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Mercedes-Benz CLS

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Mercedes-Benz CLS

The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a comfortable cruiser that stands out from the crowd

Engine Engine power Fuel consumption Fuel type 0-100 (0-60) Top speed
CLS 320 CDI 224 hp ? Diesel ? 250 km/h
CLS 350 272 hp 10.1 l/100km Petrol 7 s 250 km/h
CLS 350 CGI 292 hp ? Petrol ? 250 km/h
CLS 500 306 hp 11.3 l/100km Petrol 6.1 s 250 km/h
CLS 55 AMG 500 hp ? Petrol ? 250 km/h

Body type Sedan
Number of doors 4
Number of seats 5
Engine position Front
Driven wheels Rear
Length 4 913 mm
Width 1 851 mm
Height 1 403 mm
Wheelbase 2 854 mm
Ground clearance ?
Weight (normal) 1 730 kg
Weight (max) 2 195 kg
Boot space (min) 505 l
Boot space (max) 505 l
Fuel capacity 80 l


   The Mercedes-Benz CLS is produced since 2004. It is available as a sedan.

   The CLS comes with a choice of five engines. Despite it's powerful engines that won't do a shame for sports cars the Mercedes-Benz CLS is a comfortable grand tourer. The entry-level 320 CDI diesel is available in Europe only. It delivers 224 horsepower, which is more than enough for driving around town and relaxed cruising. The more powerful petrol versions are mated with a seven-speed automatic gearboxes and will get you from 0 to 100 in a matter of seconds.

   The Mercedes-Benz CLS is based on the E-class chassis, which has been lowered and modified to give a sporty feel and better cornering. It is worth mentioning, that models with an air suspension tend to pick more bumps and lumps.

   The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a very refined car. Outside noises are well suppressed and you won't hear any uninvited wind rustles, tyre noise or engine roar even pushing car to it's limit.

   Price of the Mercedes-Benz CLS puts off many buyers, so it can be encountered very occasionally. It is worth mentioning that this luxury executive car with it's powerful engines has a relatively small fuel consumption. The diesel version has an especially long range on the full tank. The AMG model is much more expensive to buy and to run. All CLS cars keep their value well. Mercedes has a rock solid reputation for it's mechanical perfection, so this car is not likely to have any significant mechanical troubles, as most of it's components are virtually unbreakable.

   Interior of the car is getting better and better. Furthermore Mercedes-Benz is trying to improve the trim quality, which is already close to perfection. All the major controls look good and are easy to use. This luxury car is overloaded with all possible functions, but you have to get used to it to find the right one in a matter of seconds.

   Inside the CLS driver seats lower than in the E-class. Driver's seat has got plenty of electric adjustments, so it is very easy to find a comfortable driving position. The CLS is trickier while parking than the E-class it is based on.

   The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a some sort of alternative to a GT coupes. It's sedan design offers more space inside and easier access to the rear seats. The rear headroom is limited though. The CLS has a big and well shaped boot, that will take all the company directors luggage.

   The CLS inherited most of the safety features from the E-class. It comes with six smart airbags, anti-lock brakes and anti-skid control. Deadlocks are not fitted as the Mercedes tends to sacrifice car's security for passenger safety.

   Even the entry-level models are offered with climate and cruise control, electric windows and mirrors and leather upholstery as standard. Keyless entry and remote engine starting are also standard. More expensive trims add rain-sensing wipers, and other luxury goodies.

   Production of the Mercedes-Benz CLS still continues.


   Advantages: A very comfortable executive cruiser that stands out from the crowd.

   Disadvantages: Not as spacious and practical than most of the sedans.

   Also consider: Lexus GS, Maserati Quattroporte.


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