It’s hard not to be wowed by the CLA’s interior, especially if you’ve got the twin 10.3in screens. The graphics are lemon-sharp and the infotainment system is easy to navigate thanks to its sensibly laid out menus, physical shortcut buttons and responsive touchpads. It’s certainly far better than Lexus’s similar system and many functions can be operated using voice commands.
The CLA earns a bonus point for providing wireless phone charging, located in a handy tray located in front of the main infotainment touchpad. Unfortunately, we’ll have to take that point away again because only USB ‘C’ sockets are offered for wired connections. You’ll need an adapter to plug in a larger USB connector.
As for quality, there are some cheaper plastics if you really go looking for them, but all the areas you’ll frequently interact with feel suitably plush, even if overall quality can’t quite match that of the Audi A3 Saloon. Still, you’ll probably be far too distracted by the ambient lighting, flashy air vents and classy wood or metal finishes for this to matter.
Whether you’re tall or short, it won’t be too tricky to find a driving position that works for you. There’s plenty of reach and rake adjustment in the steering wheel and the seats provide tonnes of adjustment for height, backrest angle and under-thigh support.