2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test


2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Perfect Steering Wheel

February 7, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

You can't underestimate the importance of a car's steering wheel. After all, you're in constant contact with this vital piece of equipment. And the wheel in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 looks and feels just right for me.

In addition to its generous range of tilt and telescopic adjustments, the wheel's smaller overall diameter feels sporty while the rim thickness is meaty enough without feeling like you're holding a Python. The thumb reliefs at 9 and 3 are nice too.

Lastly, it looks damn good, with a small airbag hub, elegant spokes and tasteful metallic accents.

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 2,456 miles

Comments

  • greenpony greenpony Posts:

    But without a place to grip at 6 o'clock, it can't possibly be perfect. What am I supposed to do, stick one finger through that thing?

  • noburgers noburgers Posts:

    a leather-wrapped spot for my thumbs--thumbs up. I recall test-fitting a car and the leather steering wheel was missing leather wrapping precisely at those spots. I could live without the silver-finished portion. Not sure if it will scratch off or not.

  • mercedesfan mercedesfan Posts:

    @noburgers, I believe that metallic portion is actually aluminum, therefore no need to worry about chipping. I could be wrong, but I do know that my wife's E-Class has a similar steering wheel and that thing gets scalding hot if it sits in direct sunlight

  • Why doesn't anyone notice that most all Mercedes steering wheels (including this one) are offset to the right at least slightly and they jut out of the dash at an angle as thought the steering column is pointing vaguely towards the middle of the car instead of straight ahead. This is extremely uncomfortable to me and is unfortunately a "feature" on many vehicles for sale today. I 100% expect the gauges, the steering wheel, and the seat to all line up exactly. Go sit in any Volvo, or the Audi S4/S5/S6/S7, and compare that to this and you'll see what I mean. Lots of other cars line up properly, but Mercedes and Subaru are generally the worst, the new Camaro and all full-size GM pickups are also bad.

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