2012 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Reviews – Autoblog and New Car Test Drive

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The offers a breathtaking array of technology as standard equipment: airbags, dynamic stability traction control, anti-lock automatic brake drying, pre-tensioners, and automatic window to name just a few.

In the CL-Class is ultra-luxurious, …, advanced and very stylish excellent all-around driving It’s roomier than a car but tighter than a sedan. We the CL-Class will be extremely to a relative few drivers who fall in with the luxury of stylish spa-level coddling and over-the-top

The 2011 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class of four models, each its own engine and transmission. CL-Class equipment is comprehensive. The seats, and instrument panel are all leather and burled walnut or black ash trim is used liberally.

The seats are 14-way adjustable, and ventilated, and have three-setting capability that also the electrically telescoping-and-tilting steering and side mirrors. The audio is a 600-watt harman/kardon Logic7 sound with 11 speakers and a 6CD changer, memory card and auxiliary inputs. Sirius radio is standard. There’s a sunroof overhead and a power in the rear parcel shelf.

have power assist mechanisms, and the trunk-lid is electrically Side glass is dual-pane and The Mercedes COMAND system, a computer interface with a flat panel screen, is It enables access to many of the accessories including navigation, climate controls, and other features (exterior courtesy seat settings and voice setup).

Curve-following bi-Xenon and rear fog lights are standard as is Parktronic, a distance sensing aid hidden behind the bumpers.

The CL550 4MATIC ($113,150) has a (4663-cc) twin-turbo V8 rated at 429 hp and 516 of torque, a 7-speed automatic air suspension and all-wheel drive. The 4MATIC Premium 2 Package includes keyless entry dynamic contour front fitted with pneumatic that adjust cushion and lumbar support, a night system with pedestrian and a rear backup camera.

A Assist package ($2,950) Distronic Plus active control, active lane-keeping and active blind spot A Sport Package adds aerodynamic pieces and larger wheels ($5,900) or 20-inch ($6,650). Or choose 19-inch or 20-inch ($2,070) wheels by

Other options include a steering wheel ($490), ($700), Diamond White paint ($795), and illuminated sills ($700).

The Mercedes-Benz ($157,000) uses a 5.5-liter turbo V12 with 510 hp, 612 lb-ft of and a 5-speed automatic transmission. The includes virtually everything as equipment, including Active Control suspension and Distronic Only the 20-inch wheels, White paint, illuminated sills, Splitview and some accessories are optional.

The Mercedes-Benz AMG ($150,250) uses a 5.5-liter V8 rated at 536 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque with a 7-speed multi-clutch The CL63 AMG comes with bodywork and higher-performance brakes, wheels and tires. Options the Driver Assist package Premium 2 package ($2,200), White paint, Splitview, and an AMG package ($7,300) that power and the top speed limiter 155 to 186 mph.

Forged 20-inch ($1,700), carbon fiber trim ($3,500), AMG illuminated sills ($1,000), and a heated and leather steering wheel are

The Mercedes-Benz CL65 AMG ($209,300) a twin-turbo V12 rated at 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of through an AMG Speedshift 5-speed CL65 AMG models are fully and use a unique diamond-quilt pattern on and door panels, and offer the steering wheel, carbon trim and forged 20-inch at no charge. Only Splitview, AMG sills ($1,000) and Diamond paint are extra. A Gas Guzzler Tax to the CL63 AMG ($1000) and CL65 AMG (All prices are Manufacturer’s Retail Prices, which do not destination charge and may change at any without notice.)

Designo lavish finishes and custom are available to personalize the cars to

Safety features on all CL-Class include a pair of two-stage airbags, a driver’s-side knee front side airbags, side airbags, and side-curtain for front and rear passengers. are seatbelt pre-tensioners for the front belts. Windows and sunroof automatically if the car detects an impending

Also standard: ABS with brake-force distribution and automatic drying, dynamic stability traction control, and Distronic control. Optional safety includes Distronic Plus cruise control with Guidance and Blind Spot All-wheel drive comes on the 4MATIC, which improves stability in slippery conditions.


There are high for cars in the rarefied league of the CL-Class, which includes Martin, Bentley Continental GT, Gran Turismo, and maybe the BMW 6 Ultra-luxury coupes are a statement of and panache, capability and quality, and ought to look as expensive as are. Mercedes has been range-topping coupes for many and it knows the game.

The CL-Class’s does not disappoint.

From to tail, the CL-Class is something out of the Seen from the front, instantly identifiable as a Mercedes-Benz its newly revised twin-bar and lighting. The famous three-point emblem is front and center and as as a dinner plate, just to be you don’t mistake the CL-Class for any brand.

As if you could.

At 200 inches this is a large car. Its gives it presence and the proportions are It has substantial mass too, the front fenders, hood and skins are aluminum and the trunk-lid is

Surprisingly, the AMG performance models are taller.

The front end stretches and sweeps back into a of prominent flared front openings, a design element from the S-Class sedans which the CL-Class shares its Its 73.7-inch width makes it solidly planted and substantial. moderate chrome up front in Mercedes understatement. But it’s a knockout first impression.

LED and signal lights, and hidden and parking sensors add the final bit of to the nose.

It’s the sweep of the that makes the CL-Class’s style statement. The top arcs over the side glass and into the C-pillar without the of a B-pillar, the central support most cars have front and rear side The roofline is sleek.

And this is a hardtop; you can drop the large windows down for a panoramic and an open-air feeling. Handsomely chrome trim framing the side-window opening emphasizes its shape and the absence of the second In profile, the CL-Class is gorgeous and

The flank’s arches framing the wheels appear slightly on the all-wheel drive CL550 it does not have the wider-rear-than-front sizing of rear-drive CL-Class

Even as it drives away, the keeps your attention. The window’s horseshoe-like shape is intriguing, like a canopy taut over a frame and not anywhere else in the automotive Below the rear window the tapers gracefully into a of large taillights and a taut lid wearing a subtle built-in spoiler at its top edge.

Sedans look like this, and just the point.

Outside of the badges and wheels, the CL550 and CL600 models are essentially from the outside.

The AMG models can be by distinctive grilles, wherein the star is supported by a single bar over black mesh, and by more muscular-looking front with larger air intakes. side skirts carry the lines of the front bumper to the where four oval outlets punctuate the air diffuser set the unique rear apron. roll on 20-inch, five-spoke wheels, but with a slimmer-looking twin-spoke design standard on the AMG.


Pulling the door is the moment of truth in an coupe. Buyers in this are expecting sumptuousness, high-end and sophisticated design that the promise of being coddled. who looked inside our test uttered an involuntary sigh of

It’s beautifully designed, appointed and finished with a attention to detail. And the sheer of luxury features is almost another sign that big price delivers something

Ensconced in the driver’s seat, you register the raked-back windshield and low pressing down from it’s a narrow viewing by sedan standards but outward is superior to most Grand and 2+2s. The CL-Class is just 2.2 lower than an S-Class but it feels much more than that.

The surroundings are a sybarite’s delight. almost nowhere your falls that you’re not glove-soft leather, polished brushed aluminum or chrome. The panel cover is stitched in as are the door panels and seats, front and rear.

The steering is silky leather or wood leather grips at the nine and o’clock positions. It houses in front for the phone and COMAND and switches behind the top spokes for shifting the transmission (aluminum on AMG

The exterior’s curvilinear theme is in the interior. The center console gently into the dashboard, and the front door panels arc subtly at the elbow area, the accented by delicate chrome strips. The door armrests are an combination of wood stacked leather covered padding. At soft ambient, adjustable glows from tiny light strips in the doors’ sections and across the middle of the

Only the plastic-looking speaker at the window line and the arcing on the console where your arm leave room for improvement.

The trimmed center stack a thin row of easy-to-operate brushed climate control switches, a compartment for the CD changer and a pair of flanking a square analog that looks like it double as Patek Phillipe on AMG models it is an IWC Ingenieur timepiece.

in this car is every bit as satisfying as at it. The center console is home to a mouse-type knob that is the interface to the COMAND system and its transistor (TFT) display. The is housed in a hooded binnacle to the of the driver’s gauges, some of are also TFT technology, and the display is independent of the primary instrument

For cars equipped with the night vision system, the speedometer in front of the driver to a second viewing screen the system is activated in darkness. other buttons arrayed the mouse control transmission modes, the sound system, shade and a short-cut to the dynamic adjustments. Suspension adjustment are between the gauges and TFT screen.

the steering wheel buttons and you’re afforded several of access to the multiple layers of the navigation, seating, climate and sound systems. You can set your for everything from radio to auxiliary lighting. You can program the control to recognize your intonations. You can input travel and requests.

And you can access, activate or dozens of other systems, radar distance sensing, running lamps, tire monitoring, and much, much

At times we wished it were to access some of the systems COMAND; it took several where one touch of a conventional would have worked directly. It’s a bit easier to than BMW’s system but is a learning curve. We found the COMAND system while mildly distracting, but once set it up use will be limited because of your requests can be done steering wheel buttons the info appearing inside the directly ahead) or by voice.

The audio system delivers performance through its 11 speakers and superb.

The navigation system well, with an easy-to-read map and good graphics. With the Splitview, the passenger can watch a DVD audio on headphones while the views a map or car data, all full-size on the screen.

Front-seat comfort is reproach. The front cabin all the legroom, width and headroom but an NBA forward could need. The front seats are wonderful; the and pocketing of the cushions provide the right amount of support to the and under the thighs, and, the full range of adjustments almost anyone can get comfortable.

Even the length of the front-seat cushions has considerable adjustable for the right amount of thigh Most CL-Class are equipped the optional active ventilated which contain several fans to circulate cool or air through the perforated leather covering. Pneumatic bladders into the seats can be programmed to the firmness of upper and lower bolsters, back rest, and area, as well as lumbar firmness and location.

The seats offer a massage feature; quite nice, actually, and eliminates fatigue. We preferred the and vigorous setting; imagine a rolling pin making its way from lumbar region to upper The programming is controlled through the interface using clearly pictograms.

The seats can be programmed to inflate upper and lower to varying degrees when the car a corner to provide the driver and with extra lateral This brings the support of a seat for spirited driving the big bolsters some find to a luxurious armchair one slides in and out of.

The only real negative is room. But this is a coupe. If you more back-seat space, you a sedan. Though the rear are as handsome and almost as comfortable as the seats (they lack this is a not a place to spend time for anyone over 8 inches. Despite its full-size wheelbase (albeit 8.2 inches than that of the commodious sedan), the CL-Class’s dramatic mean rear legroom is

We put a six-foot-three driver behind the and then had him get in back, where the fit was tight but he admitted he could do minutes easy back

Oddly, that lack of room may be one of the CL-Class’s strongest statements: It’s a large car can afford to ignore the everyday of passenger-carrying practicality. Need space? Take another

Virtually everything that compete with a CL-Class at level has a less comfortable seat, including the Bentley GT, BMW 6 Series, Aston Martin and Ferrari 612 Scaglietti.

Cargo is just the opposite. The trunk is commodious and finished in a handsome carpet; as large as that in A8 long-wheelbase flagship sedan. the trunk floor is a shallow but useful cargo tray, and that a spare tire type varies by CL-Class but any flat will fit under the

Liftover height is about and the electric powered opening-and-closing saves fingernails and paintwork.


The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is and smooth, but it’s too large, and luxurious to be called a sport But it is rewarding to drive for just reasons and makes a superb touring luxury car.

You the Mercedes CL-Class with the of a big aluminum button to the right of the column. Then drop it gear with a column-mounted shift lever similar to the BMW uses. Purists may feel an odd and un-sporty throwback to have a moved off of the center console and on to the column, but it works well and up space.

The CL550’s 4,663 cc V8 is velvety smooth and nearly until you prod it. Even at acceleration it throbs with like a big-motor yacht but absent the vibration that goes with that The CL550 V8 has more than oomph to get going without the tachometer past 2000 in traffic, or to 60 mph in less than seconds at full tilt.

In instances the CL-Class starts in gear and gas pedal response is even in sport mode, but how hard it can smack your into the headrest this is best. The 7-speed automatic imperceptibly in town, smoothly at throttle and never gets in the wrong gear in traffic.

economy is an EPA-rated 15/23 mpg

If there’s one word that the CL-Class road experience, silken. On smooth surfaces it as if it’s riding on glass. vibration or road harshness be penetrating the hushed cabin, but it doesn’t feel like it.

The sportier BMW 6 Series and Maserati Turismo register bumps and reveal surface imperfections far acutely. In the Benz, the smaller irregularities get glossed over. larger bumps the ride is not supple, more elastic in its to cope with the road maintaining comfort and control.

It is not to inspire the driver to … the in a CL550, although the CL-Class can sweeping bends at a speed seems mind-bending for that weight. The rear-wheel-drive CL-Class seem more enthusiastic in

The steering has a ball-of-silk feel, sharp than in the BMW and more in its responses. Though the steering rises with road the feeling remains comfortable, and luxuriously isolated rather sports-car sharp. This is a car works its way down a winding with grace and stability, and the suspension keeps it cornering flat.

But the CL-Class doesn’t the sense of the road or give you the to get aggressive in the way great sports do.

On the highway, the CL-Class’s German DNA is in evidence. It has a commanding, solid and is … stable even at speed. It’s in these speed ranges that you that wind noise has increased at all.

This is breeding at work. The all-wheel of the CL550 adds another of confidence, and as the lightest model air springs it delivers the gentlest

The CL-Class’s brakes feel effortless and luxuriously insulated. The pedal action is progressive and You won’t find a smoother set of anywhere. In hard braking the feels powerful and was free of any

Decelerations from even speed were calm, and drama-free, with not a bit of vibration or transferred through the brake or into the cabin. With the to gather momentum so quickly a ability to shed speed is and the CL-Class fulfills this The front discs are not only but cross-drilled like on race

Using Distronic Plus sensing cruise control is a of faith that works. optional radar-based distance system automatically slows the using the brakes if necessary, as you the gap on the car in front. That distance can be set a hundred and several hundred When the system detects the ahead is clear again, it back to your pre-set

The system works beautifully in Interstate traffic and reasonably in moderately denser intra-urban environments, though you must aware and ready as it can not sense that might run a stop in front of you. We recommend it only for limited-access highways. more to Distronic Plus active cruise control.

The is tied into a comprehensive safety network. It will an alarm if the driver is gaining too on the car ahead, meanwhile priming the system to apply full braking as soon as the driver touches the brake pedal, no how lightly. If the driver doesn’t to the distance alarm, the system apply up to 40 percent of total capacity automatically to slow the car

Blind spot assistance is a with sensors in the rear that detect other approaching in those hard-to-see, zones to either side. If you a lane change or begin to from your lane, an lights up in the appropriate side in colors keyed to danger

The parking guidance system has an function that scans the of a parallel parking space and if the CL-Class will fit. As shifting into reverse the camera, and grid lines on the speedometer to help guide you the parking space.

The night system actively projects light from the headlamps. An camera discreetly mounted in the receives the reflected images and them in a high-resolution display in the instrument cluster. The result is to a highly detailed black-and-white image.

Meanwhile, if a frontal crash is the Pre-Safe Brake system action: It tightens the front belts milliseconds before moves the front passenger to its safest position, inflates chambers in the seats, closes the windows to add support for the side-curtain (and to keep occupants’ inside the vehicle), initiates braking to slow the vehicle and the sunroof. If you’re unfortunate to get into an accident, there are few places to be.

The CL600 comes a twin-turbocharged V12 that delivers power and even greater than the CL550. The CL600 510 horsepower and 612 pound-feet of torque. massive amount of power is the reason it has a 5-speed automatic: The couldn’t handle it. The V12 is so smooth and in stop-and-go traffic it almost like the car is powered by an electric

Yet awe-inspiring acceleration is just a of the pedal away: Mercedes a 0-60 time of 4.5 seconds for the smack in serious sports car There’s so much low-end on tap that the tires would wildly if not for the traction control working overtime. Highway feels like a DVD on fast-forward. We know why anyone would need this much in a CL-Class, but it is amazing to experience it. not about need.

Nearly all of we reported on the CL550 and its multitudinous is true of the CL600, which virtually all of them as standard.

A AMG comes with a new 5.5-liter V8 that produces 536 horsepower at rpm and 590 pound-feet of torque at 2000; of 18 and 125, respectively. With the AMG pack option output to 563 hp and 664 lb-ft and the 0-60 time one-tenth of a second, a clear initial acceleration is traction The 7-speed multi-clutch transmission, in SL and E AMG models, that offers shift modes from to rifle.

Massive brakes and suspension ensure the power and remain controlled.

The CL65 is by a 6.0-liter twin-turbocharged and intercooled V12 produces 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of for a claimed rocket ride 0-60 mph in just 4.2 seconds; two seconds after an economy car 60 the CL65 is already going than twice that Once moving it gathers like it has five first the buttery-smooth engine merely away effortlessly at low revs most sport coupes are to get going.

The AMG models use the same suspension as the CL600, but it’s for flatter cornering and tighter of body motion, and stability and functions are upgraded for the additional A button on the center console the driver to choose among different shift programs, Comfort, or Manual, that accelerator pedal response and and shock absorber settings. both CL-Class AMG models are and competent, the CL63 is slightly driver-oriented than the intimidating

The AMG models also feature composite brake discs diameter in front, 14.4-inch in the to slow them in a hurry, all that speed to heat in moments. Providing room for big binders are 20-inch alloy 8.5 inches wide in front and 9.5 at the rear, wearing low-profile front and 275/35R20 rear Mercedes claims the CL65 can from 60 mph in 116 feet.

The Mercedes-Benz coupe is a melding of sensuous and cosseting luxury that few vehicles in the world can match. The offers svelte driving and a near endless list of and safety equipment. This is a car for who are smitten by its special nature, arsenal or monumental power, the wherewithal to afford one and prefer to flamboyancy.

Correspondent G.R. contributed to this NewCarTestDrive.com

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