What started as niche shred with a initial era CLS behind in 2004, a four-door coupe marketplace has now blossomed into a bridgehead between a German reward brands. Keen to denote it knows best, Mercedes has now launched a third era CLS in a UK.
We’ve already driven a 400 d and AMG CLS 53 on European soil, though this is a initial possibility to try a CLS 450 4MATIC petrol. It’s powered by Merc’s latest 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine, that incorporates crafty amiable hybrid 48v electrics (which Mercedes calls EQ Boost) to urge opening and economy. It’s accessible usually with four-wheel expostulate and a nine-speed involuntary gearbox.
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Mercedes says a CLS 450 will strike 0-62mph in 4.9 seconds, though from a unequivocally impulse a wheels start to spin it’s transparent this is a automobile focused on oppulance and excellence rather than undisguised performance.
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The engine is roughly stammering during idle and facilely sails a approach adult to 70mph with a ethereal six-cylinder burble. It’s deceptively quick, in fact, helped by a EQ Boost system’s additional knock of energy (250Nm and 22bhp) underneath tough acceleration.
The well-spoken delivery keeps things ease and loose as it works it approach adult by a gears during a beginning opportunity. But if we do confirm to take control with a steering circle mounted paddles, a gearbox can feel a bit worked with a changes. It does meant we shouldn’t have too most difficulty achieving Mercedes’ claimed 36mpg; a low down force and loose inlet of a engine meant we frequency need full throttle.
The several pushing modes change a car’s character. The Comfort, Sport and Sport+ settings make pointed adjustments to a car’s steering, gearbox and stifle response to whet things up. But a CLS is some-more during home in a default setting, where we can suffer a seemly opening of a engine and movable float quality. However, during reduce speeds a CLS doesn’t iron out highway imperfections utterly so good – not helped by a large 19-inch alloys, that come as standard.
Another concede we have to make with cars such as a CLS is practicality. The 490-litre foot is a rather ungainly shape, while anyone taller than 6ft sitting in a behind will feel a small cosy – as that tilted roofline robs we of changed headroom. It’s also a initial CLS to underline 3 seats in a rear, though a corpulent delivery hovel means it’s unequivocally usually suitable for children.
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There will be few complaints about intemperate cabin or tech on board, however. The CLS is as good allocated a penthouse apartment in a boutique hotel; swathes of leather, textured timber and brushed aluminium cover each manifest surface. A Burmester stereo, electric sunroof, 360-degree camera, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto come partial of a £3,895 Premium Plus Package.
The usually spec offering on a CLS in a UK is AMG Line, definition all models come propitious with a full leather interior, twin 12.3-inch displays, sat-nav, meridian control and 19-inch amalgamate wheels.