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Mercedes CLS saloon (2011-2017) - Interior & comfort

The Mercedes CLS has comfortable leather seats and the driving position is excellent

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3.8 out of 5

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Interior & comfort Rating

4.0 out of 5

Mercedes CLS dashboard

Comfort is definitely a CLS strong point, thanks in part to its luxurious cabin. The car is based on the Mercedes E-Class, but inside it bears more of a resemblance to the larger and plusher Mercedes S-Class, with an interior that features plenty of leather, metal and wood. The cabin has been designed to feel sportier than the E-Class', too. We did find the steering wheel was slightly offset from the driver's seat, which can feel strange sometimes.

Equipment

The two diesel models (the CLS 220 and CLS 350 BlueTEC) come in AMG Line trim. Standard equipment includes 19-inch alloy wheels, LED front and rear lights, DAB digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity, an AMG steering wheel trimmed in Napa leather, heated front sports seats, leather upholstery, parking assistance, rain-sensing windscreen wipers, dual-zone climate control and Mercedes' COMAND online infotainment system, which includes an eight-inch colour display screen and sat-nav.

The petrol CLS 400 comes in its own specific AMG Line specification, which includes an alternative 19-inch alloy wheel design, an electric glass sunroof, an AMG bootlid spoiler, a Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, a reversing camera, 'Memory' and 'Multi-Contour' seat packs, plus red stitching on the black leather throughout the interior.

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The top-of-the-range CLS 63 AMG comes with all the equipment you could ever want, including an AMG bodykit, 19-inch AMG alloy wheels in grey, AMG 'Passion' leather upholstery and Thermotronic climate control.

Options

Options on the entry-level car include air suspension, a 360-degree camera system and upgraded upholstery. CLS 63 AMG customers can specify – among other items – privacy glass and a Bang & Olufsen stereo, as well as carbon-fibre and gloss-black styling packs.

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Richard is a former editor of Carbuyer, as well as sister site DrivingElectric.com, and he's now Deputy Editor at Auto Express. Having spent a decade working in the automotive industry, he understands exactly what makes new car buyers tick.

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