2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Trunk
September 9, 2014
A few staffers have discovered how useful the Mercedes-Benz CLA250's trunk can be when needed. I found out for myself when I was drafted to help a relative transport some things to her new apartment.
Looking at the somewhat stubby trunk of the junior Benz, I was a bit worried we wouldn't get everything in. In addition to bags of spoils from Target, we had a rolled-up 5-foot x 8-foot area rug, a 32-inch tall tower fan and two very yellow bed rest pillows for lounging around.
On paper, the Benz's 13.1 cubic-feet of cargo capacity is good for a compact car. But inside the trunk, it's the mostly smooth floor and sides that help make it so useable.
Fold down the rear seat backs and you've got a surprisingly capable cargo hauler.
A trunk lid that swings up out of the way when released and gooseneck hinges that swing down into their own enclosures (thus not crushing cargo) are a few other nice features here. As we only had to fold down one side of the rear seat, we still had space for a third passenger.
John DiPietro, Automotive Editor @ 15,367 miles