2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Interior
This interior review was written when the 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class was new.
Although most reviewers agree that the CL has comfortable front seats, plenty of convenience features and practical cargo room, many complain of cramped accommodations in the rear and say that its COMAND multimedia interface can be difficult to use.
- "The controls, vents and various buttons all have a good, solid feel to them. That's to be expected, but some automakers miss the details. Mercedes doesn't. "--Cars.com
While critics find the CL's front seats comfortable, many criticize its rear seat for being cramped and lacking sufficient legroom for taller adults. The CL has seating for four.
- "Room in the backseat is worth mentioning: It's tolerable, but I wanted more space for my feet and a touch more headroom. I'm just over 6 feet tall, so folks of more average height might be slightly more comfortable. Larger people, though, should only be expected to ride short distances in the rear of the CL. "--Cars.com
- "A wide range of steering wheel and seat adjustability, as well as heated and ventilated front seats, make traveling comfortable for trips of any length in a variety of climates. The rear seat is well shaped and offers considerably more room for passengers than the BMW 6 Series, though it's got nothing on the Porsche Panamera's business-class rear accommodations." -- Edmunds
- "Space is generous on CL's broad, supportive [front] seats. Multiple standard power adjustments make it easy to find a comfortable driving position. Heated and ventilated seats, 'massaging' air bladders, and automatic-inflating side bolsters are standard or available, but not all of our testers feel they enhance comfort. ... The rear seat is shaped only for two and cramped for even average-size adults. Entry and exit is tight despite power-forward front seats." -- Consumer Guide
- "The rear seats are full-sized, but legroom might be snug if the front occupants require anything more than average legroom." -- Kelley Blue Book
The CL features a wide array of modern convenience features, including a 600-watt, 11-speaker Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 digital surround-sound system. Though many find its COMAND multimedia system easier to use than BMW's iDrive and Audi's MMI, some critics admit that it's still difficult to use.
- "Mercedes uses its Comand multifunction knob and display to control navigation, audio and some seat settings, in lieu of a touch-screen. The car also provides enough buttons for things like fan speed, defroster and radio volume that you only have to use Comand for a few select functions. It's a well-integrated system (more on the gadgets later), but the immediate effect is that it creates a very clean, uncluttered interior. "--Cars.com
- "Most major controls are logically placed and easy to reach. Mercedes' COMAND system integrates many audio, navigation, and other secondary controls into a single rotary-knob controlled interface. With patience, COMAND becomes second nature for audio functions, but it greatly complicates others." -- Consumer Guide
- "[Command is] Complex until thoroughly understood, it is the brains behind the CL550's entertainment, GPS, radio, communications and component settings systems. Via the controller 'mouse,' menus are displayed on an eight-inch pivoting screen." -- Kelley Blue Book
The CL provides 13.5 cubic feet of cargo space. Thought that’s not as much cargo space as sedans in the class offer, it’s good for a sporty coupe.
- "The trunk is not cavernous, but it has a useful shape and is luxuriously finished. Interior storage includes deep door pockets, multi-chambered center console, and a large glovebox." -- Consumer Guide