There is a choice of three upholstery colours in a mix of fabric and Artico, which is a very convincing man-made leather.
There is a choice of three upholstery colours in a mix of fabric and Artico, which is a very convincing man-made leather. If you want the real thing it comes with heated front seats and will add £1,500 but on the plus side, there is no extra charge for metallic body colours.
Whether it is the SE with the cloth and Artico seat covers, or the Sport which just has the faux leather, the seats are a very snug fit and therefore very supportive should you decide explore the CLC's potential. They are also very, very firm but strangely comfortable.
The front seats have Easy-Entry - a lever that folds and slides the chairs allowing people to get in and out of the two rear seats, which is no easy thing if you are tall because of the low cant-rail. Afterwards the seat returns to its original position. It is a simple thing but some coupes and three-door cars don't have this function.
The rear seats have a 1/3-2/3 split and fold facility that can increase the luggage capacity from 310- to 1,100-litres. Having that amount of space is useful but it just seems wrong to make use of a Mercedes Benz Coupe in that manner.
Although the Mercedes Benz CLC is quite long and legroom is adequate, the car is fairly narrow. Inside, there is just about enough elbow room so that you don't find yourself jostling with the front passenger when changing gear. But on the other side, there is very little space between the seat and the door, which makes it a tight squeeze to get your fingers to the seat's adjusters and the action of turning the steering wheel is a little restricted and could be better.
The split-level fascia is extremely neat and tidy and the large central tunnel provides a platform for the high-level gear change and storage/armrest but disappointingly, the brushed aluminium-effect surrounds and panels are made from hard plastic that is not up to the usual Mercedes Benz quality and therefore a little disappointing. In fact, I would go as far as to say that if it wasn't for the badge, the Mercedes Benz CLC could be from any number of car-makers. Even the check-background dials with red needles, while very smart, do not stand out in declaration that this is a Mercedes Benz.
Mercedes Benz CLC-Class Road Test Data
|Model Reviewed||Mercedes Benz CLC 200 CDi Sport Panorama|
|Colour||Tenorite Grey Metallic|
|Performance (manufacturers data)|
|0 - 62 mph||11.1 Seconds|
|Top Speed||126 mph|
|CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures)||g/km|
|Economy (NEDC Figures)|
|Extra Urban||52.3 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Rating||TBA|
|Warranty||3 years / Unlimited miles|
|Price (when tested on the 27/11/08)||£22,415|