2008 Mercedes-Benz 300-Class Long-Term Road Test


2008 Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport: Armrests/Console Storage Bin

July 16, 2008

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Let's talk about front-seat storage. That red arrow points to the button on the driver side which opens the center console storage area in our long-term Mercedes-Benz C300 Sport. There's an identical button for the front passenger. The placement of the button so far back makes pushing it rather awkward, which is my main nit-picky complaint, but it works just fine (unlike our long-term BMW X5's).

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When closed, the armrests (which serve as doors to the storage bin) are comfortable enough, though I personally never really use armrests when I'm driving, so they could be covered in stinging nettles and angry jellyfish and I wouldn't notice. But that's just me.

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Pushing the button makes the armrests open from the center, causing the driver or passenger to have to peer over the door if he or she wants to see what's in there. I recommend exploring by feel, as long as you don't regularly keep double-edged razor blades in there.

The main bin has a flocked surface and is roomy without being cavernous. It hits a good balance between annoyingly small and useless storage bins and black holes of roominess that require a professional organizer to save you from your Starbucks receipts. There's also a smaller, deck-of-cards-sized space (below the cupholders in this picture) with a rubbery, removable insert for easy cleaning. Perfect for parking lot tickets and change.

Bryn MacKinnon, Senior Editor, Edmunds.com @ 12,497 miles

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