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Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
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PROS

Stylish image, excellent build quality, good choice of engines including excellent diesels

CONS

Cramped rear seats, expensive options, not as desirable as convertible

Verdict

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

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

My car has 218,00 miles and passed mot yesterday with three advisories: two brake pipes corroded and play in wheel... Read owner review

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