Mercedes CL 600: Looks good, costs the Earth – Independent.ie

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The has served me well. In the last years I have covered than 100,000 miles in it, and it has let me down.

OK, only one speaker one wing mirror has gone; the window handle won’t put and it’s got more dents in it a stock car driven by Paris after a night on the sauce. But it came to driving most of the way Scotland with my heavily wife in the passenger seat, the was never going to cut the mustard.

delivery of a new Mercedes CL 600 was a slightly experience as it was delivered to my flat in Road, north London. Not the of place they usually to, I expect. The boys from grocer’s came around the to have a gawp, as did Peter the dry cleaners. I’ve never so popular.

The car looks awesome – mostly. As the Benz’s flagship car, so it But like the whole package, its are a little confused, as if it is a car that know what it wants to be.

the front it’s a beefed-up, bully, but the view from the could easily be mistaken for a Not that I’m down on fine cars in comparison to the but if you’re spending the best of the deposit required to buy a Belgravia on a car, you don’t want it to be with a Rover.

Packing our stuff away for a holiday brings another About an eighth of the boot is taken up with the refrigerator you access from between the seats, meaning the boot is As a result, I can’t get my golf and our big suitcase in without taking my out. A minor gripe but the fridge makes a major in the boot space.

Anyone buying a CL should save €1,193, buy a decent cool box and a sensible shaped, and sized, However, minor gripes on the road the Mercedes CL is outstanding. The V12 engine produces a terrifying 517 BHP and does 0-60 in 4.6 seconds.

Not that my passenger allowed me to put claim to the test, but I always that 0-60 is for boy-racers

The real test of power is from 60-100mph, getting out of the way of any drivers in the middle lane. One on the accelerator and you’re miles You can almost make out the gaping in the rear view mirror.

Mercedes CL 600

for Mercedes (so I’m told), features high on the car’s

The cruise control includes distance control, automatically the speed of the car to take into the braking distance from the car in There are also 24 airbags in the CL I was tempted to crash it just to see 24 exploding airbags would like – the world’s most bouncy castle probably – but for unfathomable reason my wife was keen on that idea.

The cockpit (that’s what calls it, and it’s not hard to see is incredibly comfortable and luxurious, the car ridiculously easy to drive for a non-petrolhead and technophobe like The technical highlight is a tough one to out – but turning the dashboard into an television screen at night is the pick of the bunch, although it make night driving too much like a computer for my liking.

For someone who normally drives a car substantially less than the of the refrigerator in this car, something with power, and looks was a great experience. But were other small Some of the electronics seemed to work; the back seats do not enough room for two adults on a journey and some of the extras are that shouldn’t tempt who is more interested in a driving rather than showing off to mates.

It also drinks – over €596 worth to 1,500 miles. But then if you can afford to spend that on the car in the first place, guzzling shouldn’t be an issue. I wonder if Ken should be thinking about cars like the CL more the Chelsea tractors, most of presumably squeeze far more out of a of fuel.

While there is no doubt the CL 600 is an amazing piece of engineering – quiet, comfortable and safe – I help wondering what I do with a €167,074 car budget. If you a comparable super-fast car, you buy yourself a BMW M5 with enough change to acquire a lifetime of points by treating the other to a 3 Series convertible. You could make me an offer on the Micra.

Mercedes CL 600
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