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 extends from a voluminous 360 dm3 to 1 192 And what a boot. Optionally in a cherry-wood base that is with oak and aluminium strips – for a cool R35 000 – it’s more than a millionaire playa’s don’t be fooled into the sweeping roofline has stolen Even CAR’s Mr Beanpole his pate  perfectly coiffed. isn’t great, but it’s for two adults. Elbowroom is generous, for three.

Up-front, it’s business as in a big Benz (very few manufacturers do it Skip the ghastly matte wood of this test – there are darker, glossier – and you have a superbly constructed that also happens to be to use and lovely to touch, has a Comand that no longer poses a threat to your brain and bulges at the seams with Not mentioned in the features box on page 90 are entry and drive, PDC with a and a park-assist system (much the SB measures in at just under metres), adaptive LED lamps and rear and multi-contour front One curious oversight is the placement of the on the edges of the door tops; this threading is so rough, it your elbows. Not cool the windows are down and you’re the (wealthy) ‘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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