Review 2012 MercedesBenz CLS550 Businessweek

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Review: 2012 Mercedes-Benz

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Mercedes’s new is a bold, beautiful machine for who are looking to combine power and in a pricey package

Mercedes-Benz’s CLS550 is a natural for luxury car willing to pay a premium for distinctive It’s a beautiful car that the swooping curves and radically roofline of a two-door coupe the convenience of a four-door sedan. also bigger, cheaper, and gets better gas mileage the model it’s replacing.

in mind, however, that which is a unit of Daimler ). has inspired imitators since it the “four-door coupe” segment by the CLS back in the 2006 model The 2012 CLS550 faces new competition, notably from the BMW ) 550i GT and the new A7 from Audi ). as well as from Mercedes’s own expensive (and less E550 sedan.

The most improvement in the CLS is a new engine, a marvelous twin-turbo V8 that delivers 402 and an incredible 443 lb.-ft. of torque. up from 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque for the in the previous CLS550. (If you’re speed you can always pay extra for the AMG, which is powered by a V8 rated at 510 hp, rising to 550 hp if you opt for the $6,990 AMG package.)

The CLS550 is plenty fast for people: It accelerates from 0 to 60 in 5.1 seconds, 0.3 seconds faster the previous CLS. Remarkably, economy has improved, too. The 2012 CLS550 is rated to get 17 in the city and 26 on the highway (17/25 all-wheel-drive), compared with in the 2011 CLS550. During 312 of hard mixed driving in the I got 21.5 mpg.

Like Mercedes models, the CLS550 jam-packed with standard equipment that includes and traction control, active restraints, the PreSafe accident system, and nine airbags them front-seat side, and pelvic airbags, as well as head-protecting bags). Options rear side bags night-vision assist ($1,780), and a departure warning system

Mercedes charges a premium for combination of beauty, performance, and The 2012 CLS has a $2,700 lower price than the 2011 but still starts at a relatively $72,175, rising to $74,675 all-wheel drive and $95,775 for the AMG.

By comparison, the all-wheel-drive Audi A7—which is as good-looking and as quick as the CLS and offers better economy—starts at just over So, for that matter, does the Mercedes E550 4Matic which has the same V8 engine as the and a more spacious interior. The BMW 550i GT starts at $65,275 rear-wheel and $67,575 with drive.

Early indications are many consumers think the new is worth the extra money. CLS sales reached 2,032 in the seven months of this up 75 percent compared with the period in 2010. With the new CLS550 hitting showrooms, were up 811 percent in the month of to 765, after rising 657 to 704, in July, and 645.5 to 738, in June.

Behind the Wheel

In “Comfort” the CLS550 drives a lot like any high-end Mercedes. There’s of power when you need, it, but the is relatively soft, the engine and acceleration smooth and restrained. Put the car in mode and it’s a different The accelerator becomes more the engine growls, and the suspension

Grab the paddles and start yourself and the car becomes a street When you punch the gas, the turbos kick in with no lag that I could discern. is slightly heavier than you expect in a high-end Mercedes not as heavy as in the Maserati Gran ), but provides decent road The CLS550’s 5.1 second 0-to-60 is highly competitive—faster than  the new A7’s 5.4 seconds and only a or two behind the BMW 550i GT and Mercedes (The Mercedes CLS63 AMG with the performance package 0 to 60 in 4.3 blazing seconds.)

I prefer the styling of the previous which had a more refined and a beautiful curved dash integrated seamlessly with the doors. The new model looks Teutonic to my eye, with a more aggressive stance, looking air scoops on the front and a squarer dashboard. However, still gorgeous.

The CLS550’s is less cluttered than partly because there’s no lever on the center console. now only a small electronic on the steering column (like the one in the Mercedes S Class sedan); shifting must be done via the steering-wheel-mounted paddles. Fit and finish nearly perfect, with soft leather and classy, covers on the rear seat compartments.

As before, the radically roofline makes headroom in both the front and rear I’m only 5 ft. 10 in. but my head was close to the even when I adjusted the seat way down. Shoulder is slightly better than in the model, but knee space in the rear seat remains for tall adults. Another Fold-down rear seats, seem as if they should be cost $440 extra. volume without fold-down is just 15.3 cu. ft. about the as in the new Toyota Camry.

My other main gripe the new CLS is that there’s no optional V6 or engine—as there is in Europe—for who want even better economy.

Buy it or Bag It?

There are no bad choices in class of car. The CLS550, the BMW GT, and the new Audi A7 are all wonderful vehicles. The XF, which has been redesigned for (and which I haven’t yet), also looks and starts at just $53,875. all offer curvaceous good excellent performance—and a tight seat.

The Mercedes is the most of the lot. The 2012 CLS550 is for an average of just under according to The Power Information compared with $66,999 for the new A7 and $70,523 for the 2011 BMW 550i GT. are no data yet for the 2012 Mercedes sedan, but the 2011 E550 has selling for $64,578 on average, 15 under the average price of the CLS550.

The bottom line: If you’re on buying a Mercedes, compare the with the E550. The choice be boxy versus bold. compare it with the Audi, and Jaguar. It’s hard to go whatever you decide.

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