Many people thought the C-Class interior in general looks a little "spartan". I sort of agree. I love the design and the quality is top notch, but I do feel that Mercedes could have made it a bit more "lively". At the same time, darker interiors don't look that good to me and many people. I personally prefer lighter interiors like this one: The materials are good and the interior looks and feels solid and well constructed. The dark plasticky looking material feels very soft and is a leather-like padded material (I suppose this has advantages in the event of a crash, just like when it first appeared on the W116 Mercedes S-Class in 1972). The cockpit feels premium and the buttons are pleasing to use overall, especially the A/C controls!