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Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

Mercedes-Benz CLS safety is excellent. Nine airbags that include the conventional driver and passenger airbags are standard. There’s more – the CLS comes with additional protection including kneebag, pelvisbags and windowbags to give the occupants the very best in interior safety. New systems include Attention Assist that assesses your driving and advises you to take a break if it believes you are losing concentration or becoming drowsy.

Active Blind Spot, which warns the driver if a car is passing on the motorway, is also available as an option. This also includes technology that will activate and apply braking force to the wheels via ESP if it thinks a collision is imminent. Active Lane Keeping Assist is now linked to ESP which means that if the driver veers over the white lines in the road the system will gently apply the brakes to bring the vehicle back on course.

A display on the instrument cluster warns the driver at the same time. If broken lane markings are crossed the system controls an electric pulse generator in the steering wheel, which generates vibrations for a short time – a discreet but highly effective cue to countersteer immediately. Before the braking system intervenes, the steering wheel always vibrates to provide a warning.

The CLS is a practical tourer. It can seat four adults and comes with 520 litres of load space – more than enough room for at least two sets of golf clubs. As with the previous generation there is no middle seat: this space is taken by a central console that extends to the front of the car. Keeping change and maps handy is easy as there’s plenty of good-sized cubbies and amply proportioned door pockets.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe (11-18).

  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated mirrors
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • CD
  • DVD
  • Heated seats
  • Sports seats
AMG Line optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Folding rear seats
  • Front fog lights
  • Height adjustable drivers seat

AMG Sport equipment

AMG Sport standard equipment
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
AMG Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD

Sport equipment

Sport standard equipment
  • CD
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
Sport optional equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD