Car Reviews: Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS 350 – The AA

13 May 2015 | Author: | Comments Off on Car Reviews: Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS 350 – The AA

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Bold yet exterior Far more sporting E-Class AMG variant is the proverbial ship on the road Cabin possesses a bespoke-like feel

CLS boasts a sizeable premium equivalent E-Class Modest headroom precludes use as a full, four-seater 350 variant could be equipped for the money Long list could easily you into spending more you want

For a company that has to have a car in every niche, no denying the fact that products are everywhere. From compact hatchbacks to luxurious there really is a car to suit taste. Factor in what calls a four-door coupe with the CLS, another is filled.

The car market is full of odd that don’t quite fit the established classes. Mercedes’ CLS is one of cars. It may be loosely based on a executive motor but its style and ambience couldn’t be further the accepted norm.

If Mercedes’ positioning of the CLS as a ‘four-door has you sniggering, don’t worry not alone. A coupe is supposed to only two doors but the CLS has double and a saloon-like boot. What the big does have in common a coupe is its distinctive sloping

And it’s this feature, with an interior that hints at a coachbuilt feel, sets it apart from luxo barges.

But why go to all the trouble to a car pretend to be something it’s The simple answer is exclusivity. likely to see many more running around than which if you’re a potential is good news.

And when CLS are significantly higher than of a comparable E-Class, you expect for your money, too.

the CLS doesn’t disappoint. Standard levels are relatively high for something with a three-pointed badge. Kit levels are linked to size, making the CLS 55 AMG the top model.

The more affordable CLS 500 is the next and, thanks to a combination of amounts of convincing wood leather upholstery and the CLS’ one-piece wood fascia, you do feel special when the car’s sung cabin.

Our on the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS 350

In a cunning of planning, the CLS doesn’t really any rivals. Executive saloons are that, saloons, while the CLS a more rakish profile possessing a quartet of doors Unlike a comparable E-Class, the CLS a more sporty drive and has a cabin that easily anything from other cars.

It won’t be for everyone, but if you an executive car with character, Merc could be the one.

The CLS is not a cheap car by any standard, but anyone exclusivity will find a fair price for something so Diesel aside, the petrol use their fair share of and main dealer servicing come cheap. Factor in the attractive optional extras offers and you dealing with amounts of money.

The car’s status and scarcity help residuals, though.

and practicality

You don’t buy this car if you a busy family life or regular trips to the home store. Like any saloon the four-door form can be limiting, if you treat the rear accommodation as seating because of the modest you won’t be disappointed. Even the available up front is more than spacious, confirming the status as a true four

The upside is a full-length centre complete with useful areas, plus a decent boot.

Controls and display

Car security

Car safety

There be no worries in this department as the CLS all the latest kit. Airbags, control, stability control are all Most people will at the level of protection offered, but drivers will rue Mercedes’ to make the various systems cut in early, thus thwarting any to really exploit the car’s fun unless you switch everything off

Driver appeal

While will be drawn with E-Class, the CLS has been developed to be a sporty car. The engine bears this out, the mighty supercharged AMG 5.5-litre Acceleration is rapid and brutal in a line, and the sound is more to that of a TVR. The regular aren’t slow either. The auto gearbox shifts smoothly, ride quality is – especially with air – and the big CLS feels nimble on winding B-roads.

Good for your wallet; in the real the 350 is no less fun than the more 500, while the 320 CDI could be the of the bunch.

Family car appeal

First car

Quality and image

Mercedes has in for a serious battering in recent over a noticeable range-wide in quality. The CLS does much to those wrongs. Cabin feel and look expensive, the operates with a well-oiled and much work has gone improving the reliability of the various systems.

Image-wise the CLS cause is thanks to a lack of any genuine its rakish profile and low volume status.

Accessibility

The CLS is very a car of two halves. At the front you could be into a regular E-Class as access is adequate. The rear of is a matter thanks to the car’s roof.

The doors don’t as wide for starters, and headroom is less generous than in a saloon. There’s no disguising the that tall occupants feel compromised accessing and the rear of the CLS.

Stereo and ICE (In car entertainment)

You get a quality system with the CLS, and it a good sound in the snug Remote controls on the steering are a welcome addition, although the display and array of buttons a little getting used to. the same with the sat-nav, although is fast and responsive on the move, takes while to thanks to its various options and

Rear cabin is snug and a only for two occupants

Colours and

As with any luxury car, the CLS its best when selected in a metallic exterior colour. reds and silver work well, although black a menacing look to the already AMG variant. Inside, the CLS boasts a wood-trimmed facia. Its gloss and the various wood and chrome dotted around the cabin add a high quality feel to the

A bog standard E-Class this car is

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