The interior layout, fit and finish
Adding to the regular Mercedes CLA’s already spectacular-looking interior, the CLA 35 gets plenty of racy touches, including a pair of AMG sports seats, an AMG flat-bottomed steering wheel and AMG-specific graphics for the digital instrument dials behind the steering wheel.
The standard manually adjustable driver’s seat combines with plenty of steering wheel reach and rake adjustment to enable drivers of all shapes and sizes to find a comfy seating position. And, if you add the Premium Plus Pack, you get electric front seats with adjustable lumbar support and a memory function.
The CLA 35 comes with a 10.25in infotainment screen as standard, and if you add the Premium Package, the digital instrument display behind the steering wheel is enlarged to 10.25in (from 7.0in) as well. Sitting side by side, these two screens give the appearance of one giant widescreen that stretches across more than half of the dashboard. It's quite a sight – especially at night.
Whichever infotainment screen you choose, you can control it by touch using either the laptop-style touchpad between the front seats or another, much smaller touchpad on the steering wheel. Overall, it’s a good system, with logical menus that are relatively easy to use, even if it can't quite match the iDrive system of the rival BMW M235i Gran Coupe.