2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Accommodating Center Console
June 25, 2014
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