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Estate right? Nope, it’s a Shooting Brake, manufacturer speak for a wagon that puts style before everything else, and often used when a coachbuilder makes something longer-roofed from a sports car or coupe. Apt here then, as the CLA’s gestation is somewhat contrived, it being a ‘four-door coupe’. Spun off from the A-Class, the CLA Shooting Brake only adds to the confusion. Merc’s got form here though, the CLA’s bigger CLS relation similarly conceived, though arguably better executed. Useful then? It’s certainly more useful than the CLA with which it shares everything forward of the B-pillar. Unsurprisingly the boot’s bigger, though only by 25 litres. Where the Shooting Brake wins is its folding seats, which allow more carrying capacity - 1354 litres if you’re counting.