Stylish image, excellent build quality, good choice of engines including excellent diesels
Cramped rear seats, expensive options, not as desirable as convertible
The CLK goes down the 'looking good' rather than 'feeling sporty' coupé route. Its sleeker shape and big pillarless doors lend it a more sophisticated air than a Mercedes saloon. It's a competent driver and the more powerful variants can call upon considerable straight-line performance. But it feels more at home cruising to boutiques and beauty parlours or commanding respect in the office car park rather than chasing down twisty roads.
Changes in 2005 introduced new six-cylinder engines and two new diesels, including the excellent 320 CDI model.
What owners say about this car
In 2 years I have done 90,000 miles. It has only let me down twice, once a broken front spring,... Read owner review
Bought it used with 132k. Front suspension control arms had no rubbers left in them. (The main lower control arms,... Read owner review
Superb, car refinement is up there with the best, road holding even with cheap tyres is fantastic. Now had three... Read owner review