Parkers overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 4.5

2014 updates

At the tail end of 2014 the CLS Shooting Brake had a series of updates applied, inside, outside and under the bonnet. Most notable is the addition of a new entry-level 220 BlueTEC diesel model, which is economical and refined, but not particularly fast.

Refinement is further helped by the new 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic gearbox, which is available on the 220, 250 and 350 BlueTEC diesels as well as the 500 petrol. Still operated off the column stalk, it offers even lower rpm at cruising speeds to help with economy and efficieny.

Inside there's a new steering wheel, familiar from the firm's other models and a new 8-inch colour screen sat on top of the dashboard, though it's still controlled by the company's Comand rotary dial rather than the new touchpad seen on the S-Class and C-Class. Outside new lights at the front make it look more aggressive, whilc the lower bumper design is more in-keeping with the family face.

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