Definitely an estate. Isn't a shooting brake a 3 door estate? Whatever, I don't like Avant/Touring etc....they're all estate cars.
Back to this one, it looks OK from some angles and you can't fault the performance or the effort they've put into the engine, but the A/CLA/CLS are very droopy looking at the front and the sloping/droopy back end looks very strange.
I really do like the latest Mercs, even these smaller ones.
Whilst BMW seemingly do their utmost to completely ruin any remaining shred of a reputation for making classy, handsome designs and Audi continue to sculpt their SUVs with an industrial turd polisher - it’s Mercedes who are showing them how it’s done.
Model for model, it’s the Merc that's the looker in it’s class
IMHO it's Jaguar that's the looker in every class in which they compete. Nobody does "style" quite like Jag
Not convinced that's still the case re being the looker in each class.
The F-Type is gorgeous but hopelessly packaged rendering it slightly less practical than a chocolate teapot.
The F-Pace looks great as an SVR but tippy-toed and odd in other guises.
The E-Pace looks like an inflated Fiesta.
The I-Pace is a decent effort and distinctive but very odd from some angles
The XF is smart in its various R trims, but less of a looker than its predecessor.
The XE is very bland
The XJ is a good design in the sense that it still doesn't look dated, but I personally hate the piggy little eyes at the front and the rear lights.
However, having thought about it, I agree they are all relatively stylish. Not sure if that isn't just because there are fewer of them about making them less ubiquitous than the German alternatives.
I think the reason they are stylish is that they do not have needless and crappy detailing added on left, right and centre. The shape is pleasing of itself (although I can see what you mean about the E-Pace in lesser trims).
That's where BMW, Audi and Merc for me go wrong - all you really notice are the details and surface shapes added on - the gaping mouth; the chrome; the over-sized grill; the panel with three creases and different surfaces; the rear valance with mysterious knooks and crannies. The details should complement a car, not become the car's main style devices.
This AMG looks great from the back. But it looks like it has melted at the front and back if seen side on or particularly from the rear three-quarters.
Agree with PG on the 2 x CLA pictures, the second angle is why I said it looks droopy.
Jags are nearly cars in the main. I like the lack of fussy detailing, but the rear ends of the saloons and estates look stretched, it's like someone designed the car then realised they couldn't get enough golf clubs in so had to stretch the boot a but.
I don't like the E-Pace or I-Pace all that much, especially in low spec.
The front, low down, photo of the CLA looks particularly bad as the bonnet crease on the right hand side (from the driver's perspective) is too pronounced and it appears as if the headlights are low enough to be considered bumper mounted!
Why do so many people find it necessary to listen to music almost all the time? Planes, trains, working in factories...... beats me. I'm usually the only one on a plane or train looking out of the window "enjoying" the ride. There are some who read, including me sometimes
"Man is the best computer we can put aboard a spacecraft... and the only one that can be mass-produced with unskilled labor. " -Wernher von Braun