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2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 – Interior and Passenger Space

Car and Driver logo Car and Driver 9/5/2018 Eric Stafford
Interior and Passenger Space: The Mercedes-AMG CLA45 has a racy interior that's plagued by cramped passenger space and some cheap plastics.© Provided by Hearst Communications, Inc The Mercedes-AMG CLA45 has a racy interior that's plagued by cramped passenger space and some cheap plastics.

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Don't be fooled by its racy red-and-black interior and exclusive AMG options such as carbon-fiber trim and performance front seats. The CLA45's interior is cheapened by un-Mercedes-like plastics, cramped quarters, and limited standard features.

What's New for 2018?

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The CLA45 carries the same interior dimensions and design but now includes the AMG Performance Studio Package. It brings a unique AMG steering wheel with a yellow stripe at 12 o'clock position, a leatherette dashboard, and yellow stitching on the armrest. Performance seats, plus AMG badging on the floor mats and illuminated doorsills, round out the kit.

Front-Seat Passenger Space

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Back-Seat Passenger Space

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Interior Sound Level

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Test Results: Interior Sound Levels at 70 mph

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Blind Spots, Visibility, and Obscured Roadway

Roof pillars protect occupants in a rollover crash, but they also create blind spots. We determine visibility by measuring the location and width of each pillar using an H-Point Machine and a laser beam (surrogates for a driver and eyeball, respectively). Front and rear visibility are calculated by subtracting the viewable area blocked by the pillars from a perfect 180-degree score.

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Other than the new AMG Performance Studio package, the 2018 CLA45 interior is the same as last year. For details about the interior of the 2017 Mercedes-AMG CLA45, see our in-depth review.

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Continue Reading:

• 2018 Mercedes-AMG CLA45 – Overview and Pricing
• Engine and Transmission
• Fuel Economy and Driving Range
• Performance and Driving Impressions
• Interior and Passenger Space
• Audio and Infotainment
• Cargo Space and Storage
• Exterior Design and Dimensions
• Safety and Driver Assistance
• Warranty and Maintenance Coverage
• Video Overview: Interior, Infotainment, Cargo Space

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