Mercedes Benz CLS 350 CGI | Long Term Tests | Car Reviews | evo

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 350

Our CLS was never a huge thrill but as luxurious transport, it was a delight

It was a thing in which to take on a trip

Morrison’s car park, Bay, one cold and frosty last December. I’m making a few phone calls from the obsidian depths of our CLS 350 CGI’s when I spy a slow-moving old boy approaching the east. I can see that it will him a while to reach me, so I don’t his gaze for a few minutes while I the call. Finally, he shuffles to a by the driver’s door and taps on the window. He looks harmless, if awestruck. So I power down the and smile weakly. He speaks: a beautiful car.’

The statement is delivered in a husky almost as if he’s in church. seen anything like he continues after a brief giving ‘like’ a weighty and rising cadence that genuine bewilderment. He steps and lets his eyes scan the of the bodywork. ‘Corr…’ He swallows and the bristles on his Adam’s apple a miniature Mexican wave. as if it’s landed from planet… but why here?’ And with he pats the bonnet and wanders off the town.

As I look around at the rusting Transits, sun-bleached 205s and of holiday coaches, I have to he has a point. But thank you, You summed up my thoughts about the CLS Fact is, it has never required a day at Morrison’s to stand out from the In a CLS you turn heads period, if you’ve taken the trouble to the drama of its low-slung stance and proportioning at the speccing stage. on by Mercedes’ PR department – after they had a vested interest in the future after its return 12 on – we eschewed subtlety for maximum (paint, leather, wood, the works), the largest AMG wheels and no A little to our surprise, the result the kind of car you’d expect to see on an MTV rappers special, but a rather exercise in stunning through

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350

Through price, too. we’d finished with the catalogue we were looking at the end of £60K, which was probably a tad for a CLS toting the smallest petrol We could have had a less kitted, V8-engined CLS 500 – with the part of an extra 100bhp – for money. But, at the time, the of the Harman Kardon 11-speaker 7 surround sound system, that massage your and give your torso a squeeze when you go round a and air suspension were too seductive to down. After a year and miles, though, I think the 500 have been a better bet – the optimum CLS. For all its undoubted and a pleasing full-throttle growl, the 3.5-litre V6 never really the CLS with sufficient force to or, come to that, fully the potential of an excellent chassis, the performance of which was a highlight and trounced that of a new C320 CDI I had in for test.

I’d give the 19in AMG alloys a too. Whether too many encounters with pot-holes the first set (which had to be replaced a worsening vibration) I guess never know. The new ones through the remaining 7000 but clearly did the ride no favours. On I’d settle for a little extra over looks, given how of the latter the CLS has to spare.

The door ‘tizz’ never did disappear and the nearside door still pointed skywards to reversing, but too few Mercs have a sense of humour. This one has a delight to live with for the year: swift, quiet, gifted, materially durable, a thing in which to take on a trip, and an even better in which to arrive. I’ve every second of it. All it lacked was

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350
Mercedes-Benz CLS 350

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