2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Interior


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2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 7.4

Auto writers are impressed with the sumptuous materials inside the CLS, as well as its exceptionally comfortable front seats. They often say, however, that the COMAND system, which controls all climate and entertainment functions, is needlessly complicated -- and it’s impossible to order a CLS without it.

  • "Cabin impresses with elegant leather upholstery, expanses of wood trim, numerous padded surfaces, and top-notch workmanship." -- Consumer Guide
  • "Richly appointed in leather and wood." -- Forbes
  • "Avant-garde design inside and out." -- Car and Driver

Seating

The 2010 CLS comes with Mercedes’ extraordinary Multi-Contour front seats as standard equipment. The seats are built around 11 separate air chambers, each of which can be inflated or deflated separately to provide a custom fit. The seats can be equipped with optional heating, cooling, and massaging functions. Reviewers consider them a marvel of comfort. They are also available, however, on the less-expensive E-Class Sedan and Coupe.

Few are as impressed with the rear seats. The car’s coupe-like profile means tight accommodates for rear-seat passengers. Headroom is especially tight in the back. Those who routinely travel with adults in the rear seats will want to consider a car with more adequate rear-seat space, like the BMW 7-Series or Mercedes-Benz’s own S-Class sedan.

  • "Big front bucket seats are supportive and controls are within easy reach." -- MSN
  • Rear seat “headroom is tight for those over about 5-ft-9. Legroom gets tight for adults if front seats are pushed far back. Individual seats are supportive but set low, which, combined with narrow door bottoms, hampers entry and exit." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Power front seats are standard and may be equipped with optional heating and ventilation. Massaging front seats are also optional.” -- Cars.com

Interior Features

The cabin electronics found in the 2010 CLS are appropriate for its high price, but auto writers aren’t impressed with the system drivers must learn in order to control them. Most luxury automakers now provide a single user-interface that controls all climate and entertainment functions, but many reviewers say that Mercedes’ COMAND system is one of the most difficult to master. The German automaker updated the system for 2009, and while some reviewers found the new version an improvement, others do not. The CLS is not available without COMAND. 

Those not pleased with the system might want to note that reviewers often say the MMI controller found in Audi’s A8 is easier to understand -- but those in love with the CLS’ shape might learn to live with COMAND.

  • "Typical Mercedes design layout, with a few odd control icons and a steering-column cruise-control stalk that can be confused with the turn-signal lever below. Dashboard screen handles many audio and navigation controls, often requiring multiple steps for basic functions. We're disappointed to see that Mercedes has discontinued this car's four-zone automatic climate control in favor of a typical two-zone setup." -- Consumer Guide
  • “Most interior functions are controlled via Mercedes' familiar COMAND interface. While the current system is an improvement over previous versions, thanks to mild revisions such as the inclusion of voice-activated functionality, COMAND seems cumbersome when compared to other such systems from rival automakers.” -- Edmunds
  • "The COMAND system evolves with slightly different directional buttons to navigate the menus, new buttons to go back a screen or cancel a function, and the little buttons that used to line the left and right sides of the screen to control various functions are gone. I personally miss those buttons a bit, as most things now have to be navigated to via the round directional switches. There's a bit of a learning curve, but in short order, I and my driving partner both acclimated and at no time did either of us feel the urge to plunge a fist through the screen." -- Motor Trend

Cargo

The CLS’ coupe-like profile leaves it with a small trunk. It offers just 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space -- considerably less than most super-luxury cars offer. The space can’t be expanded, since the rear seat backs do not fold down.

  • "Trunk is long and wide but not very tall, and the rear seatbacks don't fold. The trunk opening is fairly small, so larger items won't fit. Sickle-shaped trunklid hinges intrude a bit but are covered to avoid cargo damage. Cabin storage only average." -- Consumer Guide

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