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2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class was new.

The 2008 Mercedes Benz CLS is noted for its luxurious cabin. Automobile Magazine says inside, "the seats and creature comforts are geared to carry just four passengers in supreme elegance." However, the swooping roof makes backseat space tight and cargo space inconvenient.

Road and Track calls the Benz' interior "warm and inviting" with a slowing theme and a "sweeping dashboard highlighted by natural-grain leather accented with burled walnut trim." They go on to add that the ergonomics of the CLS are "as good as ever." Forbes says the interior is "richly appointed in leather and wood." And MSN notes the cabin gets "virtually no wind noise from the highly aerodynamic body," which adds to the level of cruising comfort.

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Most agree the CLS' front seats pamper. Motor Trend says the driver's seat "is a regal throne." Road and Track adds that all front seats "are upholstered in soft leather, offering excellent lateral hold and are fully adjustable in all directions." MSN mentions that the "big front bucket seats are supportive and controls are within easy reach." However Consumer Guide says the cozy low roof styling of the CLS restricts head space and its low seats make for a difficult entry and exit.

The CLS' back seat is tight for taller riders, but its passengers will find reasonable comfort and plenty of amenities. Automobile Magazine concludes: "Unless you're chauffeuring the type of back-seat passengers who regularly ask fellow motorists for Grey Poupon, they should be pleased with their accommodations." Car and Driver reports there are "two supportive seats back there," but the low, slanted roofline limits leg and headroom. Edmunds calls the rear seats "well shaped and even full-size occupants have adequate space for knees. But 6-footers are a light press fit between the seat cushion and headliner." Kelley Blue Book adds that a "long center console runs from front to back, dividing the cabin in two and giving both backseat passengers places to call their own, while four-zone climate control helps to ensure everyone remains comfortable." However, Cars.com does mention that getting into the backseat is "difficult."

Interior Features

The CLS' interior is well-appointed and lavish, and is filled with top-notch materials and advanced instrumentation. Consumer Guide calls the design layout typical Mercedes, with "a few odd control icons and a steering-column cruise control stalk that can be confused with turn signal level below. Dashboard screen handles many audio and optional navigation controls, often requiring multiple steps for basic functions." When it comes to cabin quality, Road and Track writes: "Take a closer look at the wood trim on the dash. It follows the curvature of the instrument panel, suggesting luxury and elegance." Kelley Blue Book reports, "Large expanses of unique matte burl walnut trim and impeccable dash stitching combine with sculpted perforated seats to convey a purpose that is at once both elegant and spirited."

The 2008 Mercedes Bens CLS comes with a multifunction steering wheel, four-zone climate control, ten-way power adjustable front seats with three-position memory, leather upholstery and hand-finished high-gloss Laurel wood trim, with matte Burl Walnut wood available at no additional cost. The CLS also comes with Mercedes COMAND cockpit management and data system and a harman/kardon LOGIC7 surround-sound entertainment system.


The CLS class comes with 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space that many don't find very useful. Consumer Guide reports the trunk is "long and wide" but not very tall. The opening is tight as well, and "larger hard-sided suitcases may not fit." MSN adds the CLS' trunk has a "low, wide opening. The cargo area is long but rather shallow."

Review Last Updated: 2/4/09

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