It isn’t cheap to run, that’s for sure. If you are expecting cheap insurance and low maintenance costs then be prepared for a shock because Mercedes dealers will be pricey and cars with higher performance levels will command substantial insurance premiums. For the cheapest Mercedes-Benz CLS running costs go for the 250 CDI that can potentially achieve 53.2mpg on average, which is pretty impressive for a car this size. The 350 CDI is next up with 47mpg.
Choose a post 2104 model though and you have the option of a 220 BlueTEC, the 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel combining with the new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox to return up to 58mpg.
Estimated fuel cost per year
|Fuel type||Pence per litre||Estimated cost per year *|
|Diesel||131p||£1,063 - £1,295 *|
* The estimated fuel cost figure is based on an annual mileage of 10,000 miles and is a guide to how much this model will cost in fuel each year. It's calculated using the model's average MPG (calculated from both town centre and motorway driving) and the average fuel price from around the country. Actual fuel costs will vary based on driving style and road conditions.
Ongoing running costs
|Servicing period||Variable according to on-board indicator|
|Warranty||Three years/unlimited mileage|
|Road tax (12 months)||
£145 - £200
See tax rates for all versions
37 - 47
How much is it to insure?
Vehicle excise duty (VED) varies according to the CO2 emissions and the fuel type of the vehicle. For cars registered before 01 March 2001 it is based on engine size. For cars registered on or after 01 March 2001 the VED or road tax is based on the car's CO2 emissions.
Of course, Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake emissions levels are lowest with the 250 CDI Blue EFFICIENCY that spits out CO2 at a rate of 139g/km. The 350 CDI has CO2 emissions of 161g/km and the C63’s emits 235g/km.
After 2014 though the 220 BlueTEC diesel was the one to have, as it emits just 127g/km of CO2.
Highest and lowest CO2 emissions
|Engine||CO2 emissions||Road tax (12 months)|
|2.2 CDI Diesel||132 g/km (Min)||£145|
|3.0 CDI Diesel||162 g/km (Max)||£200|
You’d be extremely unlucky if you ran into trouble here, because we expect Expect Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake reliability to be very strong indeed. The German car maker has proved that it can build robust cars with plenty of gizmos that won’t give up the ghost after a few years of ownership. Build quality is exemplary and the engines have already proved that they are extremely robust in other Mercedes models.
Car checklist problem points
|Body||No problems reported.|
|Engine / gearbox||No problems reported.|
|Other||No problems reported.|