2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test


2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Accommodating Center Console

June 25, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

To those used to older Benzes with their floor-mounted gear selectors, Mercedes' new age column-mounted shifter as seen on our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 may seem really weird. And indeed, with its push-the-end-button to engage park operation, it can seem even more so at first. But it doesn't take long to get used to it and there is a benefit that most folks will likely appreciate on a daily basis.

The chief benefit of this setup is that it frees up center console space. So instead of having to use cupholders for the wallet, phone, garage opener and pack 'o gum, this setup frees up that space normally reserved for a gear selector. Here in the CLA, that real estate is used for a cubby that accommodates all of those items, leaving the cupholders to do their thing.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 10,756 miles

Comments

  • nomercy346 nomercy346 Posts:

    hooray for column shifters! maybe we can get some more of them back.

  • fordson1 fordson1 Posts:

    Yeah, lets get that pesky gear selector out of the way to free up some real estate for the important stuff - the iPhone 5S.

  • boloti boloti Posts:

    John, you know you have your wallet inside a "big gulp" cup-holder - right ?

  • Also a nod to Mercedes-Benz heritage since many of their cars from the 1950s and 1960s had column shifters... ![](http://cdn.vanillaforums.com/edmunds.vanillaforums.com/editor/44/4qcq3bgt5t8r.jpg "")

  • If you must replace the traditional shifter with an electronic selector this makes more sense than BMW's version. BMW decided to put the electronic selector in the same spot as the traditional one taking up the same space.

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