Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (11 on) - Review

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 21 Nov 2013
4.5
The second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS has arrived. When initially launched in 2005, this car created a new niche – a saloon/coupe crossover - and while this new version takes design cues from Merc’s £140k SLS supercar it’s based on the rather more sedate E-Class saloon.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupé (11 on)
Sleek looks, refined engines, excellent build quality, frugal 250 CDI.
Steering feel not as good as rivals, foot-operated parking brake, four-seat configuration might put some off.

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

4.5 out of 5

The second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS has arrived. When initially launched in 2005, this car created a new niche – a saloon/coupe crossover - and while this new version takes design cues from Merc’s £140k SLS supercar it’s based on the rather more sedate E-Class saloon.

Four new engines are available and there is a clever new electric steering system to enhance driver enjoyment. From its good looks to its stylish interior, the CLS oozes class. Rival German manufacturer Audi has recently launched the A7 to compete with the CLS, but is the Merc a better buy?

Sleek looks

The Mercedes CLS is the car that started the whole fashion for four-door coupes with the first generation model. Now the second generation has far more competition now the likes of the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe have caught up with it in this sector. Still, the Merc remains the car by which this class is judged and much of this comes down to its sleek, sporty looks.

It manages to hide its size very well and appear very balanced to look at. Depending on which options you choose to specify your CLS with, you can make the car into anything from a very subtle express cruiser all the way to a very aggressive-looking sports car.

Four seats only

Mercedes designed the CLS as a coupe first and foremost, so even though it has four doors it is not meant to be the last word in saloon car practicality. Then again, Mercedes has then given the CLS only four seats, so it does miss out on some of the added practicality offered by the Audi A7 and BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe as they can both carry five at a pinch. Without the fifth seat, head room in the back of the CLS is still restricted due to the slope of the roof line. It’s nowhere near as cramped as in the previous CLS, but adults might find it short on space over longer drives.

As for the boot, the CLS regains ground here as a superb GT car thanks to a generous load area that will easily hold a couple of sets of golf clubs.

So is this car different enough to keep people out of new competition from BMW and Audi? Read on for our full Mercedes-Benz CLS review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

4.5 out of 5

Performance

5 out of 5

Handling

4 out of 5

Comfort

5 out of 5

Practicality

3 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

3 out of 5

Buying new

3.5 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

4.5 out of 5

Equipment

4 out of 5

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