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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
lavish four-passenger interior
Kelley Blue Book
tight rear-seat space
Car and Driver
responds with typical luxury car motions
High style incurs some sacrifice with the CLS, particularly in the backseat. The tapered roofline cuts marginally into headroom in the front, where heated and ventilated front seats pocket passengers deeply behind a tall dash. The optional massaging front seats mean the front-seat passengers can "expect a comfortable ride in the true luxury sense," Cars.com says.
It's the rear seats that can inspire second thoughts; Kelley Blue Book reports "a long center console runs from front to back, dividing the cabin in two and giving both backseat passengers places to call their own, while four-zone climate control helps to ensure everyone remains comfortable." Automobile observes, "The back seats are set low to clear the sloping roofline, but deeply scooped-out front seatbacks leave sufficient leg-room for six-footers." In addition, the "coupe like roof line and tighter door openings can make getting in and out of the rear seats more difficult." ConsumerGuide warns there is "little head space for those over 5-ft-9. Knee and leg room get tight for adults with front seats pushed well back."
Trunk room is acceptable. Kelley Blue Book says the CLS has 15.9 cubic feet of cargo space, but ConsumerGuide points out that the space is not particularly efficient; the trunk of the Mercedes-Benz CLS is "long and wide, but not very tall," making it difficult to fit larger hard suitcases. However, there is "decent cabin storage" that includes "large, covered bins front and rear."
The 2010 CLS lives up to quality expectations, too. Kelley Blue Book is impressed by "impeccable dash stitching," and ConsumerGuide admires its "top-notch workmanship, elegant leather upholstery, numerous padded surfaces, and liberal use of soft-touch materials." Car and Driver observes that "even at wide-open throttle, your ears aren't exactly pummeled by sound," and even though the V-8 produces "enough volume to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand at attention...the sound remains refined by staying at some remove."
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS has sumptuous accommodations for four, but those in the backseat might be squeezed a bit.