New Mercedes CLS Class Review
Is it a saloon that thinks it's a coupe or a coupe that thinks it's a saloon? One thing is for sure, The Mercedes CLS is an incredibly good looking car.
At first glance it certainly looks like a coupe, low rooflines, striking design and the attention to detail that you always expect from Mercedes, that is until you notice that the CLS has got too many doors, two too many to be exact. So is it a coupe? Well Mercedes certainly think so, a four door coupe.
Built on a heavily modified E Class chassis, the CLS Class may share the same wheelbase, but certainly styling wise that's where the similarity ends. The CLS craves attention and is certainly not for shrinking violets, if you don't want to be noticed, then the CLS Class Coupe is probably not the car for you.
Four engine options are available in the CLS Class with a choice of three petrol and a single diesel, entry level for the petrol powered models is the CLS 350, under the bonnet is a 3.5 litre V6 that has a power output of 272 bhp, this means that the CLS 350 can accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in 7 seconds, as with all the petrol powered models the top speed is electronically limited to 155 mph. For those who want a little more pulling power there is the 306 bhp CLS 500, powering this model is a 5.0 litre V8 that propels you from 0 - 62 mph in 6.1 seconds. The most powerful CLS model is the majestic CLS 55 AMG, this has a monstrous 5.5 litre V8 that will shoot you from 0 - 62 mph in an incredible 4.7 seconds. The only diesel model on offer is the CLS 320 CDi, powered by a 3.0 litre V6 that pushes out 224 bhp, the CLS 320 CDi can accelerate from 0 - 62 mph in 7 seconds and if you keep your foot depressed for long enough will top out at an impressive 153 mph. All Mercedes CLS Class models use the Mercedes 7G-Tronic 7-speed automatic gearbox to transmit their power to the tarmac.
As you would expect from Mercedes the CLS Class has plenty of tricky kit to keep you and your passengers safe, secure and comfortable no matter how long the journey is, dual-stage, driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags, window airbags, anti-lock braking system (ABS) with brake assist, sensotronic brake control system (SBC), electronic stability programme (ESP) with acceleration skid control (ASR), automatic headlamp activation (Headlamp Assist), automatic climate control, electric folding mirrors, electric front seats, electric windows, front centre armrest with storage, lumbar support in front seat backrests, metallic paint, multi-function steering wheel with trip computer, parameter steering, projection beam halogen headlamps, rain sensing wipers with one-touch wiper function, remote boot release and a Mercedes-Benz Audio 20 radio/single CD and telephone keypad with 10 speakers are all fitted as standard. Options also include the Pre-safe system, recognising when a collision or impact is inevitable, the Pre-safe system automatically closes the windows (if they are open) to avoid occupants or their limbs from being ejected through the aperture, seat belts pre-tension, the seats adjust to the most favourable position and air cushions within the seats inflate to give passengers the best protection.
Sitting above the E Class and the CLK Coupe in the Mercedes range, the CLS Class has the BMW 6 Series firmly in its sights and with styling and luxury in abundance who's to say its not going to score a direct hit.
Like the looks of the Mercedes CLS Class Coupe why not check out the BMW 6 Series, the Audi A6, the Jaguar XJ or the Lexus GS 450H.
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