Mercedes-Benz CLA review

Category: Executive car

Section: Interior

Available fuel types:petrol, hybrid
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  • Mercedes CLA 2020 RHD front seats
  • Mercedes CLA 2020 RHD boot open
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Interior

The interior layout, fit and finish

The interior of the CLA offers a serious wow factor, especially if you specify it with dual 10.3in screens (as standard, the infotainment screen is that size, but instrumentation is displayed on a 7.0in monitor).

It helps that the graphics are lemon-sharp. And usability is similarly impressive, because the various menus are logically laid out, and you can choose between pressing the onscreen icons, scrolling with responsive touchpads or issuing voice commands to a system that recognises natural speech instead of requiring you to remember specific phrases.

The CLA also provides wireless phone charging, via a handy tray located in front of the main infotainment touchpad. Similarly cutting-edge is Mercedes’ standardisation on USB ‘C’ sockets, the drawback being that you’ll probably need to buy an adaptor before you can plug in most of your devices.

More positively, whether you’re tall or short, it won’t be too tricky to find a driving position that works for you, thanks to a wide range of adjustment for the steering wheel and seat, and good under-thigh support.

Meanwhile, the relaxing ambient lighting, flashy air vents and classy wood or metal finishes mean that the CLA outguns the Audi A5 Sportback and the Volkswagen Arteon on interior pizzazz points. However, in terms of outright build quality inside, the Mercedes does have some flimsy-feeling materials here and there, and is no match for the Audi in this regard; the A5 feels far more solid and robust throughout.

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