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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mercedes-Benz CL (07-14) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Mercedes-Benz CL (00-05) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Prestige, presence, pace

CONS

Price, maybe a bit too discreet

At a glance

New price £66,440 - £146,000
Used price £1,235 - £9,790
Fuel economy 19 - 24 mpg
Road tax cost £265 - £325
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Prestige, presence, pace

CONS

Price, maybe a bit too discreet

Mercedes-Benz CL rivals

The CL is Mercedes-Benz's top of the range coupe model. It is in many ways hard to justify as it offers less practicality than the S-Class and lacks the drop-top abilities of the SL, and all three models offer similar performance. Look at it another way however and it is more practical than the SL and sexier than the S-Class. Visually discreet (as much as a five metre long Mercedes can be) it combines wonderfully cosseting accommodation and a gargantuan boot with varying shades of disdainfully powerful engines.

If you have the money to be able to afford to buy and run one then your cars probably don't need to justify themselves.

Mercedes-Benz CL rivals