MercedesBenz CLS350 BlueEfficiency Shooting Brake CARmag co za

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Mercedes-Benz CLS350 BlueEfficiency Brake

IF you’re bored, a seated in a plane or lounging on a and have a few minutes to spare, to CAR Guide and count the number of wagons. You’ll barely double figures. Even the grand daddy of the estate, only the V60. Audi dropped mainstream A4 Avant in favour of the SUV-like Allroad. BMW a single Touring in its range. sells a miserly number of each month, and it’s guess how many of those are

Higher up the ranks? Forget it. rule the roost. Benz is the manufacturer that sells a big wagon, the E-Class Estate. But that features only two options. The saloon has seven.

Simply put, station are anti-cool. They favour usability and honesty, terms the set doesn’t like. It prefers the of wealth, adventure, lifestyle SUVs project. But perhaps is a middle ground where planks can be loaded into a that exudes street-side (and isn’t unnecessarily from the tarmac). If the new CLS Shooting isn’t that vehicle, terms will forever incongruent.

Derived from the CLS, which followed the opening act with a polarising the CLS350 Shooting Brake is all its bum. It’s so shapely would say too much so; look at the of that overhang!), so unlike a wagon’s. How could it possibly enough space to match of an anti-cool estate?

But it does. The boot extends a voluminous 360 dm3 to 1 192 dm3. And what a Optionally trimmed in a cherry-wood that is inlayed with oak and strips – yours for a cool R35 000 – more elegant than a playa’s pad.And don’t be into thinking the sweeping has stolen headroom. Even Mr Beanpole kept his pate  coiffed. Legroom isn’t but it’s sufficient for two adults. is generous, even for three.

it’s business as usual in a big (very few manufacturers do it better). the ghastly matte poplar of this test vehicle – are darker, glossier options – and you a superbly constructed cabin also happens to be easy to use and to touch, has a Comand system no longer poses a serious to your brain matter and at the seams with equipment. Not in the features box on page 90 are keyless and drive, PDC with a camera and a system (much needed; the SB in at just under five adaptive LED lamps front and and multi-contour front seats. One oversight is the placement of the stitching on the of the door tops; because threading is so rough, it scratches elbows. Not cool when the are down and you’re cruising the ‘burbs.

Under the bonnet beats a aspirated 3,5-litre V6 with injection. Although it’s round for a while, and will be replaced by Benz’s new bi-turbo in different states of tune various models, it’s a peach. The maximum torque is low enough in the rev range to get the heavy body moving with – evidenced by very good figures – while 225 kW gets it to 100 in a scant 7,10 seconds. It equally well under halting the SB in an average time of seconds and remaining impervious to the of repeated emergency braking. The V6 drank fuel at an acceptable using 9,60 litres/100 km on our fuel route.

But most SUVs post figures. And they can tow big boats unashamedly shout “lifestyle”. The CLS rely solely on its large to alert buyers to its presence in the It needs to drive better any SUV. Composure is the key here, it’s being flung a corner, traversing rutted or cruising the highways at triple-digit The electro-mechanical steering is smooth, weighted and fast enough. The air does an admirable job of curbing while imbuing it with a ride even on the paper-thin on this vehicle’s optional wheels. And noise intrusion is the engine plays a secondary tyre roar is acceptable subjectively better than on the and wind noise almost despite the CLS350 featuring side glass.

Look, the CLS Shooting Brake isn’t as user-friendly as SUVs as the Porsche Cayenne and Mercedes’s own But it comes close enough it presents a viable alternative.

duality of character is compelling: at a composed, beautifully refined express and then a user-friendly for the family, it’s perhaps what station-wagon aficionados (if people even exist) been waiting for. The Brake introduces a healthy of swag to the severely staid and station-wagon market, and as such to do very, very well.

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