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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG (11-18) review.

Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0
Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG (05-10) - rated 4 out of 5
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PROS

Elegant and understated style, superb performance, wonderful engine sound

CONS

Not as driver focussed as some high performance four-door alternatives

At a glance

New price £70,890 - £77,960
Used price £3,655 - £15,845
Used monthly cost £90 - £391
Fuel economy 19 - 20 mpg
Road tax cost £325 - £570
Insurance group 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Elegant and understated style, superb performance, wonderful engine sound

CONS

Not as driver focussed as some high performance four-door alternatives

Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG rivals

Jaguar
XF R
4.5 out of 5 4.5

The stylish CLS four-door 'coupe' was ripe for the AMG treatment and it's sleek looks suit the high performance extras perfectly. It goes as well as it looks too with stunning performance and a 0-62mph time of less than five seconds. It was initially available with a supercharged 5.4-litre V8, but in July 2006 a more powerful 6.2-litre engine with 514bhp was introduced.

Besides its hand-built engine, the AMG version of the CLS comes with specially tuned brakes, stability control, suspension, plus AMG sports seats. It's undoubtedly rapid, refined and desirable, but sadly not quite as driver-focussed as other high performance cars of a similar size.

Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG rivals

Jaguar
XF R
4.5 out of 5 4.5

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