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MSRP: $72,100 - $106,500
Invoice: $67,053 - $99,045
MPG: 18 City / 27 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Interior

Test drivers are impressed with the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class' cabin, saying that it has a premium look and feel befitting its price tag. Reviewers like the numerous soft-touch surfaces, attractive wood and carbon fiber trim, complex stitching on door panels and seats and beautiful leather upholstery and trim. While it is attractive, many reviewers note that the CLS' cabin is not especially practical for those who frequently ferry passengers, as its rear quarters only have two seats that offer limited head- and legroom.

  • "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
  • "Inside, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS offers all the lavishness and technology one would expect at this price point. Elevated levels of detail can be found in the dash design, the intricate stitching on the seats and door panels, and the unique wood trim colors and textures." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)

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Seating

The CLS-Class seats four and comes standard with leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. A massaging driver seat and ventilated front seats are optional. Reviewers write that the front seats are comfortable and have ample support to keep occupants in place through fast turns. Many critics say the back seats are not so hospitable, citing limited headroom and legroom.

  • "Seats are highly bolstered and designed for both spirited driving and long-distance cruising. However, don't look for matching comfort in the rear seat area, where both headroom and legroom are in short supply." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "These limitations are readily apparent in the CLS-Class sedan's backseat, which can accommodate only two passengers and isn't comfortable for full-size adults. The car's high beltline and small rear windows make it feel even smaller, and compared to the more conventional E-Class sedan, you lose a full inch of rear headroom." -- Edmunds
  • "The rear seat also suffers for the car's styling, and offers seating for only two, not three. Headroom is tight for anyone over 6-feet tall, and legroom is generally good, but it shrinks significantly for adults when tall occupants sit up front." -- Consumer Guide (2013)

Interior Features

Standard features on the CLS550 include dual-zone automatic climate control, a 14-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, navigation with an 80-GB hard drive, Bluetooth, a USB port and HD Radio. Options include a rearview camera, active blind spot monitoring and lane keeping assist. A 15-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo system is available in the CLS63 AMG.

Some test drivers report that COMAND is fairly straightforward, while others find it somewhat distracting and note that it adds needless complication to performing some stereo system commands.

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  • "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 (2013)
  • "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)

Cargo

The CLS-Class has 15.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is less than what its closest rivals like the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera offer. Split-folding rear seats are optional. Though not especially generous in size compared to rivals, reviewers remark that the trunk is fairly spacious. They also note that cabin storage for smaller items is OK, mentioning that the door pockets are small but the center console is deep.

  • "Trunk space is pretty generous, however, with 15.3 cubic feet available." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space is expanded when buyers choose the optional split-folding rear seats. Interior small items storage is adequate, consisting of a deep center console, cupholders, a fairly large glovebox, and small door pockets." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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