Interior compromises are few enough on the Mercedes-Benz CLS that it will be a rare occasion when the coupé element restricts usability as long as no more than four want to travel – there’s space in the back for only two. Rear passenger space is generous, though, with sculpted seats that are comfortable and snug while also offering plenty of leg, head and elbow room, even for two six-footers. Getting in and out will require some dexterity from rear passengers, though, due to the low, sloping roof.
In the front, there is a sense of subdued quality that has become the norm in modern Mercedes. Many elements are recognisable from the E-Class, including the main switchgear and control system, but the dash is unique to the CLS and makes for a suitably high-end appearance and atmosphere.
On the equipment front, there is only two - AMG Line which is available on a majority of the range, while the CLS 63 S AMG gets its own trim level. The AMG Line trim endows the CLS with 19in alloy wheels, a sporty bodykit, a sport-tuned suspension, LED headlights and perforated front brake discs on the outside as standard, while inside there is heated front sports seats, alloy pedals, leather upholstery, DAB radio, EasyPack quick fold rear seats and Mercedes' Comand infotainment system.