MercedesBenz CLS500 Curves That Carry You Away New York Times

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Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

Mercedes-Benz CLS500: Curves Carry You Away

Inside the lots of wood, chrome and

Style can be painful, but with the CLS it so good. The car follows in a long of masochistic fashion — birdcage of 18th-century France, bound in China, wasp-waist Victorian stiletto heels that on bunions.

The CLS’s discomforts much begin and end with the seats, and to be honest these a back seat to the car’s dramatic styling. Mercedes to defuse complaints by calling the car a coupe, even though it is clearly a sedan, but the look is so who wants to argue the point?

style is subjective, and the CLS is such a from Mercedes’s slab-sided that some people may not it. Yet I’ll bet it still grabs attention when it glides by, a year after the first reached showrooms, especially in black or granite gray. some angles — the best may be at the rear, a bit off to the side — the car is so pretty it make you weep, the way Daisy burst into tears at the of Gatsby’s gorgeous shirts.

If you are easily seduced by curves, out: the CLS has some terrific lines. Start with the that sweeps from to tail, topped by the arc that the cabin’s greenhouse and is echoed by a line that begins at the wheel well and drifts the wraparound taillamps. While to lighten the mass of a big luxury these lines also the sedan from the box in which it to come. In sum, the CLS has uncommon and the sort of grace conveyed by a few mass-production cars — think of the Jaguar XJ6 or some prewar

The CLS also shows what a marketer Mercedes has become. an E-Class midluxury sedan the skin, the $65,675 CLS carries a premium over the E500. now has 13 lines of passenger vehicles in the States — not counting the Maybach, or commercial truck divisions — Chevrolet and Toyota in its bewilderment of

Some of these choices more sense than In my view, the chief distinction of the sports tourer is that it more French than The CLS, on the other hand, is so designed that you expect it to Italian.

Fortunately, there is under the style. The E-Class is beyond reproach and the engineers some attractions — like 18-inch wheels and sportier tuning — to go with the larger and extra weight.

Unlike the the CLS doesn’t offer a V-6. I the CLS500, with a 302-horsepower V-8 can get the car to 60 m.p.h. in about 5.5 seconds. It is, thirsty. Rated 16 m.p.g. in 22 on the highway, the CLS500 warrants a gas-guzzler tax. Those who the styling but don’t want to it with bystanders can choose the CLS55 AMG. With 469 it goes by too fast to be ogled.

The CLS500 has a seven-speed automatic three shift modes: comfort or sport. The car’s throttle response — are you sure you go — is as much a Mercedes trait as the star.

Once on the way, the CLS is a cruiser that also winding back roads more aplomb than expect of a 2-ton 16-foot-long

The steering is quick and responsive, if a bit (and at low speeds, too light for my The adjustable air suspension offers settings, from firm to firm. On some surfaces, the West Side Highway in the car exhibited odd side-to-side rocking Every expansion strip in the made its presence felt.

While the CLS is a bit bigger than the its style takes one casualty: the seating position in the rear is by a console with an accordion Each of the car’s four has its own climate zone, including fan controls.

Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

With a high and shallow windows, visibility terrific, and the window sills are too to drive like a redneck, arm on But the sunk-in cabin reminds you the car is low, fast and special.

The is showy, with large of wood and a lot more chrome you’re accustomed to seeing Stuttgart. There is also one I have grudgingly become to, the Comand screen that various vehicle functions. At the CLS provides a separate set of climate across the middle of the dash. 14 buttons and 2 knobs, not counting for the heated and cooled seats, the is still more complicated it needs to be.

Storage spaces are disappointing, shallow side pockets and a console. But the cup holders, which too shallow at first, come clever elevators: press a and they rise up to embrace a

It’s no secret that has struggled with quality of late, and a few pieces in my test car and felt cheaper than the sticker would suggest. For the plastic cover of the underseat compartment repeatedly popped

Worse, an ugly boil the lovely derriиre; a black puck, which receives navigation signals, was screwed the blue-gray deck lid.

blemish aside, the CLS is one of the most cars on the road and one likely to be imitated. Unofficial sketches of proposed sedan, the Panamera, a similar profile. And last Aston Martin caused a with a similar four-door study called the Rapide. and muscular, that car is stunning, prettier than the CLS.

Herein lies the problem a wandering fashion eye. head is so easily turned you end up going home with the nice-looking car that comes


Mercedes-Benz CLS 500
Mercedes-Benz CLS 500

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