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Mercedes CLS350 CDI BlueEfficiency CAR review

By Jethro Bovingdon


31 May 2011 12:00

is rightly proud of the outgoing CLS and the for ‘four-door coupes’ that it That car was a real shock it was unveiled, a radical departure not from the E class, but the entire range. Some people it, but that was kind of the point. And who loved it really, really it. The £15,000 or so premium over an E just didn’t matter… to Merc’s bottom line. No they’re so keen to get the new generation

Although the new CLS range starts a humble CLS250 and goes all the way to the AMG, the CLS350 CDI BlueEfficiencyY be the big seller in the UK (over 90 percent!). The new car is 21 more efficient than its The turbocharged V6 thumps out 265bhp and ft from just 1600rpm, returning 47mpg.

Mercedes CLS 350 CDI: the new exterior

I’m not so sure that the styling is a in the right direction. It’s shocking, more clearly to the E class. With a dash of CL and SLS there you can’t argue its road presence and the new CLS does like an expensive object, but to me also less dynamic and a heavier handed. A shame as extensive use of aluminium for things the doors, bonnet, front and many of the suspension components actually as light as the smaller CLS and with a Cd figure of just it’s more slippery, Furthermore the engineers have given more freedom to it dynamically from the E class and rather pleased with the The say it epitomises ‘refined sportiness’, that means…

Inside the Mercedes CLS 350 CDI

The interior is Again it’s not quite as out as the old CLS’s cabin with its plank of curved wood, but it the driver-focussed themes that so well in the old car and has much better a cleverly integrated infotainment (sorry, horrible word) and a general sense that all is with the world. The driving is great and endlessly adjustable and you be speccing a CLS anytime soon sure you tick the box for the Dynamic seats with massage Bloody marvellous, I tell

Driving the Mercedes CLS 350 CDI

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base

So let’s you’re one of the 20 percent of customers who to know what the CLS drives You’ll want to know the electric power steering it really informs the car’s dynamic make-up. At just a over two turns lock-to-lock you assume it makes the CLS a little However, by designing the rack so it’s quite sedate the neutral position it actually rock solid at motorway The ratio speeds up aggressively as you add input (it’s 30 percent past 90 degress than at the ahead position), aiding and reducing your wheel on tighter roads. If the set-up slightly freaky, the reality is intuitive. I’d say the steering is too light at speeds (like they’ve the system from a Rolls Shadow) but once past 20mph, the weighting and the way the front end to your inputs feels natural.

Mercedes CLS 350 CDI: power and

The 3-litre turbocharged turbodiesel is quiet and creamy. A BMW in-line is smoother still, but few would about the refinement or the power on here. The torque is instant and insistent, the claimed 0-62mph in entirely believable. The revised Plus automatic is impressive, In ‘E’ mode it slips quietly gears and optimises the shift for economy, in ‘S’ for Sport it’s eager to serve-up the full hit of but it’s not one of those ‘boxes is forever downchanging in search of performance. Don’t bother the paddles on the steering wheel they don’t seem to with what the ‘box is even in Manual mode.

Mercedes CLS 350 CDI: ride and

On the Airmatic suspension in Comfort the low speed ride is pillowy For those obsessed with magic carpet glide, is pretty enticing. However, I find that air suspension in feels incredible for about and then you notice how rapid bumps make the wheels and skip. Sport mode is better and actually the ride is still superb. Up the pace a bit and the steering and good body combine to make the CLS feel keen. The balance is more than an E class but the car still just a little earlier and a bit determinedly than you’d There’s no disguising 1815kg, it The ESP system is overly keen to your excesses, but in so doing chips away at the car’s smooth edges. Switch the ESP off it’s really just 40-winks and ready to wake-up should you get silly) and the car feels fluent and just as safe. So so unremarkable. Refined, yes. Not really.


All of this info just be irrelevant, given the majority of previous-generation CLS buyers the car for its looks alone. Good to that the CLS really is a well product with its own character, And we should applaud anybody who can up this level of refinement and and yet achieve staggeringly good consumption figures. Even the new manages 31.3mpg – an 1890kg car can dip below 5-seconds from remember. No matter what the say this is no sportscar at the moment, but a useful improvement over an E and a lovely place to spend

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base
Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base

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