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Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base

Mercedes-Benz CLS350 Shooting

Genuinely practical despite roof shape; good headroom; decent performance petrol V6; solid dynamics; a wagon that stands out the crowd

Expensive compared an E-Class wagon; uncomfortable rear seat; no V8 CLS500 polarising styling

As a wagon-esque of a four-door ‘coupe’, it’s to call the  Mercedes-Benz CLS Brake  a niche within a


Mercedes genuinely created a modern segment in 2004 it launched the original CLS, a with a dramatically sloping roofline. It’s been ever since, including by (with the A7) and BMW (with the 6 Gran

Now the German car maker believes it can further, incremental success a styling variation of the common

There are two variant choices the Mercedes-Benz CLS250 CDI Shooting and Mercedes-Benz CLS350 Shooting A CLS63 AMG with the company’s twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 arrives in

The diesel-powered entry-level model, a 150kW/500Nm 2.1-litre four-cylinder, at $129,000.

At launch, we tested the that employs the 225kW/370Nm V6 petrol engine also known from other models. Both engines are with a seven-speed auto.

The Shooting Brake costs before on-road charges are an additional $8930 over the CLS350.

That would be a hit for just a slightly more variant, but the Shooting Brake also gains some features over its coupe-sedan

An AMG Sports Package that’s on the CLS is standard on the CLS Shooting brake, sportier elements such as suspension and 19-inch wheels.

The is longer, too, of course. The Brake, a term popularised in in the 1960s and 1970s with two-doors featuring tailgates, the CLS closer to five metres hits that mark in the CLS63 AMG variant that in 2013).

As with the CLS ‘coupe’, though, are still four doors for the Brake that was previewed by a concept that used the spelling of Break.

Being a we’ll start at the rear for our

The wide hatch door automatically at the touch of a button fob to open; tailgate button to

Once open it reveals a broad aperture and low loading and while the curvature of the rear steals some space with your typical wagon, inside there’s a 590-litre boot that is than the regular CLS’s. For under $5000, you can even your cargo floor from American cherry (pictured below).

Opening the hydraulic boot reveals a temporary rather full-size spare wheel.

The is long enough that the seatbacks are out of reach of normal but good thinking from sees levers embedded the rear side sections of the A simple pull automatically the 60/40 seatbacks into position, and a new cargo capacity of 1550 litres.

Take a glance at the profile of the Mercedes-Benz CLS Brake and you’d be forgiven for there might be a fair of scalp-scraping going on in the back

The car’s design is deceptive, because the roofline is higher the glasshouse that tapers towards the rear suggests. a seat in the back and the amount of is surprisingly abundant.

Knee is also good but not limo-like, the combination of tinted rear and the high window line and glass area means not the brightest of rear accommodations.

The outboard seats are scalloped and upwards, though taller may prefer longer cushions for the seats on longer journeys.

infinitely more comfortable the centre middle seat, While Mercedes pitches the CLS Brake as a five-seater, most would want to avoid the

Best to leave that and allow two rear passengers to the centre armrest that a lidded tray section and cupholders, while centre are accompanied by temperature and fan control so can decide how warm or cool want to be.

There’s nothing in the seats, of course, to prevent the cabin befitting a luxury – coupe style or not.

seats are immensely comfortable of generous under-thigh support and that doesn’t squeeze too

And from a driver’s perspective, the CLS Brake is a great vehicle for long journeys in. Especially ones.

The CLS350’s petrol V6 is and strong, building momentum in a manner without being

And while the engine’s 370Nm of aren’t enough for higher to be held on steeper gradients, the auto generally does when left to its own devices.

a natural firmness to the CLS’s from its 255/35R19 rubber, overall the Shooting Brake a good line between and handling.

It’s particularly in its on flowing country roads, there’s grip, poise and a that the CLS coupe-wagon hybrid feel its size (4956mm up 16mm on the sedan) or weight heavier at 1865kg).

An equivalent version of the E-Class – with the CLS shares its underpinnings – would of be a more sensible choice. It has boot space, can fit up to seven via a third row of seating, and is almost a B-Class cheaper at $33,565.

But the CLS Shooting Brake is not designed to be a purchase decision, and that’s helped to make the original CLS so

And there are few wagons that can heads.

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