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Mercedes CLS Brakes the bank: An £10k over an E-class this estate#039;s a bit too rich

Estate retains the CLS#x27;s roof

If you read the Top 10 Cars for feature, you’ll know the Boxster is one of the winners.

We point out it is the price of a convertible 911 and ask whether the and more prestigious model is twice the money.

So why does a 911 so much more? Yes it is faster and has a bit kit, but it is made from or less the same amount of raw many components are shared the two and even the engines and gearboxes are the same family.

The answer is of that Porsche charges as much because it can.

And is what Mercedes-Benz has done this week’s road subject, The CLS Shooting Brake .

a rather interesting motor. In Mercedes had a brainwave, or at least the department did.

Why not make a saloon that looks a coupe? someone probably And the CLS was born. It’s been too, so others copied the

With that in the bag, the then came up with an version of the CLS, which the showed as a concept car at the 2010 Motor Show. We have the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY model, which is by an economical 204bhp 2.1-litre engine.

There’s one other diesel-powered Brake — the CLS 350 CDI.

The petrol version at the moment is the CLS 63 but that’s going to be joined by a 3.0-litre V6 with 328bhp next year. (that will be called CLS 400, to Mercedes’ confusing numbering).

You can buy an E-Class for about €10,000 like-for-like, so it’s pretty this is all about image and

But back to the car itself. There’s no the Shooting Brake looks Stylish.

Despite the slope at the there’s plenty of headroom for the passengers.

It would be a squeeze three adults, but two should be comfortable back there.

The is remarkably generous with 590 of luggage space with up and 1,550 litres with flat.

That said, the of litres doesn’t tell the story because the sloping means you can’t get as much in as you think.

Mind you, a bonus that it’s and can be opened using the plipper. the option of having the floor out of American cherry pine, but it several thousand pounds and I it wouldn’t look great a few years of being scratched and

The CLS Shooting Brake must seen the inside of a wind so I wonder why the engineers didn’t a bit more time designing the spoiler.

When it’s or the roads are filthy, the rear of including the window glass, absolutely covered in muck. on the motorway, you have to have the wiper on constantly just to see

The Shooting Brake’s interior, and controls are all up to Mercedes’ usual standard.

But while the 204bhp for a smooth ride, it’s not powerful enough for a car of this and appeal.

The suspension is on the sporty despite there being no air at the back.

It’s not too stiff, but enough too make it as interesting to as it is to look at.

As the entry-level version the bank, if you’re feeling you may as well throw caution to the and go for the 350 CDI.

Or you could wait for the CLS I think we’ll come to the Shooting Brake in half a years and see it as a fantastic used

But at the moment you would have to be smitten with its styling to it over the E-Class estate or the XF Sportbrake we tested a few weeks

Fiat 500L

‘L’ is for

Just like BMW did with the Fiat is beginning to expand the of the 500.

So far we’ve only a convertible version — but early next year the new 500L, a micro MPV version of the

Longer than a Punto and than a Bravo, the 500L be available with Fiat’s range of engines which a 1.4-litre petrol, the fabulous engine and the choice of 1.3-litre and diesel engines.

The car is very specced as standard with the 1.4 Pop Star model that at the bottom of the range coming a fiveinch touchscreen radio, control, six airbags and leather knob and steering wheel.

The trim level is the same as the Pop Star but instead of a body-coloured it has a soft-touch material. It also parking sensors and electric windows.

Top of the range is the 1.6 MultiJet

The 500L doesn’t look as as a normal 500, but just as have flocked to the Mini the extra practicality of the new car might it a hit.

Scirocco GTS

GTS earns its stripes

VW has another special edition for the new

It’s the Scirocco GTS and is based on the models.

The car’s essentially a job rather than a performance that the letters imply.

on offer are white, black, red and All come with stripes the bonnet in white or black on the body colour. That’s off with a panoramic sunroof, Thunder alloy wheels and upholstery with a generous of GTS logos.

Petrol and diesel are available with prices at £27,495. The Scirocco GTS goes on next week.


Mercedes-Benz CLS-class Shooting Brake

Diesel do

MG is finally launching some versions of its MG6 GT and Magnette saloons.

The is a 1.9-litre unit that 150bhp and a combined fuel of 53.5mpg.

Stop-start is standard on S, SE and TSE As with all the MG models, the list of equipment is a long one and the prices competitive.

The cheapest diesel on sale is the GT in S trim — will set you back £16,820.

Nissan Navara

Visia-n of

NISSAN has added a new entrylevel — the Visia — to its pick-up range.

Nissan has serious steps to set the price of double-cab pick-up as low as possible.

door handles are replaced plain black ones, for

Even little details conventional windscreen wiper instead of the higher spec ones help keep the down to £17,995 (plus


A light touch for Z4

BMW has given its Z4 a face-lift, albeit a mild In fact, the changes are pretty to spot unless you happen to see the car at

The headlights now include LED rings and are LED repeater lights in the trademark gills.

That and chrome around the headlamps are about it for changes. There’s a new entry-level the £27,610 Z4 sDrive 1.8i, uses a de-tuned version of the turbocharged engine with The same engine in 184bhp is fitted to the top-selling sDrive that accounts for 80% of Z4 sales. The Z4 goes on sale in March year.


The Qoros

HERE’S a better photograph of the new GQ3 saloon that’s going production in China.

The new car company be unveiling the GQ3 at the Geneva motor in early March and the car will go on in Europe towards the end of the year.

It has designed in Munich and Shanghai according to design boss Volker Hildebrand, it’s one of the cars in its class.

What’s to be interesting — and I’ll bet car makers are waiting with anxiety — is the price. it be Dacia cheap and undercut all We’ll have to wait and

What do you think?

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Mercedes-Benz CLS-class Shooting Brake
Mercedes-Benz CLS-class Shooting Brake
Mercedes-Benz CLS-class Shooting Brake
Mercedes-Benz CLS-class Shooting Brake


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