Mercedes CLK270 CDI | Auto Express

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Mercedes CLK 270

I#039;m developing selective No, I#039;m not going deaf due to the in the back of our new CLK, but friends and are constantly expressing their that a man with two youngsters choose to drive an impractical coup�. I#039;m fed-up people telling me #039;you#039;ll get the kids in there#039; or #039;where#039;s the going to go?#039; I love a – and I#039;m hoping to them wrong.

Pricey poor fuel economy, response

I’m developing hearing. No, I’m not going due to the children in the back of our new CLK, but and family are constantly expressing disbelief that a man with two should choose to drive an two-door coup�. I’m with people telling me never get the kids in there’ or the buggy going to go?’ I a challenge – and I’m to prove them wrong.

However, I’m not going to the CLK270 CDI will be quite as to live with as the Volvo V50 T5 I ran – I do expect to have to a few compromises. That said, the coup� may be handsome and rakish, but also designed to be practical. It has rear seats, a 435-litre and good cabin stowage.

So is the CLK a family car?

Well, my children Sasha and have no cause for complaint. We two baby seats from the list – a £140 rear-facing one for seven-week-old Luke, with a transponder that the front passenger airbag, and an Duo chair for 18-month-old Sasha. But be you pay through the nose for Mercedes’ car The ISOFIX one has the same architecture as the Britax model, yet at £295, £115 more.

I’m very impressed at how easy the mountings are to use, though. I it’s cheeky of Mercedes to £40 for the metal brackets, but the time and saved by not having to fiddle seatbelts is a real bonus.

Getting the children in and out isn’t too either, as the fact the CLK doesn’t a B-pillar makes things a lot It means you can lower the rear and make use of the extra gap to help straps and fasten seatbelts. And our buggy fits diagonally the boot, leaving enough for overnight bags.

The pillarless also makes for a suitably and airy interior, but the sloping line means stick-on blinds are difficult to fit, and legs are long enough to the seat in front – lost count of the muddy I’ve wiped off. But also performed the same in our long-term Subaru Legacy, so I think the CLK is particularly cramped.

Mercedes CLK 270

After running a series of cars, I’m really the CLK’s more sporting although the engine has been a letdown. The 2.7-litre diesel is no class-leading when it comes to smoothness or power, so the CLK doesn’t the performance to back up its elegant – especially since we to fit a set of four 18-inch AMG alloys.

They look fantastic, but the cost is hard to swallow, and doesn’t include another for four Pirelli P Zero tyres. Nevertheless, the big wheels ruin the ride quality, and bar throttle response, the driving is very good.

But it’s to escape the fact that isn’t the best value car on our The £31,285 list price is and with the options fitted to our that rises to nearly What’s more, having 68 gallons in just over miles, it’s only 30.5mpg.

I’m hoping will improve when I the CLK on a family holiday next – that will be the test. Oliver Marriage

Second Opinion

I’m a big fan of the architecture – the grey may be an acquired taste, but otherwise the layout and driver ergonomics are good. I particularly like the steering wheel and comprehensive screen in the centre of the speedo. I can’t figure out the traffic on the radio – even switched off in the audio menu, the still cut in. Owen Mildenhall, tester

Mercedes CLK 270
Mercedes CLK 270
Mercedes CLK 270
Mercedes CLK 270
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