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3 out of 5 3.0

There are only two trim levels: the standard model and AMG Sport. You can, however, spend an arm and a leg when loading up your car with optional extras.

The standard Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake equipment list is pretty generous on all models offering an MP3-compatible CD radio featuring a twin tuner, Bluetooth connectivity, a USB connector socket and a six- inch display, sat-nav, a DAB radio, bi-xenon headlights, leather upholstery, fog lamps, a three-spoke leather-covered multifunction steering wheel, cruise control, climate control, parking assist and 18-inch alloys.

The 350 CDI and AMG Sport models get a sat-nav upgrade called Comand. This offers a bigger screen, voice-activated controls, a 3D display and Google apps for local traffic information, weather and Streetview.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake accessories

If you want you can go for the easy-load securing kit with rear sill protector, privacy glass, aluminium load bay rails, a tow bar, semi-active air suspension and the wooden floor on the boot. A fancier Logic7 audio developed by Hi-Fi specialist Harmon/Kardon can be specified for an extra cost and this will offer a ‘natural 360-degree musical experience for all passengers’ but if that’s not enough go for the all-singing all-dancing 1,200-watt Bang and Olufsen surround-sound system.

There are number options packages available including the Exterior Sports package that includes a twin-pipe exhaust system and sportier 18- or 19-inch alloys. The AMG Sports package comprises a three-spoke multifunction sports steering wheel, sports pedals, sportier 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels and AMG detailing on seats and head restraints as well as the extra driving modes and uprated suspension. If you want you can go for the Exclusive package which is a more luxurious affair and that features so-called ‘Passion’ leather upholstery and ambient lighting.

In 2014 the standard kit list was upgraded, and the seven-inch integrated screen for the Comand system made way for an 8-inch model that now sits on top of the dashboard like a portable tablet. And while LED lights were made standard, a new LED Multibeam system that bends light around corners and automatically toggles between high and low beam for oncoming traffic was added.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake (12-18).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • 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
  • Folding rear seats
  • 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
  • Folding rear seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Space saver spare wheel
AMG Sport optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • DVD


5 out of 5 5.0

You’ll find Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake safety levels hard to beat. This car has not been tested by Euro NCAP yet but you can expect five stars when it does. The CLS Shooting Brake’s crumple zone has four independently acting impact levels which enables forces to be distributed over a large area in the event of an accident, while the whole passenger cell has been so well constructed that it should give occupants extra peace of mind.

As well as nine airbags and standard-fit child-seat fittings the Shooting Brake is fully loaded with systems to try to keep you out of trouble and they include stability control, brake assist, drowsiness detection and adaptive high-beam assist that changes the headlamp beam automatically when oncoming vehicles are detected. There’s also active blind spot assist, lane-keeping assist that warns the driver if he or she has drifted over the white lines without any indication.

Mercedes’ Adaptive Brake that features hill-hold assist is also standard. Buyers can opt for Brake Assist Plus that provides additional braking if need be as well as Distronic Plus, a radar-based adaptive cruise control system that brakes the car if it thinks it’s getting too close to the car in front. Other options include Speed Limit Assist that tells the driver what the speed limits are at any given time, the anti-whiplash Neck-Pro system and Night View Assist that helps to identify pedestrians or other objects in the path of the car at night time.

The CLS also features Pre-safe Brake that automatically brakes the car if it thinks an accident is imminent.

Interior & boot space

4 out of 5 4.0

CLS Shooting Brake practicality is excellent thanks to the sheer amount of amount of loadspace on offer. With the rear seats up there’s a total of 590 litres available and that mushrooms to 1,550 litres when you put the seats down. That’s pretty impressive and the Mercedes-Benz holds its own when compared with the BMW 5 Series GT that offers 440 litres with the seats up and 1,700 litres with the seats down.

It’s pretty useful when you compare it to the Infiniti FX that only has 410 litres with the rear seats up and 1,305 litres with the seats down too. There’s a token middle rear seat, so it is to all intents and purposes a four-seater. There’s plenty of legroom in the back and Mercedes has also designed a step in the roof lining to give rear-seat passengers more headroom.

Inside, there’s a pleasing amount of storage space dotted around. There are two cup holders in the front and a central storage box in-between the driver and passenger. The electronic tailgate that shuts and opens at the touch of a button is a welcome addition.

How does the boot space compare?

Check the table below to see how the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake (12-18) compares to other similar cars in terms of available boot space.

Model Boot space
Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake (12-18) 590 litres
BMW 5-Series GT (09-17) 500 litres
Infiniti FX (09-18) 410 litres
Porsche Panamera (09-16) 335 litres

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