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Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base

Road test report May 2011 —— by Kevin

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350

Blue Efficiency

I first drove a Mercedes-Benz CLS in the years of the twenty first I was completely enthralled with the It offered superb driving an absolutely effortless performance and comfort and luxury. What could anyone want a car, except perhaps it was a convertible. That car had a 3.6 litre V6 engine. Mercedes-Benz described it as a door coupe. That was my difficulty, as my dictionary told me #147;coupe#148; was a two door car with an roof, or a four wheeled carriage. However, I had no intention of that anomaly get in the way of my enjoyment of the

Naturally I was excited when introduced the second generation Like the original it is still a door car with four but on this occasion it is powered by a 3.0 V6 turbocharged diesel engine. It is a superb performer, offering and refinement in a package with of driving pleasure. This engine, is smooth, quiet, an performer and considering its performance remarkably economical. It does with the BlueEfficiency technology, is perhaps one of the reasons for its low fuel and exhaust emissions.

Looking at its potential velocity it has a top speed electronically governed to 250 kph mph). Its 0-100 kph acceleration is a hugely impressive 6.2 seconds. On the cycle it recorded a fuel of 36 mpg (7.8 lt/100 km), to an amazing 55 mpg (5.1 lt/100 km) on the urban cycle. This a Combined cycle average of 46 mpg lt/100 km) and exhaust emissions of 160 That puts this model in Irish road tax D, with an annual charge at rates, of Euro 448. I imagine too many potential being dissatisfied with The test car was fitted with a speed automatic/manual transmission, the rear wheels. It offers modes of operation ; E — eco designed to give the best performance, combined with driving pleasure. S — mode which puts the on a really sporting edge to the which likewise yields driving pleasure. and M — mode, which allows the to make the gearchanges manually by of the plus and minus paddles on the of the steering wheel. In my younger I would probably have this option, whereas it is just extra work, I find unnecessary, as the automatic it all so well completely effortlessly. second generation CLS has been by AMG, Mercedes-Benz#146;s sporting so it is no wonder that the car is so exciting and to drive.

The AMG influence is clearly evident in the tuning and performance. Using and direct fuel injection, it 195 kW @ 3,800 rpm and 620 Nm @ 1,600 to 2,400 That equates to a specific output of 65.282 kW/lt, is highly impressive for a diesel The huge torque output from as low as 1,600 rpm, to explain the absolutely effortless With that much at its disposal, the CLS can avail of high ratios, which in turn to achieve that excellent consumption and the correspondingly low exhaust The overall power/weight ratio is a performance orientated 11.794

One area that does to be rather contradictory in my view, for a high performance car like the is the provision of a Spacesaver spare 9.5J x 18 tyres are fitted to the driving wheels and 8.5J x 18 to the wheels, yet the Spacesaver spare is a meagre 4.5 B x 18. That is less half the width of a driving and only marginally over the width of a steering wheel, so at the its grip can only be half of a full size tyre. surely is a safety hazard, in wet or slippery conditions, even at the speed these wheels are to.

Although it has a GT Coupe style, sloping rear roof it still offers a commodious cubic metres of luggage This is partly due to the long overhang. If this is insufficient for needs, the car will accommodate up to 100 kg in a container on the roof. However, in my a roofbox would look out of place on a streamlined and very looking car like the CLS. No is made of towing weights, so I the car is not designed to tow trailers or caravans, again would look out of place behind this

When the white tag in the picture is pulled, it brings down two plastic hooks, which can be to hang shopping bags on, so the contents do not come out and roll all the luggage space. The Spacesaver wheel and tools are stored in a below the luggage floor. well may just be deep to accommodate a full size wheel.

The instrument binnacle is It has three large, round, dials. They have backgrounds, with black but the centre section of each has a background. The left hand is divided into two, the fuel level on the left and the temperature on the right. The larger dial is the speedometer and its centre contains a digital information that gives a variety of information, depending on the conditions. includes the outside air temperature, the and mode selected, the average or fuel consumption, whether a is open or not fully closed The tachometer is on the right with red for the upper speed range.

There is another digital screen in the top centre of the facia, is associated with the audio Below it, between the two air vents, is an analogue clock, that rather like a gentleman#146;s class wrist watch. The and controls for the audio are in a panel these two centre air vents, the controls for the dual range control, are at the bottom of the stack. A switch for the lights is on the right side of the facia below the hand air vent, while the for the exterior rear view and the four electric windows, are in the door armrest.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base

A pedal on the hand side of the driver#146;s when depressed activates the brake, while a pull out panel, below the circular switch on the right hand releases the parking brake. on the left hand side of the wheel are audio associated, corresponding buttons on the right are with the mobile telephone

Mercedes-Benz do not demand that you an advanced diploma in computer before you are qualified to drive the but things are certainly heading in direction !

The test car was finished in a called Black and Porcelain. The central console and most of the were upholstered in a black with panels finished in a gloss black ash. The headrests and the panelling on the doors was with a light cream leather. The seats themselves comfortable and well shaped. The seats had electrical adjustments for height, backrest angle and tilt. Each also had a adjustment for lumbar support, heating for cold weather. the two front seats there is an on the centre tunnel covering a sized storage box.

The two seats were each with ISOfix fittings for safety seats. The centre divides the two rear seats at level. It contains two covered spaces with sliding All four seats have head restraints and three lap and shoulder seat belts.

A car with the sporting potential of the AMG CLS good brakes. It has large cross drilled ventilated at the front and ventilated discs at the These are part of a comprehensive that includes anti-lock, brake force distribution, brake assist, plus an stability programme with control, acceleration skid and hill holder assist. The mechanical, power assisted and pinion steering has a good feel and requires 2.6 turns lock to lock. Parking and in tight spaces is greatly by the front and rear parking

Overall it was a very pleasant car to and travel in and well up to the very standards one expects from a It is a fitting tribute to Gottlieb and Carl Benz.


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