2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Intimate or Cramped Interior?
August 20, 2014
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 is pretty small compared to most other cars on the road. For the interior, that translates into a seating environment that could be described as either cramped or intimate depending on your viewpoint.
This isn't to say that the driving position isn't conducive for tall people. Our own 6-foot-3 James Riswick took our CLA on a California road trip earlier this year and noted how the seats were "absolutely superb." But when you're seated in the CLA's driver seat, the all-around space will seem more like a small coupe's rather than the stretch-out space provided by a traditional luxury sedan.
If you've got passengers, they're going to be close. The center console is narrow, so you're very close to your front passenger. Do you like that person? Great, hold hands if you like. It's easily done. But what if that person is your annoying coworker who you have to take to lunch? He smells like unshowered BO and keeps prattling on about how awesome he is. Yep, it's going to be a one long trip to The Cheesecake Factory in your CLA.
Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor @ 13,556 miles