2007 MercedesBenz CLS550 Test drive and new car review 2007…

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The 2007 CLS-Class a luxury sedan to look like a coupe. I know how coupe-ish it looks, but it is a handsome car — and a big one, But the gorgeous styling comes at the of big-sedan practicality, leading reviewer to ask: Is this Mercedes really necessary? base (including gas guzzler $79,235 as tested, EPA estimate 15 MPG highway.

First Glance: No one what it’s like to be the bad man

judge you by the car you drive. I’m at how differently my fellow motorists me when I’m driving an SUV versus a small, svelte Driving the CLS550 earned me the of contempt usually reserved for SUVs. They cut me off. turned in front of me. If I signaled changing lanes, the opening for I was headed would suddenly up.

I’m assuming this was the factor at work: A young-looking guy me (I’m 35, but don’t look a day 34) driving such an expensive-looking car have somehow cheated the right?

The funny thing is, the CLS as expensive as it looks. I was surprised to that the CLS starts well $70k. Granted, that’s a bit out of my budget, but considering the CLS’ styling, powerful engine, ride, top-of-the line features and gadgets galore, I the base price to be well of $80k, more once you piling on the options.


In the Driver’s Seat: Paying the for style

Beige color the CLS550’s interior an open, look; black atop cuts glare

Photo © Gold

Mercedes is trying to get to the over-attention to detail for which cars used to be known. abound in the CLS: A black topper for the beige interior, all but eliminates dangerous windshield A max cool button for the air conditioning Frameless door glass goes to photo). And then the center console armrest: double-hinged to open left or so either driver or passenger can the contents with ease. German design for you. The would have simply it at the rear.)

You might think the CLS gives up practicality for its non-sedan-like shape. be right. I’m only and I had to duck my head to get into the seat. I can’t imagine how a can get in without clonking his noggin or his back. Once inside enough room to sit comfortably, but the that you have to scoot toes in under the front presents an additional challenge trying to get out. All in all, from the individual temperature the back seat accommodations any better than Mercedes’ own (review ). And while the E seats the CLS only accommodates four.

On the Road: Quick and quiet

the CLS takes some getting to. The driving position is somewhat because the steering column is slightly to the right — a I would guess, of taking a car on the E-Class platform and widening it by two The added width — the CLS is as as a Mercedes S-Class — the CLS feel like a much car, but the turning circle is tight: The CLS can pull a U-turn on residential streets.

The rear-wheel-drive is powered by a new 382 horsepower 5.5 liter V8 a 7-speed automatic. Acceleration is passing is effortless, and the CLS is remarkably at all speeds.

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The CLS550’s Airmatic air suspension has a mode and two sport modes. It has a lift mode, which CLS owner should know and my test car’s chin showed the scars of many at least one of which was my fault.

of which suspension mode you the CLS is very stable in sudden The fun factor isn’t very though, even with the in sport mode. If you really to drive, try the CLS550’s big brother, the AMG — provided the $96,000 tag (including $2,600 gas guzzler doesn’t put you off.

Journey’s Are you willing to trade practicality for

CLS550 is a four-seater with a console between the two rear

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get back to the question I raised Is this much Mercedes necessary? I love the way the CLS looks, if it did seem to evoke the ire of my fellow But from the inside you’ll notice the CLS’ more styling. You will, however, the offset steering wheel and the of driving a wider car, you aren’t too busy apologizing to rear-seat passengers for not warning to watch their heads as got in.

Personally, I’d rather an E-Class. It’s more less expensive, and its available a more economical V6 and a much economical BLUETEC turbodiesel ).

Now, all that said, more about practicality style, as anyone who has ever my wardrobe will attest. The is common to the point of blending in, but the CLS is unique, bordering on exotic and as exotic cars go it’s equipped and pretty reasonably Despite being in its third the CLS550 still draws — some admiring, jealous, some resentful. I that’s the price you pay for showing

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