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2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 – Audio and Infotainment

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 9/5/2018 Eric Stafford
Audio and Infotainment: The Mercedes-AMG CLA45 has a user-friendly infotainment system that costs more with desirable features.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc The Mercedes-AMG CLA45 has a user-friendly infotainment system that costs more with desirable features.

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Every CLA45 is adorned with a floating 8.0-inch infotainment display that is operated by a rotary dial on the center console. Although the Mercedes COMAND interface is attractive and responds quickly, desirable features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto cost extra.

What's New for 2018?

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The CLA45 is still equipped with the same infotainment display and assorted options. While the rotary controller reduces driver distractions, we wish Mercedes made it look and feel more upscale.

Infotainment Features

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Test Results: USB Performance

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Since none of the CLA45's infotainment features have changed for 2018, read our in-depth review of the 2017 model for more details.

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Continue Reading:

• 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 – Overview and Pricing
• Engine and Transmission
• Fuel Economy and Driving Range
• Performance and Driving Impressions
• Interior and Passenger Space
• Audio and Infotainment
• Cargo Space and Storage
• Exterior Design and Dimensions
• Safety and Driver Assistance
• Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
• Video Overview: Interior, Infotainment, Cargo Space

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