2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Interior
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Reviewers generally like the interior of the CLK, saying it is an ergonomically-designed space with quality materials and more back seat space than many coupes and convertibles have to offer. A few strange notes are still found -- some site cheap plastic door panels -- but for the most part, the interior is well-reviewed.
- "A combination of luxurious leather, wood and chrome makes up the majority of the CLK's cabin. But although the fit and finish is generally excellent, some of the plastic trim on the upper door panels seems somewhat low-grade for this class." -- Edmunds
- "Generally, the cabin has the look and feel of success. Materials are very good throughout. Soft polyurethane sprayed onto the dashboard provides an attractive appearance and a luxurious feel. Black-stained ash wood trim and black carpet is standard, though traditional burl walnut is available at no charge. Nice touches of wood and gathered leather on the door panels make for a very attractive cabin." -- New Car Test Drive
Most testers find the front seats of the CLK to be appropriate for a luxury car, and many remark that the rear-seat is spacious enough to be functional. The power front seats slide out of the way to make rear-seat access relatively easy.
- "Comfortable front seats," which power out of the way to "make it relatively easy for rear-seat passengers to enter and exit." -- Edmunds
- "When front passengers close the doors, an electric arm on each side of the CLK extends to present the seatbelts, making it easier to reach the belts. The belt presenters retract once the belts are buckled. It works well, though we've seen passengers startled by them." -- New Car Test Drive
- "The front seat is spacious, with multiple adjustments for seats and steering wheel; the back seat will hold two occupants, though as with most two-doors, space is at a premium." -- Forbes
- "We found the CLK's seats offer a wide range of positions, including the ability to raise the seat bottoms to a significant rake. This is a favorite position for long-legged drivers who need more thigh support." -- Kelley Blue Book
The passenger cabin of the 2009 CLK is made of high-quality leather, wood and chrome -- with a touch of hard plastic that some reviewers find off-putting. Mercedes' COMAND driver interface, which controls climate, entertainment and navigation functions through a single device, is not easy for everyone to learn. Mercedes has installed an upgraded, easier-to-use version on most of its cars -- but the CLK still carries an older COMAND design that gave many reviewers headaches.
- "Most controls are easy to use, though the COMAND interface is of an older design, and many functions remain unintuitive even after reading the owner's manual." -- Edmunds
- "Most controls and switches, including climate adjustments and audio, are stacked in the center of the dash above the console. They're easy to locate and big enough to adjust without a lot of concentration. Standard features include digital dual-zone temperature control with a sun sensor to optimize air distribution. The rain-sensing wipers are operated with a stalk on the right side of the steering column." -- New Car Test Drive
- "Clever features abound, such as the electronic arm that extends for front-seat occupants or the power-operated front seats that automatically move forward when the seatbacks are tipped up." -- Kelley Blue Book
The CLK does not offer class-competitive storage space. Coupe models have only a 10 cubic-foot trunk, while convertibles have just nine cubic feet of space. Look elsewhere if you regularly haul large amounts of stuff.
- "In the coupe, the rear seats fold down completely, providing a flat load floor that allows long items to be carried inside the car." -- Edmunds
- "Storage options have improved by Mercedes standards, but come up short when compared with other cars. The two-tiered glove box is large, but the optional CD changer will take up one of the shelves. The center console has two cup holders and a storage bin." -- New Car Test Drive