Mercedes CLS 500 Review, wintonsworld – 2005

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Rating: **** out of 5


S orry for the lack of backing for this claim, but of Mercedes cars are, I the sort of people who crave and privacy.

Unlike BMW or Jaguar they don#146;t buy cars to a statement or to flaunt their They don#146;t want cars. They want to get A to B in a quality car, quietly, no fuss.

If this is true, you to wonder how they will to the new Mercedes CLS.

This is no violet of a car. It is huge. Its swoopy, streamlined, styling you right between the eyes. is no ordinary Mercedes which be bought by people with who hate cars. This car say Belgian grocer or German

This is a rocker#146;s car. celebrities will queue up to buy it. calls it a 4-door coupe, and it is not among manufacturers insisting on oxymoron of a description. Yes, it sleek and fast. But no, it ain#146;t a

Coupes have 2 doors. The car is to offer the style and presence of a tourer. Only nit-pickers say Mercedes hasn#146;t succeeded.

As start at £43,115 (62,000 German taxi drivers also be priced out of the market.


The car is loaded with technology gizmos. Some of take a bit of getting used to. I first drove the car, it to go faster than 6 mph (10 km/h).

I had nudged the speed limiter It took a while to figure out how to this.

When I managed to the speed limiter, the car was a fabulous The CLS 500 has a 5.0 litre V8 engine punching out 306 bhp a 7-speed automatic gearbox. costs £52,115 (75,000 before adding extras. I drove the #147;entry#148; level CLS which has a 3.5 litre V6 272 bhp engine, the 7-speed automatic with override. Mercedes says the new auto box gives better and lower fuel consumption.

The extra gears mean the car#146;s computer can pick the gear for most effective or economy. A diesel version is on the board.

Ridiculously Fast

is also a CLS 55 AMG, powered by a 5.5 litre 476 bhp V8 which was ridiculously Why bother with a faster of a car #150; the 500 – that 62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.1 seconds? The AMG to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds, and produces so much it is too much for the new 7-speed gearbox.

It has to do with an old five-speeder. So you spend £20,000 (30,000 euros) get a bit of extra power that you use without loosing your and an inferior gearbox?

If traditional Mercedes buyers put off by the styling, there some issues they must get to. Mercedes used to be the byword for and high quality. Longevity and is no longer a given, I#146;m

Least Reliable In The U.S.

The reliability survey in the U.S. Consumer Reports ranked the as the least reliable car in 2004. The reliability study ranked the joint 28th with with Mercedes customers twice as many problems as luxury Lexus division, because of dodgy electronics. In first survey in 1990, was ranked No 1.

Mercedes claims to sorted out the quality problem.

also used to be a copper-bottomed making machine. That is no true. In 2004 Mercedes a stunning deterioration in profitability. margins fell from the 5.5 to 6 per cent in the first half of to 2.5 per cent in the 3rd quarter and 0.2 per cent in the 4th

Some expect that the star will sink the red in the first quarter of 2005, losses running as high as million.

Mercedes has been by huge warranty costs its unreliable E class, not to mention the of the weakening dollar in its biggest the U.S. The CLS is based on much of the E engineering. But Mercedes says all problems are a thing of the past.

The CLS into the model range the E class and under the top-of-the-range S which is due for renewal in the autumn.

As for the new if you can get by the styling, the car itself is remarkable. The of technology to cosset and comfort you is Adaptive airbags change the way the force they deploy on the severity of the accident.

Keyless ignition means the car you are entitled to drive and will doors and ready the ignition for the starter button.

Bi-xenon Light System illuminates corners.

Four zone control allows passengers to the temperature they want.

All including the rear ones, are electrically.

The driver and front seat extend and grip to you under hard cornering. The will massage your back too.

Radar control holds you away the car in front

The cabin quality is top with the switches housed in a dashboard. The wood trim on the AMG though looked decidedly The low roof line doesn#146;t to impact head room, in the back the roof will be a if you are over 6 feet tall. seats are standard.

The boot was and wide, but on the shallow side. The air-suspension offers 3 settings. the manual override on the automatic here#146;s is a switch which be worn away by overuse. is just fine, unless you like a hooligan.

The paintwork is based on a new technique nanotechnology which is apparently times as tough as ordinary and 40% shinier.

Repent At Leisure

buyer of a CLS can choose to collect car from the factory at Sindelfingen, This is at no extra cost, Mercedes. Outbound flights, accommodation, the factory visit and travel are all included in the standard charge.

What a neat

I wonder how many people buy the car, travel to Germany to get it, and a long, twitchy journey to Britain or wherever, feeling they are standing out like a thumb, and wondering if they did the thing.

Neil Winton March 20, 2005

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