MercedesBenz CLS350 Shooting Brake CARmag co za

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 Base

Mercedes-Benz CLS350 Shooting

During my time with new Shooting Brake, I was asked a few what a shooting brake is. It a few minutes to convey this concept to someone. But, if you have a base level of of Mercedes-Benz’s new elongated four-door it is maybe worth a look at the of the shooting brake design. the full road test )

History and design

One of the first and shooting brake designs was the Martin DB5. The boss of at the time, David Brown, the standard car for his hunting and golfing There was some serious from fellow hunters and a of 12 units were built.

Fast forward to 2004, and gave us its CLS Coupé, in effect a four-door saloon.

The CLS Shooting takes this design a further. Although the front of the car is similar to that of the standard the Shooting Brake offers a window aperture and clear-cut towards the back. The rear, leaf-like, headlights can be found at the of the heavily drawn-in D-pillars. The is smooth and well-rounded rear

The exterior design of the car, and the effect towards the rear, lead you to assume that the seats – especially in terms of – will be cramped. Fortunately, is not the case. Even our tallest member (1,96 metres) was to sit in the rear seats without his touching the roof lining. The car is to wrap around its occupants in way an Estate can’t do. This is in the extensive slopped A-pillar you are seated behind the steering as well as the rear view that is positioned closer to a standard saloon.

The main highlight though is the (R35 000) American wood deck that the luggage compartment. This includes aluminium rails and a load compartment management Expensive and stylish, but maybe not the practical if you really want to use the area but also don’t any scratches to be visible.

Tyres are usually an important that determines ride But, even with the 19-inch wheels wrapped 255/35 tyres up front and tyres at the rear, the CLS350 ride quality was effortless the Airmatic adaptive damping did a job in most conditions to cocoon the from road irregularities. if you are after the best possible quality, rather opt for the standard wheels.

The CLS350 SB is not set up to offer a or dynamic ride. That is left for the AMG version, but if you feel pressing on, the Airmatic system and transmission can be set to a sport setting. The firms up a little – although is still the main focus – the transmission will stay in a longer before it shifts. don’t think you can attack a pass with enthusiasm the steering wheel-mounted paddles as the either takes its time your input, or simply to execute it. At times, this can be annoying since you really to see the rev needle approach 6 000 r/min if you to use the full 225 kW from the 3,5-litre aspirated V6.

The Shooting Brake, in terms of and appeal, offers more a standard estate. It is without a a little less practical, but it rides better than that cost much, more. The engine offers the shove this car needs, but you an that a turbodiesel would make a lot of sense in this giving low down torque is suited to a relax cruising These days, niche are usually associated with but Mercedes-Benz managed to offer a and viable entry on the superior of the market that combines with practicality.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 Base


Model: Mercedes-Benz Shooting Brake

Engine: V6, petrol

Power: 225 kW at 6 500 r/min

Torque: 370 N.m at 3 500 r/min

0-100 6,7 seconds

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

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