2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Cramped Pedal Box
July 16, 2014
Other than perhaps the itty-bitty Lotus Elise, I can't remember I car that has given me the kind of trouble I'm having with our 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250.
My feet don't fit.
Make that foot, because it's just the one. My right shoe rubs the side of the brake pedal and snags the edge all the time. There's a tiny gap if you study the image, but it's not big enough, especially as I pivot my foot off the brake and onto the gas.
I tried splaying my feet more and rolling my ankle a bit, but it was uncomfortable and it didn't help much. The pedal spacing is simply too tight. The CLA's central "transmission" tunnel is fairly broad and intrusive, but the right edge of the brake pedal has not been adjusted leftward to compensate.
Sure, I have big feet. These shoes are size 13. But they're also the standard width.
Thing is, I've worn these same black Asics trainers for the last three years (different pairs, of course) because of a chronic heel problem. That's another way of saying I've judged every car I've driven in that time with the same shoes.
And the Mercedes CLA250 stands alone. This would be grounds for an immediate U-turn and a "Thanks, but no thanks" if this had been a real-life test drive.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 11,712 miles