Aftermarket Looks, Mercedes Performance - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Aftermarket Looks, Mercedes Performance

May 9, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

There's been quite a bit of talk about the navigation screen in our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. Some say it looks tacked on, like something you would get when you order up a rental car with a Garmin setup.

Sure, it's a different way of adding a screen to the dashboard, but I don't mind it much, mainly because it works so well. The graphics are clear, the menus are easy to navigate and the screen itself is right in your line of sight.  

Would a more integrated setup look better? Maybe. Would it save any space or make a difference in how it functions? Not really.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor @ 7,890 miles


  • mrryte mrryte Posts:

    My question: How long before it starts rattling?

  • shindig4 shindig4 Posts:

    I'm not against this "tacked on" look. It lets the designers place the screen higher up while keeping the overall dashboard lower and (subjectively) more stylish.

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    I can just see some tweaker breaking in to steal it and trashing the dash because he thought it was an add-on.

  • Exactly what bankerdanny said. In LA people bust into cars stealing portable navs. This looks like a portable nav.

  • Not a fan of the add on look. Hate when people do things half assed. If you're not going to take the time and money to integrate it into the dash then they shouldn't have bothered to do it at all.

  • everett2 everett2 Posts:

    Looks like hell.

  • bc1960 bc1960 Posts:

    It looks a tacked-on afterthought as much as the steering wheel does--I like the floating effect and reduction of surrounding, functionless mass.

  • jaguar36 jaguar36 Posts:

    Looks like crap, I don't understand why all the luxury makers seem to be going this way.

  • natt_ natt_ Posts:

    Actually, mine starts to squeak a little bit over rough/bumpy roads. Now, I wish I didn't add on the navi package because I could just wait for the Apple CarPlay and save $$$ :(

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    This seems to be the MB look going forward. Even the current G wagen has the same screen.

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