MercedesBenz CLSClass Shooting Brake an independent road test report

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Mercedes-Benz CLS-class Shooting Brake

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Shooting Car Review

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An coupe’? Can that really Mercedes reckons so. Jonathan tries the CLS-Class Shooting

Ten Second Review

The Mercedes Shooting Brake is an estate car but not as we know it. A stylish combination of and function, it’s a more coupe-like take on the station theme that delivers rewarding driving dynamics, a finished cabin and, most importantly of all, a of practicality that CLS-owners never enjoyed before. they wouldn’t have had that versatility diluted the that sets this car But it hasn’t.


The Shooting Isn’t that just word for an ‘estate car’? no, not really. A Shooting Brake, in is more of an occasional and much stylised load-lugger, loved by — and especially shooting (hence the name) — the 1950s and 1960s, particularly in Britain. A kind of ‘estate if you like, which is why virtually brake’ designs up to this have had only three But can the concept also work five doors? Mercedes so and to make sure we’re of the fact, has christened what you at first think to be simply an version of their executive model with the ‘Shooting title. This variant help Mercedes’ CLS-Class against sector competitors BMW’s 5 Series Gran and Audi’s A7 Sportback. Neither car is as as an ordinary CLS, but both do the versatility of a rear hatch, Mercedes originally couldn’t Hence the need for the second CLS-Class range to include five-door ‘Shooting Brake’ to sit alongside the existing and continuing coupe.

Driving Experience

If you come to Mercedes expecting it to feel a big executive estate car, you’ll be pleasantly surprised. As you be. After all, the whole of a ‘Shooting Brake’ is the delivery of coupe driving dynamics extra carriage space. If the car in doesn’t manage that, all it really is a sleekly styled car — like, say, a XF Sportbrake or a BMW 5 Series Touring. To up to its name, this CLS really has to a little more than out on the road. And fortunately, it does. the car a corner and you’ll appreciate that’s direct and surprisingly — very different that of a comparable E-Class. there’s body roll but you completely eliminate that on a car big. What matters is that this rear drive Mercedes feels agile for such a large with impressive levels of The Shooting Brake range is around the same two key diesel fitted to most CLS-Class — a four cylinder 250 CDI and a V6 265bhp 350 CDI. All Shooting models ride pretty thanks in no small part to the that all are at least partly Mercedes having added a AirMATIC system at the rear across the range to cater for the scenario of this car being with a heavy load. The model in the range, the only one petrol power, the 557bhp 63 AMG which has 800Nm of torque and can be to go as fast as 186mph, has its own sportier settings.

Design and Build

Mercedes-Benz CLS-class Shooting Brake

Is this some kind of sportscar? You almost believe it. Like all models, the front end is modelled on used in the SLS AMG supercar and is dominated by LED Performance Headlamps.At the side, the arc of the upper window line does offer something of a feel, despite all those At around 5m in length, this car is longer than a normal CLS but the really important difference is the way this extension prolongs the of the roofline to make this Brake a more comfortable for rear seat passengers. Out the standard-fit powered tailgate upwards to reveal a hefty luggage compartment that’s the in the class. Push forward the split folding rear and up to 1,550-litres of luggage room is And at the wheel? Well it’s grand indeed. From the hand-stitched leather dash top to the analogue clock borrowed the S-Class and the matt-silver inlays the air vents, everything in the wrap-around is all beautifully crafted — a high end place to be. And fantastically too, even if you don’t opt for the Dynamic Multicontour seats their inbuilt massage

Market and Model

This car is an choice and as such, you won’t it to be inexpensive. It isn’t. The CLS Shooting price span sits in the to £85,000 bracket and represents a premium of around £1,800 the four-door coupe CLS-Class. sales though will be in the to £55,000 bracket for either of the two Shooting Brake variants, most customers likely to be to find the £3,700 premium to progress from the entry-level 250 CDI to the 350 CDI variant we tried. Requiring an budget, the single petrol-powered the top 63 AMG Shooting Brake flagship be a rare but very exclusive Standard equipment runs to like an Active Parking system that’ll automatically you into a tight space, a tailgate, rear air suspension self-levelling and Bi-xenon headlamps. in addition to CLS-Class staple like 18-inch alloy satellite navigation, electrically-adjustable seats, cruise control, a quality 8-speaker stereo DAB digital radio, Bluetooth and Hill Start Assist stops you rolling backwards at junctions. In terms of options, the one you’ll need to consider is the AMG Sport package that I here — and that will want. Here, you get 19-inch wheels, an AMG bodykit, suspension and uprated brakes, paddle-shifters, an AMG multi-function steering stainless steel pedals and the LED headlamp ‘Intelligent Light with a full beam dips itself at night.

Cost of Ownership

As with all models, all Shooting Brake variants are designated ‘BlueEFFICIENCY’ That means they’re frugal. How frugal? Well the 204PS CLS-Class 250 CDI Shooting goes nearly 150mph and nearly two tones yet, a combined cycle fuel of 53.3mpg, is pretty much as as an entry-level 60PS 1.25-litre Fiesta supermini. Impressive it? Because this CLS 350 CDI diesel has six than four cylinders, it quite that frugal but the cycle fuel return isn’t far behind, at 47.1mpg. My real annoyance here is it’s only this diesel that gets the 80-litre fuel tank as — the one you’ll need for a useful operating range. In of CO2, you’re looking at for the smaller diesel (which it just outside the 10% company car tax threshold) and 161g/km for this So how has efficiency like this achieved? The answer lies in four areas: lightweight thanks to the use of all that aluminium, a system that cuts the at the lights or in traffic when you need it, sleek bodywork a 0.29Cd drag factor and the electromechanical power steering. of this kind of effort has directed towards the running returns of the single petrol-engined the top 63 AMG. Having said its returns — 28mpg on the cycle and 235g/km of CO2 — really too bad for a car with a throbbing petrol V8 under the bonnet.


If you always liked the of a Mercedes CLS-Class but, a bit me, always thought it would too many practical compromises, this Shooting Brake may well be your ideal It’ll fit into the way you live, than obliging you to create a that suits it. But it’ll offer up a unique driveway in the way that a CLS has always done. In arguably a more distinctive The name may be a nod to past hunting of the landed gentry but the concept is much of our time: a large that doesn’t drive one, that’s exquisitely practically configured and affordable to if not to buy in the first place. It is very as I said at the beginning, the estate for who wouldn’t normally buy such a And that makes it a very car indeed.

Mercedes-Benz CLS-class Shooting Brake

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