Car review MercedesBenz CLSClass 350 driven road test BBC Top Gear

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 350

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Aubergine. Not a word you’ll across in the pages of Top Gear often, but here it is nevertheless. a white Mercedes CLS 500 in front of me, and its trim is officially known as

Yes, I know, it sounds one of Noel Edmonds’s jumpers. Nor can I ticking the box marked ‘aubergine’ ‘deep purple’ has a better to it — on the online configurator, but it works. The seats are beautifully jobs with the sort of ribbing effect that was the preserve of, say, a Fifties Bentley. But as this is a fully contemporary top-of-the-range Merc, the chairs have that and pulse function, which can a spirited back-road blast like a 70mph arse-kicking at the of a small but surprisingly strong lady.

Aubergine or not, the new CLS is one of cars you just have to There are several reasons for The first is that design Professor Gorden Wagener this second-generation version of break-out four-door coupe hit sold since 2004) to a properly bespoke quality. So the nod to an Mulliner isn’t as off-beam as it seem, and the CLS really does and feel that good. The and more important, reason is the new car confirms what the latest it’s closely related to has suggested: Merc’s remembered how to cars properly again, and AMG notwithstanding — has willingly the market for boorish, rough-riding to its rivals at Audi and BMW.

This is a cool car, in sense. A bit of a lounge lizard, the idea was hijacked by predatory

Which isn’t to say that the CLS is a foul-handling, land yacht. Not a tiny bit. With its V8, the 500 in particular has the necessary chops to a supercar in terms of handling and This engine really is a bit of a sonorous, smooth and effortlessly There’ll be a bi-turbo, 537bhp V8 AMG CLS any day now too, which promises to be fast. But the fact is that the clever stuff is happening in the range, including an upcoming diesel (55mpg!) and a slightly but super-efficient six-pot petrol. The money, though, is on the six-cylinder, turbo diesel, more of in a moment.

Of course, you buy a CLS because it looks The previous model, which repeatedly refers to as an icon realising that an ‘icon’ is a religious painting, polarised Mainly mine, actually, I hated its bendy styling and opportunism at first, before round to the idea. The new car reconciles current mission to marry a snout with a curvy much better than the manages. From here on in, sportier cars and its more products will go their ways visually, and the CLS’s nose ushers in the new ‘sporty’ look, complete with LED headlights (71of them, in for increased safety and a distinctive signature. So get used to it. There are 37 in Mercedes’s lighting division families to feed.

There’s an lot happening on the rear doors, and as usual much depends on paint finish and wheel But, trust me, if a car can get away white paint over an interior, it must be fundamentally There’s also a particularly satin silver finish, is a nuisance to touch up if you ding it in the car but probably worth the grief and the £1,000 it costs. More is a new Zircon red, the aim of which is to Mercedes out of the predictable silver/grey/black Looks good, too. But not as as the silver, grey or black.

Both interior quality and have taken a big leap The options list is bigger an Argos catalogue, but even the crass vulgarian wouldn’t be to ruin what is a very conceived and beautifully executed The dash-top has immaculately stitched there are matt-silver inlays the air vents, and though some of the finishes are of questionable taste, all classily made. The centre opens with an extravagantly hush.


It all feels incredibly Even the (optional) Harman Logic 7 audio had the positioning of its 14 determined at the body-in-white stage. though the main instruments are the digital display within the is now in colour, and bulges with so information that it’s a second Comand system, with the one that governs the Mercedes has seemingly attached the or -Tronic suffix to virtually — traction control, control, blind spot lane departure (these two brake the outside rear and work in conjunction with the night view, parking, etc — that one wonders if on the verge of creating a car and driver that’s too helplessly paranoid to the driveway in the morning. Assist? more like. That it would be churlish to argue Merc’s commitment to active and safety, and reckless hedonists can reach for the off button.

This is a much more car than CLS v1.0. It uses the same architecture and has an identical to the current E-Class, which is no bad But there are some key alterations. The doors are all-aluminium — generates a weight-saving of 24kg to steel — and aluminium is extensively elsewhere, though the 350 still weighs 1,815kg. The CLS is slippery, though, with a co-efficient of 0.26. Back in the 1980s, a figure like was the stuff of science fiction.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 350

And not all. At first glance, the on Mercedes’s latest powerplants are so they look like errors. The 3.5-litre petrol-engined 350 delivers 41.5mpg, and CO2 emissions of and even the CLS 500 can manage 31.5mpg on and coughs out less than The start-stop ‘Eco’ option and works unobtrusively. We’re into cake-and-eat-it territory surely.

As for the 3.0-litre diesel 350, how does 264bhp and 457lb ft of sound? Or 47mpg? Around 90 per of UK CLS sales are diesel, and though the six and petrol cars are both this might be the final point. The CLS’s chassis is so that even the heavier doesn’t blunt its handling or It uses a tuned version of the multi-link front and rear set-up, so it rides beautifully. The is a new electric system, chosen because it only uses ‘on-demand’, which helps fuel consumption and emissions. electric set-ups are synthetic at utterly rubbish at worst. But one works. There’s plenty of and it’s perfectly linear. For a big the CLS can really be hustled along, and unbelievably sure-footed, even on the up- and downhill Italian mountain we drove it on.

The seven-speed automatic can be a hesitant on kick-down, but flipping it manual mode and using the circumvents this problem. The refinement on all three versions we was exemplary, and wind noise the door mirrors and pillars was too. Nor could I spot any difference between the adjustable air on one model and the steel springs on however the control freak in me prefers a conventionally optimised though maybe not on Britain’s roads.

The new CLS is a cool, covetable, and highly car. I loved it. In fact, that rare thing, a car which I could find wrong. Unless you count an interior after a daft

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Performance: 0-62mph in 6.2secs,max 155mph, 47.0mpg

Tech: 6cyl, RWD, 264bhp, ft, 1815kg, 159g/km CO2

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

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