MercedesBenz CLS 350 Review International Business Times

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 Review

By Anthony | December 13, 2011 10:42 AM EST

CLS 350 Blue

EFFICIENCY: 3.5-litre petrol direct-injection with automatic transmission, rear-wheel 225kW/370Nm. $159,200 (Manufacturer’s Price)

It’s big, imposing and it’s very, agile. Even though got the right pedal banged and square up against the firewall, the CLS is showing no signs of being in some difficult off-camber It’s mighty impressive for a executive four-door cruiser.

said, I doubt whether the in this luxury segment ever have the motivation or to punish their daily in this kind of fashion and at kind of pace, but it’s to know the ability is there if you it.

It’s confusing, I know. Is the CLS a version of the CL-Class or is it in fact a variant of some sort. I to the uninitiated, it could be any of the above.

The CLS is based on the E-Class platform, but never know that at the car from side-on, such is the length of this thing. In you’d swear it was a close of the CL Coupe, itself based on the sedan.

It certainly looks coupe than sedan and precisely what Mercedes-Benz had in when it created the coupe-styled segment with the Vision CLS which was first revealed at the Frankfurt motor show.

Series production commenced in and it’s been a successful for Benz ever since, well over 170,000 globally. It’s easy to see why on the styling front alone. If Vader were alive, be driving the latest model CLS with all 71 LED lamps that the futuristic headlamps, or waiting in the for a ‘Black Series’ version.

known as the 2011 C218 it’s considerably more than the previous model to styling cues from the SLS most notably the oversize star and the grille. The wheel are now heavily flared and there’s interesting sculpture lines the side of the car. The front also incorporates an extra air intake, which I suspect cool air towards the brake I said earlier the CLS was imposing; take a look at that sloping bonnet, not to mention its width.

Standard rims on the CLS 350 are 18-inch alloys shod split size rubber; series up front and massive down the back. Our press car with optional 19-inch numbers, which are must item in my view.

It’s also incredibly with a roofline that just over 1.4 metres and that’s lower than sports cars these

They’re not the only changes; the new CLS has aerodynamically enhanced so that it’s additional width, resistance has been cut by 10 per cent. the car has a Cd value of just 0.26. remarkable for a car of these proportions and is in part to the fact that was the first car maker to build own wind tunnel.

Lightweight comes into play with the CLS benefiting further substantial use of aluminium, including the which contribute a weight of 24kg alone. Add to that the front wings, boot parcel shelf and much of the components and what you get is a remarkable fuel consumption.

It might not the ballistic firepower of its CLS 63 AMG sibling, but assured, the CLS 350 BlueEFICIENCY is no slouch. with 225kW and 370Nm of this V6 executive express take you from standstill to in six seconds flat. That’s more impressive when you it’s naturally aspirated and less fuel that cars in the small-car segment.

a smooth revving engine plenty of torque if you need to the hammer down for high-speed overtakes. The seven-speed auto known as G-Tronic PLUS, is svelte with almost shifts when driven

You can use the paddle shifters if you want to the gear ratios a little before shifting up, but there’s no point to the exercise, given how this transmission adapts to driving style.

For a large car of transporting four large and their baggage in sublime at speed, the CLS 350 does corners equal aplomb. Put the car into a of S-bends and you’d never that you were piloting to a five-metre car. Its turn-in are impeccable for a car of these dimensions, and using a fair old dollop of There’s some initial roll, but it’s only and doesn’t affect the car’s in the slightest.

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Mercedes-Benz has well and sorted the suspension tuning on the CLS which is pretty much a transplant from the current but has been specially optimised for the It’s the same story its multi-link rear suspension, has again been modified to a high-performance level of ride and Some of the credit must go the electromechanical steering; it has a nice to it at speed or when cornering, but up for those parallel parking For a large car, steering to driver input is both and direct. It almost begs you to it around as you would a performance of the C-Class.

Despite its size and cornering it’s the near perfect between handling and ride that impresses most the CLS 350. Sydney potholes and road surfaces don’t the big Mercedes, and if you happen to be on a smooth of road, ride comfort in all is simply first class.

it goes hard, but it’s a six not an so don’t expect the same of engine note that you get the sensational C 63 AMG, because be disappointed. There’s a sporty-like from around 4500rpm, but the exhaust note isn’t all inspiring. That said, I that most buyers of model CLS aren’t buying it for its symphony but rather it’s styling and effortless driveability and

Inside, the CLS oozes class. The individual leather seats five-star comfort and infinite of seat adjustment and bolster for over-enthusiastic driving moments.

The architecture in the CLS offers limousine-quality leg and room for all passengers and despite the low although headroom is compromised for rear-seat passengers.

The highlight of the extensive standard inventory is the Harman/Kardon Logic 7 sound system. I often myself parked in the driveway the volume dialed up to concert and in a state of euphoria until the was over, such is the sound from this unit.

the COMAND APS (cockpit management and system) with a seven-inch along with a digital TV and every other electronic you can think of — and all standard kit. The nappa leather steering wheel is both a to hold and look at, as is the proper and metal trim and switchgear. is old world private club up nicely with technology. the wood door trim and is illuminated with a warm glow on the bottom edge as of the ambient lighting in the car. exquisite attention to detail, in a car with a price tag less many of its competitors.

The CLS is equipped a full suite of active and safety gear and that no fewer than 11 airbags and a of high tech warning including Merc’s Attention driver fatigue detection and Lane Keeping Assist both of which could your life. We tested particular feature, which is to the car’s ESP. The car veered the edge of the broken white on the road and instantly the steering vibrated in my hands to warn me of danger, and that’s only a of what these systems can do in of crash avoidance when in concert with each

I particularly like the Blind Assist that Mercedes-Benz as it shows a large orange in the side mirror, along an audible warning beep if the detects a car in your blind

With a list price of or just $6400 more the smaller but more powerful C 63 the CLS 350 is a lot of car for the money. The value proposition is enhanced when you factor in the inventory of creature comforts and the of advanced safety systems on the car. Add to that the sublime and handling prowess of the CLS-Class and the end is an exceptionally high-value package.


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