Nice Space Saving Trick - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Nice Space Saving Trick

February 6, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

This is the transmission lever in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250. It's a small stalk on the right side of the steering wheel and it does take some getting used to. Various cars from different manufacturers have tried such a setup over the years, but not many have stuck with it.

I'm glad Mercedes did stick with this setup in the CLA. It saves space in the center console, and in a small car like this that matters. Instead of a big console shifter there are two usable cupholders plus a sizable storage bin right where you need it. Feels like a good tradeoff to me.

Ed Hellwig, Executive Editor


  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    I've run into a lot of people over the years who talk about how much they hate this setup, and then it turns out that they have never actually used it. My old S550 had this and so does the E-Class my wife currently has. I love it in both situations. It is so convenient to just give a quick flick with two fingers to change to R or D. Console-mounted gear levers rarely connect directly to a transmission these days anyway and pretty much all cars come with shift paddles. This is a nice way to leverage electronic gear levers to maximize usability.

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    I love this set up. As more cars move to electronic transmissions it makes no sense to have a bulky center console shifter.

  • So we've come all the way back to three-on-the-tree. Hmm... (OK, I guess it's really seven-on-the-tree, but that's not as poetic.)

  • bankerdanny bankerdanny Posts:

    A shift lever on the column, where do those brilliant Germans come up with these ideas?

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    I like it.

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