For anyone wanting to savour the full Mercedes Benz experience in a car that will impress then the CLS is probably a good starting point. Now in its second generation, the CLS has all of the attributes that has made this carmaker famous: style, handling and quality. As coupes go, the CLS is the most practical and best looking of its type available today.
In addition, the build quality is incredible and the performance of the entire range is strong – helped by an impressive suspension system designed to deliver comfort and handling. The CLS is not just a wonderful car to drive it's also one to enjoy and has a well-designed and well-made cabin that impresses. There's also a long list of options potential owners can add but these can add considerably to the purchase price of this impressive car. The entry-level CLS 250 CDI diesel is the cheapest of the range to run and will return around 55mpg with CO2 emissions of 135g/km. The top of the range CLS 63 AMG will return around 29mpg.
Designed for comfort, the leather seats are not only comfortable and supportive, they also help make long journeys a breeze. The CLS is a great performer on motorways - it has effortless cruising and overtaking abilities - and the suspension is set-up to help smooth-out bumpy roads. There is an option to have air suspension fitted which improves considerably the ride and the car's agility. A lot of thought has been put into the design of the car, not just with its stylish exterior but also its interior which is more spacious than the car's size would lead you to believe. The boot is also large and easy to access and there's also a new electric steering system to help drivers enjoy the ride. The components used for the cabin are of top quality and everything feels designed and made to last with some real attention to detail going into producing the car.
Why not have a look at the CLS on the official Mercedes-Benz UK company web site and get the latest news about the CLS in the UK at The UK Mercedes-Benz Owners' Cluub. You may also like to see what they're saying about the CLS on the Top Gear web site.
Not surprisingly, the CLS is extremely safe and there are a number of safety systems in place including 'PRE-SAFE' which will warn the driver of an impending accident and help them take action to avoid it. Demand for the Mercedes CLS is still strong for what is a desirable and stylish car but one which is also surprisingly practical; it simply oozes class and charm.
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NEW MODEL ICON: Mercedes has substantially improved its CLS, a car intended to bring coupe style to the four-door Executive sector. David Vivian sets the scene.