2008 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Interior
This interior review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class was new.
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL's four-seat cabin is handsome and high-quality. It also delivers plenty of luxury and high-tech gadgets, including a standard navigation system and a harman/kardon® audio system.
"The tasteful use of wood and metallic accents, along with impeccable fit and finish, bring old-world class to the big Benz that would give a Bentley a run for its money," says Edmunds. Kelley Blue Book adds, "Luxury abounds door-to-door, floor-to-roof, from the high-gloss wood trim to the small silver dashboard clock elegant enough to wear as a dress watch."
Not many reviews commented on the CL's seats, but those that do are positive. Edmunds describes the leather front bucket seats as "fantastically comfortable, with numerous adjustments as well as heating and, on upper trims, cooling and massage functions." Cars.com calls the front of the cabin roomy, but notes that "there's not a lot of extra headroom" due to a low roofline. For maximum comfort, Mercedes offers optional Drive-Dynamic Multicontour front seats that come with upper and lower side bolster adjustment and a massage setting. Cars.com says the high-tech seats "have firm cushioning and can be set to inflate either the left or right side bolster when cornering in order to keep the driver and front passenger in place during aggressive driving. This last feature is more amusing than useful, and I ended up deactivating it."
The rear seat is large for this class, with Edmunds noting that it offers "considerably more room for occupants than that of the BMW 6 Series." Likewise, Cars.com says the CL "is more accommodating to rear-seat passengers than many coupes." However, they add that "legroom is tight for tall adults." Kelley Blue Book echoes, "The rear seats are full-sized, but legroom might be snug if the front occupants require anything more than average legroom." An added plus: The front seats motor forward to facilitate entry to the rear seats.
Without a doubt, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL is packed with standard luxury features. The CL550 base model comes with a multifunction power-adjustable steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, 14-way power-adjustable heated front seats, leather upholstery, hand-polished Burl walnut trim, a 600-watt six-CD harman/kardon® LOGIC7 digital surround-sound system, and a 20-gigabyte navigation system. The CL600 adds premium features including keyless start, a nighttime vision assist system and ventilated front seats.
As for the interior controls, the most controversial element is the COMAND (Cockpit Management and Data) system, which controls the CL's navigation, audio, phone, suspension and other settings. Kelley Blue Book says, the system "requires studying no less than 240-plus pages to decipher the different functions." However, when comparing it to similar systems in other cars, Cars.com says COMAND is "one of the better-executed systems available, with an interface that's easier to use than BMW's iDrive or Audi's Multi Media Interface."
The CL provides 13.5 cubic feet of cargo capacity, which Edmunds says is "more than enough room for a weekend's worth of baggage and golf clubs." Cars.com says that, while the trunk isn't too deep, "lifting up the trunklid reveals a large opening. There's an umbrella holder on the inside of the lid, which has a power-closing feature." A minus -- though not one that's surprising for a large car -- is that the back seat doesn't fold to extend the cargo area into the cabin.