for advanced drivers.

Likewise Black Forest, but now Landstrasse. Hottie, juchhe! The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake whirls around as if it had less than 92 kilograms to carry than the VW Golf Variant R. Wide awake, direct, precise. Almost like the descendant of a racing touring car. Or a converted Nordschleife berserker. Lifting the gas foot is enough, and the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake turns, drives through the curve without corrective saws, sends rich feedback via the steering. That gives a lot of points reward for driving fun and ensures a small profit in the chapter driving behavior.

Nudging the rear promptly

And the VW Golf Variant R? In the simulated lane change, it even delivers significantly better driving dynamics values. He looks serene on a closed-off route, carves tightly around the cones and arrows at ten km /h more through the course. Orderly. Fast. But not that spectacular.

The VW Golf Variant R only reveals its wild character where millimeter precision is not required. Where it is not about times. Where you can consciously give your stern a nudge, and happily steer it. With the ESP switched off, it could even be pushed into drift; but on the country road we content ourselves with a silent hint.

Yes, the VW Golf Variant R is wild. But the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake is wilder. Untamed. Moving away from the mainstream even further - and ultimately sporting it. Apart from the lax design of the rear axle, it is completely Mercedes in the safety chapter, sets the standard for the assistance systems, hits the brakes even more relentlessly than the VW Golf Variant R.

Mercedes CLA 45 AMG loses 60 HP power surplus with the space concept

and above all 70 Nm pulverize the extra weight. With its harsh acceleration and rousing power delivery, the Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake takes the drive rating - especially since the consumption is only so much higher that it does not have a negative impact on the assessment except for the sub-item CO2 (well-to-wheel).

The fact that the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake lags behind in the property rating is more a result of its body design: the coupé-like curved roof gives it a really unique character, but costs interior space and transport capacity and severely restricts the rear view .

The concept, which shows weaknesses in the scoring, should, however, develop its strengths in the market: The Mercedes CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake, with its otherness, is the optically most attractive variant of a compact station wagon for many interested parties - and a larger one Load volume would not be much more than a nice bonus to his provocative appearance.

With the Ko For the most part, the Golf will remain a Golf

The final issue of costs remains. Star lovers know that their favorites rarely fare well here. For Mercedes in general, and for the CLA 45 AMG Shooting Brake in particular, this is due to the high list price. On the other hand, the costs for fully comprehensive insurance and workshop visits are higher.

In this way, the VW is expanding its lead even further. Especially as the Golf Variant R, it is still a classic all-rounder; but one who adds a refreshing amount of wildness to his golf being.

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