Yeah but what all are the expenses of leasing a CLA as Noodler said there may be hidden costs to drain my pockets from buying the CLA.
Buying or leasing has its own pro and cons, and you will be paying for it either way.
-no major mechanical problems
-end of contract, dealer takes the car back, saving you the hassle of selling it or trading it in
-you pay for depreciation
-you pay a hefty fee on mileage if you go over the cap
-its not your car
CLA is a nice car. Decent on gas, mildly comfortable, very easy to park on account of how small it is. Cons? It's a budget MB, and it shows.
GL is a really nice car. Supremely comfortable, high road visibility, safer than comparable SUV's, has multiple utility usages (towing, hauling, room for stuff). It's basically a S-class SUV. Cons? It's a 80k+ car, and the cost of repairs will reflect that. As others have said, the air suspension is a weak spot....and that's not counting if the infamous camshaft sprocket issue has been resolved on the M272/M273 engine in that car. It's a gas guzzler -- moving 7000lb isn't easy.
You have to plan out to see if your finances allows for either. Leasing costs a bit more, but then you don't have to worry about surprise bills.
Buying the GL may initially cost less, but the surprise repair bills (especially if you don't work on your own car) and the gas bill will eat you alive....especially on a student budget. Whenever these cars come to my shop, my initial estimate starts
at 4 digit and goes up. Can you afford that on a student budget?
We can only tell you the potential costs of either, and you have to decide if it's within your budget or not.