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Mercedes Benz CLS COUPE CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic

Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
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Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic
Mercedes Benz CLS CLS 350 AMG Line Premium Plus 4dr 9G-Tronic

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG39.80
  • 0-62mph6 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02162 g/km
  • BHP299
  • Torque295 lbs/f
  • P11D33%

Review

The Mercedes CLS was the original 'Gran Turismo'-style four-door coupe model in the full-sized Executive segment and its always been the only choice if you only want four doors in a model of this sort. This third generation version reprises much of the style of the original and showcases the brand's most cutting-edge engine technology.

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The MK3 model Mercedes CLS is a four-door coupe that offers a more desirable alternative to that full-sized executive saloon you might have been considering. Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Background

There are some cars that don't need to try very hard to justify their place in the overall scheme of things. Other rivals might do things better when you examine the numbers, but this rare cadre of vehicles thrive merely because they're beautiful things to own. On the face of it, there's nothing a Mercedes-Benz CLS does that's significantly superior to a garden-variety E-Class, but just look at the thing. It's a car most would love to own. The first generation CLS appeared in 2003 and lasted for eight years, pioneering the 'Gran Turismo' part of the executive segment later taken up by five-door rivals like the Audi A7 Sportback and the BMW 5 Series GT. The second generation CLS model launched in 2011 didn't look quite as extreme, but was better in virtually every other regard. The pace of development at Mercedes is utterly breathtaking and many of the systems developed for the latest C, E and S-Class models now find their way into this MK3 model CLS-Class line up.

Driving Experience

As expected, both the 350d and 400d CLS models both come with the new in-line six-cylinder diesel engine that Mercedes first launched in the revised S-Class saloon. It produces 286bhp and 600Nm of pulling power in the 350d and 340bhp and 700Nm of torque in the 400d. The 350d variant can sprint from rest to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds, while the 400d takes five seconds. Both have an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. The CLS 350 features a four cylinder petrol unit putting out 299hp and 400Nm using the brand's clever EQ Boost technology, consisting of a 48 volt inline starter generator. Next up is the CLS 450, which uses a six cylinder engine, this one a 3.0-litre in-line biturbo petrol unit also with EQ boost. It has an output of 367bhp and 500Nm of torque, with an extra 250Nm and 22bhp available thanks to the EQ system. It can travel from standstill to 62mph in 4.8 seconds and has a top speed of 155mph. 4MATIC all-wheel-drive comes as standard across the range. Plus you can have 'AIR BODY CONTROL' air suspension. More technology is provided by the optional autonomous driving set-up that when activated, allows the car to pretty much drive itself, working with the adaptive cruise control and active steering systems to keep this CLS rolling in its chosen lane at any chosen speed up to 130mph.

Design and Build

There was a certain delicacy to the styling of the first CLS. It was almost as if a basic shape was decided on early in the design process and then all the details and extraneous gewgaws were pared back. Less really was more. The second generation model decided that more was, after all, more. The styling was busier with a more muscular bulge to its wheel arches and a front end that was more pit bull than its slightly feline predecessor. This MK3 model is classier and more desirable, its character marked by a forward-slanting front section and a grille contour that widens towards the base. Other features include wide, low-set headlamps and two-section tail lights. At first glance, you'll take in the arching waistline, the flat side window lines and low roofline, all contributing to a Cd value of 0.26 that's positive proof of this design's sleek aerodynamics. Inside, it feels more spacious than the previous model and, as with the latest E-Class and -Class models, the brand delivers a 'widescreen cockpit' design that sees two 12.3inch displays arranged beneath a shared, continuous glass cover. Move to the back and you'll find that this CLS Coupe is a five-seater for the first time. When required the backrests can be folded down in a 40/20/40 ratio, expanding the generous 520litre luggage compartment.

Market and Model

Prices start from around £57,500 for the entry-level CLS 350d 4MATIC 'AMG Line' variant. The CLS 400d 4MATIC 'AMG Line' derivative is priced from around £60,500, while the petrol-powered CLS 450 4MATIC 'AMG Line' costs just over £57,500. 'AMG Line' is the only trim level available and comes with comprehensive standard equipment including 19-inch alloy wheels, a parking package including a reversing camera, full leather upholstery and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats. Up-front, there's a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with 'Audio 20' multimedia monitor and a fully digitalised 12.3-inch cockpit display. Plus you get ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, Agility Control suspension and of course a DAB radio. Most buyers will probably go for the 'Premium Plus' equipment line for just under £4,000 more that gives you keyless entry, a seat memory package including electrically adjustable front seats and steering wheel, a Burmester surround sound system, a 360?? camera, the 'Comand Online' infotainment system and an electric sliding sunroof. A 'Driving Assistance Plus' package is optionally available for around £1,700 if you want the elements of semi-autonomous driving that Mercedes can now offer. That includes route-based speed adaptation - meaning the vehicle can detect upcoming junctions and roundabouts and adjust its speed accordingly.

Cost of Ownership

The CLS has often been chosen by those looking for a sleek and powerful-looking car that won't break the bank to run. The reason why? You can get some very economical diesels and these days the CLS 350d offers the best economy of any CLS model to date. Compare it to the original MK2 model CLS 320 CDI and it's a bit of a revelation. Where the original CLS diesel returned 37mpg on the combined cycle and emitted 200g/km, this one nets you 48.7mpg (combined) and emits 156g/km of CO2. The 400d CLS variant delivers 47.9mpg and emits 156g/km of CO2. Even the 367bhp CLS 450 petrol model returns a creditable 36.2mpg, with emissions rated at a modest 184g/km. The desirability of the CLS helps it perform strongly on the used market and the diesel-engined cars are the most sought after. Comparatively rare cars with evocative styling rarely fall out of bed by the time owners come to sell them on and this is no exception. Servicing is not cheap however and the car's coupe status hardly encourages generosity from the insurance industry.

Summary

There wasn't much wrong with the previous second generation CLS, so not too much needed to be done to fix this MK3 model. The introduction of class leadingly-efficient six cylinder engines represents the key change. That and styling that rests a good deal easier on the eye than it did before. Ultimately then, this is for self-made business people an appropriate reward for a lifetime's endeavour - and a very complete car indeed, provided you can afford its significant price tag. Once upon a time, people like this could admire a Mercedes, aspire to ownership, or respect what it did but they rarely formed an emotional bond with one. But then the CLS arrived and changed all that. As it still does.

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Driver Convenience
Direct steer speed sensitive steering
Lane keep assist
Speed limit assist
360 camera with remote parking assist
Active park assist
Analogue clock on centre console
Attention assist
Bluetooth interface for hands free telephone
Brake wear warning light
Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument cluster
Collision prevention assist plus
COMAND HDD navigation with 12.3" central display
Cruise control + speed limiter
DYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
ECO start/stop function
Front and rear parking sensors
Mercedes connect me
Outside temperature gauge
Remote boot release
Service indicator (ASSYST)
Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android auto
Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
Touchpad with control wheel
Traffic sign assist
Trip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption
Wireless charging
WLAN with Wi-Fi hotspot on on board access
Exterior Features
Solid paint
Adaptive brake lights
AMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in polished aluminium
AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with black rubber studs
Body colour door mirrors
Body coloured bumpers
Chrome door handles
Dark privacy glass from B-pillar backwards
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows with one touch opening and closing, including obstruction sensors
Electric sliding sunroof
Green tinted glass
Heated windscreen wash system
LED daytime running lights
LED rear lights
Lip spoiler
Multi beam intelligent LED headlight system with adaptive high beam assist plus and ultra range high beam
Polished aluminium waistline
Pre-installation for roof rail systems
Radiator grille with integral star and 1 louvre in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
Radio aerial in rear window
Rain sensor windscreen wipers
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Side windows surround in polished aluminium
Sports tyres with noise reducing absorber
Visible twin exhaust tailpipe in bumper
Safety
Active brake assist
3 point seatbelts
3x3 point rear seat belts
ABS
Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnet
Adaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
Airbags - driver and front passenger, with extended adaptivity for front passenger airbag
Airbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discs
Childproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Drivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brake
Electronic Stability Programme
Front and rear curtain airbags
Hill start assist
Pre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Rear seatbelt warning indicator
Tyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kit
Window airbags
Entertainment
2 USB ports in centre console
Burmester surround sound system with 13 speakers
DAB Digital radio
Interior Features
12V socket in centre console
3 rear seats
3 spoke flat bottom multi function steering wheel trimmed in black nappa leather with touch control buttons
40:20:40 split folding rear seats
AMG floormats
Artico man-made leather upper dashboard and beltlines with contrast stitching
Auto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Automatic two zone climate control
Black roof liner
Centre armrest and door handle illumination
Chrome door pins
Courtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality
Front and rear door pockets
Front centre armrest with storage compartment
Glasses compartment in overhead control panel
Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)
Heated front seats
Height/reach adjust steering wheel
Interior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Interior rear light/integral reading lights
ISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
Leather gear knob
Leather upholstery
Lockable/illuminated air conditioned glovebox
Rear armrest with storage + cupholders
Seat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
Steering wheel gearshift paddles
Steering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
Storage compartment under load area floor
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Welcome lighting
Packs
Keyless Go comfort package - CLS
Memory pack - CLS
Mirror pack - CLS
Seat Comfort Pack - CLS
Stowage Pack - CLS
Security
Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliser
Central locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Chrome surround electric key
Locking wheel bolts
Remote central locking
Technical
80 litre fuel tank
Agility control lowered suspension with selective damping system
Petrol Particulate Filter
Trim
Open pore grey ash wood centre console
Open pore grey ash wood dashboard and door trim
Wheels
20" Multi spoke design alloy wheels painted titanium grey with a high sheen finish includes run flat tyre - RVO
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 163
Noise Level dB(A) 71
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 189
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1991
Compression Ratio 10.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 83
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 92
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery INJECTION
Gears 9 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 39.8
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 47.9
EC Urban (mpg) 30.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 8.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 8.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 12.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 8.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb 33.2
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 34.5
WLTP - MPG - High 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Low 22.8
WLTP - MPG - Medium 33.6
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 2.0
Badge Power 299
Coin Series AMG Line Prem Plus
Generation Mark 3
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 47E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 3
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 15500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 3
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 6
Engine Power - BHP 299
Engine Power - KW 220
Engine Power - RPM 5800
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 295
Engine Torque - MKG 40.8
Engine Torque - NM 400
Engine Torque - RPM 3000
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle WLTP
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/35 R20
Tyre Size Rear 275/30 R20
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style MULTI SPOKE
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1436
Length 4996
Wheelbase 2939
Width 1896
Width (including mirrors) 2069
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 80
Gross Vehicle Weight 2420
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 490
Max. Loading Weight 645
Max. Roof Load 100
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1900
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 750
Minimum Kerbweight 1775
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.6

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Optional Extras
Exterior Features
Designo metallic paintwork £895.00
Metallic paint £685.00
Packs
Driving assistance plus package - CLS £1,695.00
Paintwork
Designo metallic - Diamond white £895.00
Designo metallic - Hyacinth red £895.00
Metallic - Cavansite blue £685.00
Metallic - Graphite grey £685.00
Metallic - Iridium silver £685.00
Metallic - Obsidian black £685.00
Metallic - Selenite Grey £685.00
Solid - Black FOC
Solid - Polar white FOC
Trim
Leather - Beige FOC
Leather - Black FOC
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