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Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 5 4.1


4.2 out of 5 4.2
  • Easy equipment structure for CLS
  • Only one trim level called AMG Line
  • Three kit-heavy option packs to add

Simplifying the Mercedes-Benz CLS buying process is a single trim structure – it’s called AMG Line, and it comes packed to the gunwales with kit.

There’s also an Edition 1 trim, but that’s only available for one year after launch.

Standard Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe equipment

Fitted as standard to every CLS is the following:

  • 19-inch AMG alloy wheels
  • AMG bodykit
  • Brushed stainless steel AMG sports pedals with black rubber studs
  • Open-pore grey ash wood trim
  • AMG three-spoke multifunction steering wheel
  • Widescreen (12.3-inch) cockpit display
  • Audio20 USB multimedia system with 12.3-inch display
  • Sat-nav
  • DAB radio 
  • Reversing camera
  • Cruise control and variable speed limiter
  • Electrically folding mirrors and dimming rear-view mirror
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Ambient lighting including air vents
  • Keyless start
  • Seat Comfort package (driver and front passenger seat four-way lumbar support and seat cushion adjustment)
  • Heated front seats
  • Artico leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
  • Rear split folding seats (40:20:40)

The limited edition Mercedes-Benz CLS Edition 1 is based on AMG Line and contains:

  • Copper Art interior detailing
  • Seats in black pearl nappa leather with centre sections in a diamond design
  • 20-inch AMG multi-spoke light-alloy wheels
  • Copper-coloured accents and contrasting topstitching
  • Diamond grille with matt chrome pins and chrome inserts
  • Edition 1 lettering on the front wings
  • Centre console and dashboard support trim in black open-pored ash wood
  • IWC analogue clock with exclusive dial face
  • High-gloss black vehicle key
  • Ambient lighting in 64 colours including illuminated ventilation nozzles

Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe optional extras

Three extensive packs make up the optional equipment on offer in the CLS, called Driving Assistance Plus (detailed in the safety section), Premium Plus, and Comfort.

Premium Plus adds the following to the standard spec:

  • 360-degree camera
  • Burmester surround sound system (13 speakers and 590 watts)
  • Electric sliding sunroof
  • Keyless entry with automatic powered boot lid
  • Memory seats, wheel and mirrors

You also get Comand Online services, a multimedia package including:

  • Hard disk drive sat-nav
  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Car-to-X communication
  • Concierge service

The Comfort package is an extension of the Premium Plus pack and adds the following kit:

  • Air Body Control suspension
  • Energising Comfort Control
  • Nappa leather upholstery
  • Air Balance interior fragrance dispenser
  • Oxygen ionisation and improved filtering system

We’ve gone into more detail on the above systems in the Comfort section.

Basic equipment

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

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

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
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Sports seats

AMG equipment

AMG standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • PAS
  • Sports seats
AMG optional equipment
None available

AMG Edition 1 equipment

AMG Edition 1 standard equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
AMG Edition 1 optional equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • PAS
  • Sports seats

AMG Line equipment

AMG Line standard equipment
  • Cruise control
  • Headlight washers
  • PAS
  • Sports seats
AMG Line optional equipment
  • Electric sunroof
  • Height adjustable drivers seat


4.1 out of 5 4.1
  • Stiff bodyshell with passive safety features
  • Lots of active tech included as standard
  • Options galore including Driving Assistance Plus package

The Mercedes-Benz CLS uses the same aluminium-hybrid construction as the S, E and C-Class, as well as plenty of ultra-high-strength steel, and special adhesives to increase the stiffness of the bodyshell. An active bonnet pops up to protect pedestrians from all those solid surfaces.

On top of this is a comprehensive suite of airbags, including driver and front passenger, driver kneebag, windowbag, plus combined thorax/pelvis sidebags for driver and front passenger.

All of this should mean the CLS will hold up well in a crash, although we’ll hold out for a Euro NCAP rating before making a solid judgement.

Active safety systems as standard

As well as a strong passive foundation the CLS also offers the following active safety systems as standard:

  • Parking package including Active Parking Assist with front and rear parking sensors
  • Active Braking Assist
  • Attention Assist
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system

Multibeam adaptive LED headlamps now feature an Ultra Range high beam – producing the maximum light intensity permitted by law, to help you see and be seen.

Optional assistance tech

On top of this you can add the optional Driving Assistance Plus package, which features:

  • Active Blind Spot Assist
  • Active Braking Assist
  • Distronic adaptive cruise control
  • Active Steering Assist (keeps the car between the white lines)
  • Active Speed Limit Assist (monitors road signs for new speed limits)
  • Active Lane-change Assist (swap lanes for you)
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist (stops you leaving your lane)
  • Evasive Steering Assist (helps you steer around incidents)
  • Pre-Safe Impulse Side (prepares the car for a side impact)
  • Pre-Safe Plus (preventive measures to protect the occupants in a crash)

An improved radar can scan the road up to 250 metres ahead, and a special camera keeps an eye on proceedings up to 500 metres away, plus the CLS now uses map and navigation data to adjust the speed of the adaptive cruise control ahead of corners, junctions and roundabouts. In stop-and-go traffic, the system will now restart automatically after a pause of up to 30 seconds.

Interior & boot space

4.5 out of 5 4.5
  • First ever five-seat CLS
  • Larger externally than before
  • Decent boot and towing options

This is the first five-seater CLS - Mercedes has added what is best described as an occasional fifth seat in between the two outer rear chairs.

It’s quite narrow and there’s a chunky transmission tunnel in the floor, so larger adults will want to avoid it, but the fifth pew provides useful extra versatility lacking in earlier models.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS is bigger again this time around – and it wasn’t a small car before – meaning it can feel a little wide on narrow country roads.

At nearly five metres long you’ll also need a decent-sized gap to parallel park into as well, and may struggle to get it neatly into a supermarket bay.

The optional all-around view camera takes the difficulty out of parking – this clever system gives you a top-down view of the car to aid tight manoeuvres.

As with many facets of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, the bootspace on offer fits neatly between the E-Class Coupe and Saloon.

With 520 litres with the rear seats up, you’ll get a fair amount into the boot, providing it’ll fit through the relatively narrow opening, that is.

The three individual backrests flip down individually to increase the stowage space incrementally, letting you juggle space for bodies and baggage.

Despite the slinky looks you can also have roofbars fitted, for a roofbox or bike carrier, and a towbar with trailer hitch if that’s your thing, too.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Audi A7 Sportback (10-18) 535 litres
Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe 490 litres
BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe (12-17) 460 litres
Porsche Panamera 405 litres

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