Mercedes CLS review - Interior, design and technology
Like most modern Mercs, the CLS feels luxurious and built to last. Every model comes loaded with the latest tech, too
As you’d expect, the CLS is beautifully trimmed inside and out, with the finest materials money can buy. Every car gets the widescreen dashboard display from the E-Class, as well as ambient lighting that can alter between 64 different colours. While most owners will choose one and leave it that way, it’s nice to know your car can – if you want – switch from green to pink and back to blue in the blink of an eye.
There’s leather everywhere you look, covering the car from head to toe. The quality of craftsmanship is absolutely excellent, and is on par with the more expensive S-Class saloon. It feels incredibly classy, with well-integrated switchgear and perfectly placed buttons throughout.
Sat-nav, stereo and infotainment
While Mercedes will charge you extra for the biggest digital dash and dials in an E-Class, CLS customers get the twin-screen 12.3-inch displays as standard. Whichever model you choose, you’ll benefit from the huge widescreen display, which comes packed with functionality and connected services.
Every car gets a high-definition reversing camera, and if you opt for the Premium Plus package (£3,895) you’ll add other goodies including a Burmester stereo and the Comand Online infotainment system. The standard sound set-up is pretty good, though – so make sure you need the extra kit before taking the plunge.
In this review
- 1Mercedes CLS reviewThe Mercedes CLS was the original premium four-door coupe, but this third-generation car moves the game on in almost every area
- 2Engines, performance and driveElegant, comfortable and quick, the CLS is a relaxing cruiser, but don’t expect much fun behind the wheel
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsThe CLS is pretty economical for such a large and luxurious car, but insurance premiums are high
- 4Interior, design and technology - currently readingLike most modern Mercs, the CLS feels luxurious and built to last. Every model comes loaded with the latest tech, too
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceYou don’t buy a four-door coupe looking for saloon levels of practicality, but the CLS does a good job of accommodating passengers
- 6Reliability and SafetyMercedes has a solid reputation for reliability and safety – and the new CLS comes loaded with standard kit