Mercedes Benz CLS Class Review

Mercedes CLS Class front view black paint

Back in 2004 when the original 2015 Mercedes Benz CLS Class was launched, the German brand claimed they had launched an entirely new sector – the four-door coupe. Not everyone bought the claim, but ten years on and we’re all believers. Let’s take a closer look at what the second generation Mercedes Benz CLS offers with our Mercedes Benz CLS Class review.

Mercedes CLS Class side view

Fresh Engines

The Mercedes Benz CLS Class has been treated to an array of new engines, as well as the introduction of an exciting nine-speed automatic transmission. One of the new units on offer is a 2.1-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel variant which offers up 170PS, 201bhp and 400Nm of torque. The performance it gives out is top-notch, and it also deserves kudos for keeping running costs down, emitting less CO2 than its six-cylinder stablemates.

Should you be tempted by the CLS530 CDI model, you’ll benefit from a revised 3.0-litre V6 diesel unit that also performs well, whilst keeping emissions and running costs down. It races to 62mph from rest in 6.2seconds, which makes it almost a second quicker than its predecessor. Power delivery is excellent, whilst it can be both noisy or quiet – depends on your mood. Worth mentioning also is the 4.7-litre V8 power plant which has reduced running costs by 25%

Mercedes CLS Class interior dashboard

Restrained Elegance

The design of the Mercedes Benz CLS Class is somewhat different to last time, where a simplistic ethos informed the engineers’ decisions. This time around, the German’s have decided that more is more, with a busier styling pervading the aesthetics. The wheel arches bulge, the front end is aggressive, whilst a diamond radiator grille offers something pleasing to look at. Revisions also include a restyled front bumper and LED headlamps.

Inside, there is enough space in the back for two people who can sit comfortably, with ample leg and head room all around them. Upfront there is real quality but it’s more of the restrained kind, which is fast becoming synonymous with modern Mercedes. You’ll find here relics from the E-Class,whilst the Mercedes ‘Command’ system will take a bit of getting used to. Boot space is good at 520-litres.

Mercedes CLS Class boot space

Facts and Figures

CLS Class Mercedes Benz deals start out around £46,500 and rise to £87,000 for the saloon. If you want to add the Shooting Brake, you’ll need to pay an extra £1,500. Lighting technology is really good, with the Multibeam LED option doing a particularly excellent job at illuminating the new model after the sun has set. The aforementioned new engine range has reduced running costs, with the 2.1-litre diesel variant offering up numbers of 56.5mph and 129g/km – a fantastic improvement on its predecessor.

Mercedes CLS Class back view

Final Thoughts

One of the CLS Class Mercedes Benz’s finer points is its refinement. If you opt for the V6 engine, you’ll find this car to be a very smooth mover, which, combined with its sophisticated, slick looks, makes it a very alluring proposition. This executive car is a charmer, yet a dynamic one at that which has the ability to entertain with its sportier pretensions. It also offers fantastic running costs too, much reduced from last time around.

If you want to get hold of the new Mercedes Benz CLS Class don’t hesitate to leave us a message on our contact page, or give us a call on 01903 538835 to find out more about our Mercedes lease deals.

Mercedes CLS Class front view silver paint

Will Titterington

Writer at OSV Ltd
Will Titterington is a freelance writer, video editor and all-round content creator based in Manchester, UK.

He believes that words can take on a transformative aspect and wants to help people make better decisions today.

His influences as a writer include Hunter S Thompson and Jack Kerouac, while among his interests outside writing are music, art, foreign films and football.

He’d one day like to own a Tesla, and still holds a candle for the Ford Capri.
Will Titterington
  • 10th June 2016

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