The CLS is a big car. Its swooping coupe roofline means there’s not quite as much headroom in the front or the back as you’d expect in the equivalent saloon, but it’s still spacious enough for tall adults to get comfortable in the 4 main seats. A large hump in the floor for the transmission tunnel means that legroom is a little awkward if you use the middle seat in the back, but there’s still space for a 5th occupant.
Unlike the Audi A7 or the Porsche Panamera, which are both hatchbacks, the CLS sticks to a 4-door saloon layout. That means it’s a little trickier to load large items, although the boot itself is a decent size at 520 litres. That puts it ahead of both the Panamera and the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe – although fractionally behind the A7.
Another benefit is that the seats fold in a 40/20/40 split, giving you additional flexibility when it comes to balancing luggage space and rear-seat accommodation. Fold them all down and it offers an impressive loading volume.