2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA

midsize luxury car / 4-door sedan

2016 Mercedes-Benz CLA 4-door sedan
2015 Mercedes CLA shown

Crash avoidance & mitigation

Headlights
Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle
Optional system
Superior
Standard system
Advanced

Key

  • G
    Good
  • A
    Acceptable
  • M
    Marginal
  • P
    Poor
  • Superior
  • Advanced
  • Basic

Some ratings use a scale of Poor to Good. Others range from Basic to Superior.

Front crash prevention: vehicle-to-vehicle

Ratings are given for 2 different trim variations available on this vehicle.

System details

  • Optional Distronic Plus

Package name

  • Optional Driver Assistance Package

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2015-16 models

Superior
Superior
with optional equipment
  • This system meets the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, this vehicle avoided a collision.

System details

  • Standard Collision Prevention Assist Plus

Overall evaluation

Applies to 2015-16 models

Advanced
Advanced
  • This system does not meet the requirements for forward collision warning.
  • In the 12 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 7 mph.
  • In the 25 mph IIHS test, impact speed was reduced by 22 mph.

How front crash prevention is evaluated

Headlights

Ratings are given for 2 different headlight variations available on this vehicle.

Trim level(s)

  • All trims equipped with Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED taillamps package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was good on the gradual right curve, fair on the sharp right curve and inadequate on both left curves.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims equipped with Bi-Xenon headlamps and LED taillamps package
Low-beam headlight type HID projector
High-beam headlight type HID projector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 69.3 m None
Straightaway left edge 40.3 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 68.1 m None
250m radius left curve, right edge 39.4 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 53.0 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 38.2 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 156.3 m
Straightaway left edge 117.6 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 75.8 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 62.0 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 59.8 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 53.3 m

Trim level(s)

  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Distance at which headlights provide at least 5 lux illumination:
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Low beams
On the straightaway, visibility was inadequate on both sides of the road. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

The low beams never exceeded glare limits.

High beams
On the straightaway, visibility was good on the right side of the road and inadequate on the left side. On curves, visibility was inadequate in all 4 tests.

Technical measurements for this test
Trim level(s)
  • All trims
Low-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
High-beam headlight type Halogen reflector
Curve-adaptive? No
High-beam assist? No
Overall rating
Applies to 2016-18 models
LOW BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Amount glare
exceeded threshold
Straightaway right edge 52.2 m None
Straightaway left edge 21.2 m None
250m radius right curve, right edge 35.7 m None
250m radius left curve, left edge 30.7 m None
150m radius right curve, right edge 30.6 m None
150m radius left curve, left edge 26.7 m None
HIGH BEAMS Average minimum useful
illumination distance (5 lux)
Straightaway right edge 146.8 m
Straightaway left edge 100.2 m
250m radius right curve, right edge 54.3 m
250m radius left curve, left edge 49.7 m
150m radius right curve, right edge 41.0 m
150m radius left curve, left edge 38.6 m

How headlights are evaluated