2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Interior
This interior review was written when the 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class was new.
If you’re drawn to the CLS550’s attractive exterior styling, reviewers say that its cabin won’t disappoint. They write that the 2013 CLS550 has a beautifully-crafted interior that’s built with premium materials, which include wood and leather trim, as well as a number of soft-touch surfaces.
- "Given its high prices, the CLS' cabin is predictably very appealing and assembled to the highest standards. Materials include elegant leather upholstery, expanses of wood trim, and numerous padded surfaces." -- Consumer Guide
- "As with the exterior, the CLS cabin takes the current Mercedes-Benz design aesthetic and makes it more organic and curvaceous. Materials are beyond reproach." -- Edmunds
- "From splashes of rich burled wood trim to full leather interior, upscale luxury abounds here." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "The cabin is awash in top-shelf materials and soft-touch surfaces, including a neat carbon fiber look/piano black outfit our CLS550 tester enjoyed." -- Motor Trend (2012)
The 2013 CLS550 seats four, and some reviewers note that the CLS’ sloping roofline still means taller passengers might want more headroom. However, that complaint isn’t unusual for cars with a four-door coupe design, and test drivers say that the CLS550 offers good legroom up front and supportive, comfortable seats. Leather upholstery and power-adjustable heated front seats come standard on the CLS550, while available options include a heated steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats and multicontour front seats with active bolsters and massage.
- "Legroom is ample but headroom gets tight for those over 6-feet tall." -- Consumer Guide
- "With its low, racy roof line and two-passenger backseat, the 2013 Mercedes CLS isn't what we'd call the ideal people carrier. If you frequently ferry people around or have particularly tall friends, opting for an E-Class is probably a wiser idea." -- Edmunds
- "Seats are highly bolstered and designed for both spirited driving and long-distance cruising." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "While the cockpit is a bit on the snug side, Mercedes says head and shoulder room has improved for all four passengers, although you're still going to have jackknife into and out of the back seat if you're in the 90th percentile for height." -- Motor Trend (2012)
The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 comes standard with a sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, navigation and a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, HD and satellite radio, an iPod interface and a CD changer. Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system is also standard, and includes a 7-inch display. Available features include a power trunk lid, automatic high beams, keyless entry with push-button start, a power rear sunshade, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera and blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.
One reviewer thinks that Mercedes’ COMAND multi-media interface still requires too much work to control basic audio and navigation functions. However, others counter that the system is greatly improved over the previous model. Additionally, one test driver praises the CLS550 for its excellent-sounding stereo system.
- "COMAND controls the navigation system through a low, console-mounted dial. COMAND often requires multiple steps for basic functions, which can be distracting. Climate controls are separate, but COMAND absorbs some audio functions, complicating their use." -- Consumer Guide
- "Pampering is on a very high level to save you time and money checking option boxes, so you can count on a killer hi-def sound system, navigation, and lots of electronic assistance." -- Automobile Magazine (2012)
- "The old, fiddly COMAND system used to access the navigation, audio, and telematics is gone, replaced by an iDrive-style controller." -- Car and Driver (2012)
- "The latest-generation of Mercedes COMAND, with its dial located in the center tunnel to access the 7-inch display, is by now familiar Benz fare that works relatively well controlling vehicle features." -- Motor Trend (2012)
The 2013 CLS550 has 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which reviewers generally think is an ample amount of room. However, super luxury cars like the Lexus LS and Hyundai Equus have slightly larger trunks. One test driver writes that the CLS550 offers typical interior storage for small items, which includes a large center console and glovebox.
- "Interior small items storage is adequate, consisting of a deep center console, cupholders, a fairly large glovebox, and small door pockets." -- Consumer Guide
- "Trunk space is pretty generous. ..." -- Edmunds
- "The two rear seats fold down for added utility if needed." -- Motor Trend