Mercedes CLS500 Review | Autocar

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Mercedes CLS 500

Mercedes CLS500

What is it?

second-generation four-door coupé, the CLS – but Merc’s first car to get a number of mechanical ingredients, from to steering systems to headlamps.

let’s deal with the makeover. Designing a new, better-looking CLS must have a difficult brief. Merc’s team attempted to meet it by an extra dose of visual into the CLS’s bodywork.

is our James Bond car,” one man explained. “And if the last one was Brosnan, this new one’s Craig.”

Leaving the Brosnan vs debate to one side, the new car certainly more contemporary, but there’s doubt that some of the CLS’s grace and elegance has sacrificed on the altar of visual Which, to these eyes at seems a shame.

But now to less subjective considerations. The new body is lighter than the old with aluminium doors save 24kg each, and 10 per cent more aerodynamically too.

This is Mercedes’ proper production model to get engine stop-start, its first to get power steering, and the first car in the world, Merc claims, directional LED headlamps.

The 3.0-litre version, which will for most UK sales, gets a new and a lower compression ratio for refinement.

The CLS 500 petrol, however – the car testing – uses a brand new twin-turbo V8, which produces more than the old naturally 5.5, 52 additional pounds of and is also 25 per cent more efficient.

What’s it like?

This is a metre, near two-tonne seater, capable of better 30mpg on the run, and yet that has 402bhp and can hit 62mph in under and a half seconds.

In those it’s a very modern and sports saloon indeed.

is proud of this powertrain, and every right. The V8 is perfectly under the long bonnet of the It has immediate throttle response.

no compromise on mechanical refinement for the of the turbos. The engine even great, making a soft-edged around idle that a gentle but melliflous howl on.

It’s great to be back in a sports saloon with induction. This car’s mid-range swell of torque rapid ground-covering effortless.

The very happy to be revved, but no need to go after the redline now to pull off that overtake Credit to Mercedes for an excellent optimisation on its 7G-Tronic gearbox which kicks down when you need it to.

The V8 500 is the only of the CLS available from launch, Airmatic air suspension as standard. It 20mm wider tracks the old CLS, as well as MacPherson chassis hardware borrowed the current E63 AMG saloon.

It’s an accurate and device when you want to its legs, and yet it’s still a quiet, comfortable and compliant the rest of the time.

If you were being picky, you say that the CLS 500 could do with a more steering feel. You also say that the ESP system, has been modified to respond to the quicker steering rack, be a little more subtle and intrusive. But these are very criticisms of a car that both and rides very capably

Should I buy one?

Mercedes has off something very special this car. It has created a with dynamism to spare, but also has all the refinements you expect Mercedes.

Those back still feel a little for adults, but considering the extra and driver entertainment that the new CLS relative to ordinary mid-sized generally, and to a standard Merc in particular, you can’t really to be impressed by it.

You may not think it’s quite as as the last CLS – this tester doesn’t look it – but the new car is even appealing underneath its panels.


Price: £60,000 (tbc); Top speed: 155mph 0-62mph: 5.5sec (tbc); 31.4mpg (tbc); CO2: (tbc); Kerb weight: Engine: V8, 4663cc, twin-turbocharged Power: 402bhp at 5000-5750rpm; 443lb ft at 1600-4750rpm; Gearbox: auto

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