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Mercedes CLS 500

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Does four-door have the driver appeal to its style?

The original Mercedes CLS the four-door coupé class it arrived in 2005. To some the second-generation car isn’t quite as but by sharing the sleek profile and roof of the original, it stays to the winning formula – and rivals the new S7 in the stakes.

This is especially the case our CLS 500 Sport, where the single-bar AMG body styling and 19-inch add kerb appeal. Even so, a more subtle proposition the S7, which will be a plus for some.

Inside, too, the is a fraction more traditional the Audi. Overtones of the S-Class can be found in the analogue clock, materials and upmarket ambience. The low and slightly confined feel to the remind you that the CLS is a different but there’s enough room for two to sit comfortably in the rear.

And while it lacks the Audi’s versatility, the 520-litre boot is shaped, plus fold-flat can be added for £445.

The column for the automatic box frees up space on the tunnel for the COMAND controller, is as intuitive to use as the Audi’s MMI infotainment Overall, the straightforward layout has about the right mix of modern traditional materials and dials.

On the move, it’s clear the CLS 500 has the and character to rival the S7. The 4.7-litre V8 offers 12bhp less than the Audi’s engine, at but has 50Nm more torque which ensures the car has the performance to up with the S7.

Yet while our test figures show just how these two cars are, the doesn’t have the positive response of the Audi, while the shifts of the automatic gearbox and power band combine to it feel slightly less than the S7.

Mercedes CLS 500

Plus, even in the manual the conventional automatic gearbox is a too keen to kick down and you get the sporty downshift throttle of the Audi. The Mercedes doesn’t as good, either, although the stop-start system ensures clean and we averaged slightly economy on test, at 20.9mpg.

You can switch the standard air-suspension Comfort and Sport settings, but stick to the latter as the ride is and overall refinement excellent. The car is on the motorway and relaxing around

The Mercedes turns in well and lighter on its feet, yet isn’t as as the Audi on twisty roads, more body movement. So it could be more thrilling to the way the CLS blurs the boundaries of comfort and is perfectly in keeping with a car recreates the spirit of traditional grand tourers.


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The sleek CLS 500 takes a more approach than the S7, but with twin-turbo V8 engine and catwalk it’s still a formidable

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