Up front however is where the car starts to claw back a lot of points. The cabin design, just like the exterior, mirrors other cars in the Mercedes range, and that is a good thing. The dashboard design is a joy to behold, with two 10-inch landscape orientated screens atop a good-looking fascia. Much more cohesively designed than the Mustang and better looking than the Audi’s by a country mile. And let’s just say that the Lexus isn’t even worth mentioning in the same breath.
The infotainment can be controlled by using the touchscreen, by voice control using the new MBUX system or via a centrally mounted, and easy to use trackpad. It’s an intelligent system too, learning things like frequently driven routes, so you just have to ask it to take you somewhere you normally go and it will know the best route to take. It will also seek out the faster chargers for you to use, and take into account charging time when calculating your journey times.
You can also configure the dashboard, like many of these displays, to show you what is important. In other words, you can have a map between the dials and your media displayed on the centre screen, or vice versa. The dials themselves can be altered to a different design with more, or less, information. It’s all very easy on the eye, and the graphics are better than the Audi’s, or any of the other main rivals. I also prefer it over the large screen system of the Mustang and forthcoming Tesla Model Y.
Underneath the central turbine-esque airvents you get physical heating and ventilation controls, good storage. Apple CarPlay and Android Audio make an appearance across the range as standard, although it isn’t wireless. Nor is there a wireless charger for your phone in the basic Sport trim, but otherwise, the equipment level is very extensive. Heated seats, Bluetooth, the aforementioned twin screens, multi-function steering wheel in leather, seats trimmed in Artico man-made leather (which is actually really nice) LED headlamps, all of which is standard. Build quality is excellent too, and all the interfaces that you come into contact with have a feel of solidity to them.
The seats themselves fall somewhere between the Audi and the Mustang. They’re better at supporting you than the Ford’s, not as good as the Audis’ but they are trimmed better than the Q4’s. They also have a good range of adjustment, albeit manually as standard in the ‘Sport’ and the driving position is good with decent visibility.