2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test


2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Child Seat Won't Fit

July 28, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Our child safety seat will not fit in the back of the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. This is a rare problem. In fact, our Cadillac ATS was the only other long-term vehicle that shared this flaw. Here's why it doesn't work...

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

One problem is the rake of the seat bottom. It's steep enough that the base of this child seat won't fit flush against the CLA's seatback. There is a considerable gap.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

Another problem is the shape of the CLA seatback. Its integrated headrests slant forward and basically, ensure that my kid seat will never fit. This car does not cut it as a family vehicle in my world.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 11,244 miles

Comments

  • bassracerx bassracerx Posts:

    usually you buy the child seat to fit your vehicle not the other way around.

  • boloti boloti Posts:

    I carry two seats in my CLA just fine... Edmunds editors get spoiled by different cars every day. Regular consumer would get another seat for $100-300 (I did not had to do that) vs. replacing the car he really likes for $30-40K....

  • ruckusrider ruckusrider Posts:

    Most car seats(not sure about this one) do not require the bottom of the car seat to touch the seat back in the forward facing position. A lot of them even allow up to 20% of the seat to hang off the front without affecting the child's safety.

  • sharpend sharpend Posts:

    Come on big spender, you're driving a new Mercedes after all. Spend the dough and get a $600 Mercedes DUO plus child seat.

  • psvt psvt Posts:

    We have a CLA 45 AMG with a front facing child seat. We picked up a Britax seat (same make as the rebranded MB child seat - but saves the logo markup) as you require a top tether that fits around the immobile rear headrests. The top tether is very tight, I would say almost a defect, so we picked up a chain link at Home Depot that can withstand a high amount of force and makes the tether fit (in tandem with the two universal D-ring cartridges for the back-bottom of the seat of course). This makes it a breeze to remove the seat when needed. Also with the fold down seat on the right side, you can fit two passengers, a child, and three snowboards plus boots in the CLA trunk, no troubles. :-)

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