Although the E-Class has a superior boot volume and rear seats that could allow it some executive private-hire work, the CLS can easily hold four normal-sized adults in its interior. A boot volume of 520 litres is unlikely to be a deal-breaker, either, especially given that the rear seats split and fold, although 520-litres available on the Shooting Brake would no doubt quash that issue.
The interior layout is as similar as you’d expect to the standard CLS’s, but the details that typically tell a performance car from its cooking siblings are all there. The optional carbonfibre trim serves no discernible weight-saving purpose but looks the part. The dials are black rather than part-white faced and there’s suede on the steering wheel rim, which we found to be too square for our liking.
Most significant, though, are some exceptionally adjustable and supportive front seats (in which all of our testers found a top-notch driving position) and the migration of the gear selector from behind the steering wheel to its rightful place on the centre console. The selector is neatly designed and topped with AMG’s logo. Next to it, and appropriately angled towards the driver, are buttons that alter the damper, gearbox and stability control settings.