2014 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class review

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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

spawning no shortage of imitators its CLS four-door coupe, Mercedes-Benz was with the difficult challenge of what had become something of an

From BMW to Hyundai, it seems as every automaker is now on board the CLS#39; low roofline. That#39;s just fine with the in Stuttgart. So successful was the first CLS Mercedes#39; new entry-level model in the States, the CLA. looks a 3/5ths copy of what is the automaker#39;s design flagship.

for 2013, the redesigned CLS brings it some added swagger and an SLS front fascia, but its mission in as a shapely sedan for those not in big back seats remains in tact.

Underneath, the CLS is simply a E-Class. But CLS buyers are concerned appearances, so Mercedes-Benz has slapped on the squat profile, an upright fascia and a tail so trim it looks like it spends a of hours a day on the Stairmaster.

Inside, the CLS likewise has its own look, but exterior proportions have into its head room especially out back. Honest Abe not approve.

Unlike the E-Class, the CLS can be in just two configurations: CLS550 and AMG. The latter is positively with its optional 577-horsepower package, but even the mainstream is no weakling thanks to 402 ponies to either the rear, or, in the case of our 4Matic tester, all four

Befitting its status as a design-driven the CLS550 is offered with a array of customizations. Clad in Brown, our particular car was rather optioned up with just alloy wheels, folding seats, a small spoiler and a 1 package with a rearview ventilated seats an LED head A number of electronic safety like radar cruise and a lane keeping assistance actually nudges the CLS back its intended path are also

What#39;s it up against?

So you want sexy in your sedan? the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, BMW 5-Series and A6 for the CLS, BMW 6-Series and Audi A7 and net a much prettier shape those workaday midsizers also double as taxis in

What#39;s it look like?

the knockout CLS arrived nearly a ago, we#39;ve gotten used to this four-door body style. Today, you can it on everything from a Hyundai or Volkswagen CC for under $30,000 to the BMW

As a result, we were somewhat to our particular CLS550 despite the brown paint. Its upright fascia, which is nearly a for that used on the Mercedes-Benz SLS seems somewhat incongruous the shapely roof line. fit a little better out back, the CLS tail lamps appear and more rounded, but ultimately refined, than before

Still, the CLS is absolutely the kind of car makes you pick a booth to the window just so you can keep eyes on it.

And on the inside?

Eschewing the squared-off dashboard for a more look, the CLS is bright, modern and inside, especially in the tasteful shade of our test car.

A swath of burled walnut spreads the length of the dashboard, down the center console. Not as graceful as the Audi A7, the CLS#39; is nonetheless intimate and attractive.

said, we were a little with both the ergonomics and of the trim Mercedes selected. by its chopped roof and tall sills, the CLS imparts the riding in a feel that has become common with the trend high belt lines and side windows. Raising the front seats higher alleviate the matter since short drivers will their heads tapping the eventually.

The two rear seat riders are to a center console, but coach in the CLS is not for those of large stature. the low roof and a pair of doors don#39;t open as wide as expect, this second row is suited to kids or groceries. As is the trunk, hampered further by its opening and intrusive hinges.

from the upmarket stitched on the CLS#39; dashboard, its interior didn#39;t feel substantially than the last E-Class we In fact, some of the plastics the center console – the climate control knobs feel surprisingly downmarket. A of creaks and rattles emanating the dashboard raised eyebrows even otherwise disinterested

But does it go?

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

A stab of the skinny instantly results in a rush of accompanied by an exhaust rumble the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra struggle to recreate. The CLS vaults with alacrity, its seven-speed gearbox firing off shifts than a real housewife of Hills can dig through her credit at Neiman-Marcus.

So addictive is accessing the 443 lb-ft. of via the CLS#39; throttle that we through a half a tank of in short order. More driving matched the EPA-estimated mpg (19 mpg combined).

But make no mistake: The 4Matic is neither a particularly car nor a boulevardier, roles better to the CLS63 AMG and the S550, respectively.

its air suspension provides a firm exacerbated by the low profile tires, but the its chassis makes are clearly not to aggressive driving. Though its wheel feels good in the hands, the CLS#39; tiller is and essentially devoid of feel.

from the meaty Pirelli tires is as phenomenal as we#39;ve to expect from these track shoes and the 4Matic generally gives the CLS a neutral into corners.

Combining a stiff ride a relaxed chassis, makes the CLS a bit about its mission in life on the Louder-than-expected tire noise those Pirellis) doesn#39;t things out, either.

the CLS delivers refinement in spades and it certainly attracts its share of Pull up to a valet and, you#39;re in Beverly Hills, guaranteed a parking spot out

The definition of an automotive fashion the Mercedes-Benz CLS550 should to suit its target market well indeed.

It#39;s and elegant, but it comes up a bit short in of actually being fun to drive.

Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4Matic price, $74,500. As tested,

19-inch wheels, $500; rear seats, $440; spoiler, $400; Premium 1 $4,390; Destination, $905.

by Andrew Ganz.

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