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QUALITY | 9 out of 10
the front seats are fantastically comfortable”
assembly quality is flawless”
Backseat doesn't fold forward to extend the cargo area into the cabin
A luxurious and comfortable, though snug, interior and superlative materials and build quality place the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class among the world's best.
Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com unanimously appreciate the top-notch materials and assembly quality on the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class models. Even the typically conservative reviewers at ConsumerGuide declare the "assembly quality is flawless." Edmunds reviewers rave about the "high-quality materials and superb fit and finish" that "quietly bespeak the fact that this is an expensive car." Car and Driver adds, "leather—lots of it—embraces the seats and the headliner" and is "set off with high-quality moldings and chestnut or burled-walnut trim used sparingly in a stylish flourish." The one negative is pointed out by ForbesAutos, which notes that "the only luxury letdown is the rear cup holders that spring from a center folding armrest; made of flimsy-looking plastic, they wouldn't seem out of place in an economy car."
Say the Cars.com reviewers, inside the "cabin is roomy, but there's not a lot of extra headroom," thanks in large part to the "low roofline." Laterally, however, "space is generous on CL's broad, supportive seats," and "multiple standard power adjustments make it easy to find a comfortable driving position," reports ConsumerGuide. Edmunds adds "the front seats are fantastically comfortable, with numerous adjustments as well as heating and, on upper trims, cooling and massage functions."
One of the nice features about the front seats is that they "are smart enough not to crush the legs of tall rear passengers; if the front seats meet resistance when motoring back into place, they stop and move forward slightly," says Cars.com, adding, "the CL550 is more accommodating to rear-seat passengers than many coupes," and it offers "acceptable" seat comfort, though "legroom is tight for tall adults." Most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com indicate that rear space in this Mercedes-Benz 2009 coupe is at a bit more of a premium. ConsumerGuide says it is "cramped for even average-size adults" and warns "entry and exit is tight despite power-forward front seats."
The true storage on the Mercedes-Benz 2009 CL-Class is inside the cabin, where ConsumerGuide says "interior storage includes deep door pockets, multi-chambered center console, and a large glovebox." However, ConsumerGuide testers find "the trunk is not cavernous, but it has a useful shape and is luxuriously finished." Cars.com adds that "the coupe's trunk measures 12.9 cubic feet," but as is "typical of large cars, the backseat doesn't fold forward to extend the cargo area into the cabin." Storage space inside the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is adequate for most functions, though it certainly isn't built to haul cargo.
The high-quality construction of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class does an exceptional job of reducing outside noise during driving. Car and Driver says "there's little noise from the drivetrain, tires, or wind passing by to alert you" to the speed at which you are driving, which they note can have the unfortunate consequence of "numerous traffic citations." ConsumerGuide reports that "V8 or V12, the engines produce classy, mechanical sounds during acceleration and are nearly silent while cruising."
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is close to flawless in quality and comfort—provided you don't use the backseats.