2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Interior and Cargo

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Interior & Cargo Rating

2023 CLA-Class Interior

The CLA may be one of Mercedes-Benz's most affordable products, but you certainly wouldn't know that by looking at its interior. Of course, the German automaker has a reputation with regards to its gorgeous cabins, but previously, the CLA drew the short straw when it came to quality. That's all changed, and the way the digital instrument cluster is seamlessly integrated with the central infotainment screen gives the interior an immaculate, modern look. That being said, the CLA is not the most spacious offering in its segment, so while you'll probably get more luxury, you'll get less room on the inside. This a sacrifice that some would happily make, especially when you consider the target market for the CLA-Class interior. If you want space instead of style, buy an A-Class sedan.

2023 CLA-Class Interior Photos

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2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Front Seats
2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Central Console
2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Dashboard

Seating and Interior Space

The CLA may have a stunning interior, but that beauty is crammed into a tight space. While the seating is comfortable and the front perches boast plenty of adjustment, there isn't as much space to work with as there is in some rival vehicles. Eight-way power-adjustable front seats with four-way adjustability for lumbar support are standard and grant those up front 41.8 inches of legroom and 38.5 inches of headroom. But the rear is where occupants are punished, with just 33.9 inches of legroom. Add to this the sloping rear roofline providing only 35.7 inches of rear headroom, and not only is it cramped, but it's difficult to duck in and out of the doorframes as well.

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Interior Dimensions:

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class TrimsCLA 250CLA 250 4MATIC
Headroom Front Seat38.5 in.38.5 in.
Headroom Back Seat35.7 in.35.7 in.
Legroom Front Seat41.8 in.41.8 in.
Legroom Back Seat33.9 in.33.9 in.
Shoulder Room Front55.1 in.55.1 in.
Shoulder Room Rear54 in.54 in.

Interior Colors and Materials

Mercedes-Benz makes a variety of different upholstery and trim options available for the CLA, although the eight available options are far fewer than upper-tier Mercs would receive. Of the eight, two are standard with no-cost options including MB-Tex leatherette in Black or Macchiato Beige. Two other MB-Tex colors are classified as no-cost, but they require you to spec the $2,700 AMG Line package or the $3,100 AMG Line w/Night package before they become available. These two are Neva Grey with Black and Black MB-Tex/microfiber with red stitching. Genuine leather is a $1,450 option, with four hues, namely Black, Bahia Brown, Classic Red and Black, and Titanium Grey with Black, but also requires one of the aforementioned AMG Line packages to be added.

Additionally, four available dash and door trim inserts can be selected from, with linear grain aluminum and longitudinal grain aluminum available at no cost and Black Linden or Brown Walnut carrying a $325 surcharge.

2023 CLA-Class Trunk and Cargo Space

It's not exactly wise to expect a whole lot of trunk space from coupes and the CLA is a fine attestation of this. The CLA is pretty much bested by most of its rivals in this area and that's not particularly surprising given that its trunk offers 11.6 cubic feet of space to work with. This is even less than the 2 Series Gran Coupe's 12 cubes. The trunk will fare well enough for two small bags or one large one but don't expect the CLA to be accommodating for a week-long getaway.

Inside, things are better as the center console has a pair of cupholders, the doors have pockets, and between the front seats, you'll find ample storage for phones, wallets, and more.

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Trunk and Cargo Space Photos

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2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Armrest
2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Glove Box
2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Door Storage

2023 Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class Cargo Dimensions:

Mercedes-Benz CLA-Class TrimsCLA 250CLA 250 4MATIC
Trunk Volume11.6 cu. ft.11.6 cu. ft.

2023 CLA-Class Infotainment and Features


Despite being one of Mercedes-Benz's cheapest products, the CLA comes respectably loaded with standard features. These include a panoramic sunroof, keyless entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control, and 64-color ambient lighting. A multifunction steering wheel with haptic touch control is also standard, as are eight-way power-adjustable front seats with memory, although heating and ventilation are optional. There are also quite a few safety features to speak of, including forward-collision monitoring, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, and crosswind assist. Opting for the Driver Assistance Package will add adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, and evasive steering assist. The Parking Assistance Package adds a surround-view camera, along with active parking assist.


The infotainment setup in Merc's junior model deserves acclaim. The standard suite might seem small at seven inches, but in reality, it's double that as the dual seven-inch screens that form the instrumentation and infotainment displays sit side by side. As standard, the basic Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) boasts Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity, along with multiple USB-C ports and an HD Radio receiver. It can be controlled via touch, voice, a central touchpad, or the haptic steering wheel controls.

But, the CLA gets the option of Merc's latest tech, and dual 10.25-inch screens can be optioned. Additionally, augmented reality navigation can be equipped, as can SiriusXM all-access, wireless device charging, and the MBUX Interior Assistant - which uses an overhead camera to respond to movements and gestures. If the standard eight-speaker sound system doesn't quite tickle your fancy, $850 upgrades to a 12-speaker, 590-watt Burmester surround-sound system.

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