It’s easy to find a comfy driving position quickly. The steering wheel is manually adjustable for height and reach, while the driver’s seat can be electrically elevated for a better view of the road. Visibility isn’t bad, but the thick front pillars can obscure traffic at T-junctions. Available on all models, the multi-functional steering wheel allows drivers to control the stereo and make phone calls without taking their eyes off the road.
The optional COMAND sat-nav system folds out and flips up from behind a panel on the dashboard at start-up. Though less impressive, the smaller LCD standard unit performs similar acrobatics. Neither offer touch-screen functionality and both are fiddly to use, though COMAND can be voice-activated and stores up to 1000 MP3 music files on its hard drive.
Mercedes-Benz has tried and succeeded to make longer journeys more comfortable by softening the seat cushions and improving back support plus all models come with dual-zone climate control. Air-flow is controlled via 16 adjustable vents located throughout the cabin. SE, Elegance and Sport each have tasteful, complementary and distinctive cloth and trim combinations, while the optional leather upholstery completes the interior with a high-quality finish.