2013 MercedesBenz CLS Shooting Brake Test Drive Popular Mechanics

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Test Drive

Mercedes-Benz has a wagon for people who don’t wagons. Based on the successful CLS coupe, the long-wheelbase shooting has tons of room, a wide of great engines, and one mean Trouble is, they’re keeping all goodness in Europe.


October 10, 4:00 PM Text Size: A. A. A

Date: November in the U.K.; for Asian markets

Price: to $135,000

Competitors: Audi A6 BMW M5 wagon

Powertrains: CLS 350 CDI: V-6 turbodiesel, 204 hp, 457 lb-ft; CLS 500: V-8, 408 hp, 443 lb-ft; CLS 63 AMG: 557 hp, 531 lb-ft; seven-speed automatic; AWD available on CLS 500

EPA Fuel Economy N/A

What’s New: Shooting derive their name the carriages used to break in horses back in the 19th Today, the term refers to a version of a sedan, notably the Lancia HPE, 1968 GTE, 1972 Volvo and 2004 Chevy Nomad Along with the four-door the shooting brake is one of the more body styles in automotive because it offers the chance to what is essentially a sleek and wagon to markets that eschewed them in the past, as North America and Asia.

The CLS Shooting Brake is based on the generation of the CLS four-door coupe. you’ve got here is a radically and big five-door hatchback occupying much the same footprint as the Weight gain could been an issue with car, but Mercedes engineers replaced the CLS coupe’s steel with frameless aluminum and kept the gain down to than 200 pounds.

Tech Mercedes claims the CLS Shooting is the world’s second car (the was the CLS coupe) to have full LED lighting as an option. These are seen as the next thing in automotive lighting, and though require careful installation heated front glass and at the rear, they are highly and should last the life of the

Driving Character: Climb the sumptuous cabin and you’re with a mix of glossy wood, leather, and cream-faced dials. familiar Mercedes fare, bigger and better. For those a spare roll of cash, the options include a plutocrat’s of trim materials, including cherry wood with inlays on the trunk floor, would run you $6500. Just decks of luxury sailing said Marcus Beck, the engineer, rather than the of an American woodie.

It’s and spacious, though you need to be not to head-… the low cant rail on the way the rear seats. Two adults fit comfortably but a third would be a There are acres of space in the liters (20.8 cubic with the rear seats up and liters (54.7 cubic with them folded, beats rival wagons BMW and Audi.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350 AT Base

Start up the Benz and the big 4.6-liter V-8 obediently. With the seven-on-a-tree on the steering column, you simply a finger to engage drive; are small paddles behind the rim to change manually. At 195 inches and 74 inches wide, it’s a big car with a weight of 4310 for the CLS 500, it feels heavy. You a good prod at the throttle to get monster moving; once there’s an impression of unstoppable When you get used to the amount of required, however, this is a and fairly precise machine.

The entertaining CLS 63 AMG version is something of a hot but for most, the 155 mph, 0 to 62 mph in 5.3 seconds of the standard V-8 will be more enough. For the economy minded, the V-6 diesel will make the 155 mph top speed and go 0 to 62 mph in 6.7 seconds, all with a gas mileage of 39.2 mpg. The standard automatic transmission on all copes admirably, with and timely shifts and a lockup at to increase fuel economy.

The electrically assisted steering is weighted and accurate. Push through a series of tight and you can feel the car’s top weight, but on bends it feels planted, enormous reserves of grip. The disc brakes are enormously as well.

The shooting brake firmly but not outrageously uncomfortably on air suspension and conventional springs and at the front. There’s the option of air suspension for an additional $1863, calms the initial bump but leaves the ride quality and intact.

Favorite Detail: a great-looking car this is. It’s the of Mercedes that makes Merc owners jealous. Car love to boast that designs start with a line on a sheet of paper, but you can virtually see the designer sketching line in the side profile.

Driver’s Grievance: The views out of the sloping rear window are than you might expect, but curved rear window and B and C pillars mean there are spots. You need to be cautious if making a fast pass, Mercedes offers a blind-spot system.

The Bottom Line: No, we give a price or an on-sale in America, Mercedes’ Beck Apparently the Benz sales and guys in the States see this as a despite Germany’s best to convince them that it is an car aimed at an all-new market Try the American tourists who flocked the car in Florence, Italy, where the was based, that it’s a wagon. They were so the CLS Shooting Brake would be a hit the pond they were signing up for the car on the spot.

This is an achingly beautiful car a practicality that makes it to fill the gap that the Mercedes never really did. It with all the ride and handling of a top-of-the-line Mercedes, plus performance and an options list will leave you in a debtor’s With all-wheel drive, it easily appeal to the skiing of the snow states. But while it take too much effort to CLS Shooting Brakes parked in Aspen, Colo. that not to be, at least for now.

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