2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: No Rear Center Armrest

January 29, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

You do not buy the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA for its back seat. The legroom is acceptable, but the sloped roofline will leave you slouching. Frankly, that's OK. For many, including myself, a back seat is an occasional-use feature. The fact that it exists, and that its rear doors gain access to it, are sufficient. If you need more, buy something with headroom and the blockier styling that goes with it.

Having said that, the CLA has no rear center armrest. It's a common feature, and headroom or no, it's a puzzling omission. My cramped and/or short rear passengers should at least be afforded the dignity of a well-rested elbow.

James Riswick, Automotive Editor

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