What is it?
A further extension of Mercedes' small car line-up. The car maker proved estates needn't be boxy two years ago with its CLS Shooting Brake but this CLA version offers all of the style without as much price. Here we drive the range-topping 45 AMG.
Underneath the sculpted bonnet sits the same 355bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine and seven-speed auto 'box you'll find in both the A 45 and CLA 45 AMG models. On paper, 62mph from standstill arrives in an all-wheels-driven 4.7 seconds which, despite the Shooting Brake's extra 30kg of weight, is equal to the coupé and only fractionally slower than the A-Class.
Dogs have more reason to be worried because, behind the rear seats, sits a bigger 495-litre boot that can be increased 100 litres by adjusting the rear seats to a more upright 'cargo' position. Folding down those same seats increases the space to 1354 litres.
Sharp looks, big performance and space for Milo. It all sounds like one-car garage material but will the Shooting Brake prove as fun to drive as its CLA 45 AMG stablemates and, at £43,120, is it worth spending the extra for the privilege?