Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe 2000 - 2002

Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe 2000 - 2002

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016


  • Prestigious and stylish coupe
  • Range of powerful engines


  • The price is frighteningly high for not the best quality
  • The price is frighteningly high for not the best quality


The Mercedes CL is based around the S-class platform and is hard to distinguish from some of Mercedes other cars, however, it does just about fit into a niche in the Mercedes line up. The CL is classed as a four seater but is more of a two seater with the back seats being fairly cramped and you wouldn't be able to get four adults in comfortably. The handling is sublime though and the engines are full of power at Mercedes engineering at their finest.

Exterior and Interior

The CL has that distinctive Mercedes look about and you unless you knew your Mercedes models well you would be hard pressed to tell it apart from some of the other models such as the SL, S-Class and CLK Coupe. However, the comfort levels are extraordinary inside with a long list of equipment coming as standard which include leather upholstery, a massive stereo system, sat-nav, parking aids, and loads of safety equipment. The space inside is tight with limited legroom and fitting four adults in would be a squeeze, which is unexpected from the outside with it being 5 metres long. Some of that room is taken up by the massive engines, the rest it seems has been used for the boot. The boot is a huge (for this type of car) 450litres there is plenty of room for you to get at least 3 sets of golf clubs in, it's just a pity your third friend in the back wont be very comfortable. A nice unique feature of the CL is that the central pillar retracts when the front and rear windows are wound down, giving the car a nice open feel and getting you even closer to the sound of the beautiful sounding engines.

Performance and Economy

The engines available in the CL are impressive to say the least with the baby of the group the CL500 5.0-litre producing 300bhp and going from a standing start to 60mph in 6.3 seconds. They obviously all get better from here. The CL55 AMG with 500bhp reaches 60mph in 5.8 second and the CL600, also with 500bhp, does it a over a second quicker in 4.6 seconds. The top of the range CL65 AMG is the most powerful engine producing a whopping 600bhp and firing you from 0 to 60mph in just 4.3 seconds, it makes you feel like you've been strapped to the front of a jumbo jet as it takes off. As you would expect none of these engines are very economical with the CL500 coming in at the top of the pack with 22mpg. The worst culprit, the CL65, isn't far behind though managing just 19mpg. If you are fortunate enough to be in a position to purchase the expensive CL, then you probably won't be too worried about the fuel economy only how quickly you can to the golf club. All of the CL's fall into category 20 for insurance purposes with only the premium increasing for the AMG models.

Like to Drive

The CL is big and heavy but with its outstanding level of body control making it feel like a smaller car. It is a thoroughly enjoyable vehicle to drive though and will not disappoint. This is partly due to the electronically controlled suspension which is adjusted to suit the road surface, weather conditions and driving style in order to get the best out of it. The car also comes with stability controls, but even this won't keep you on the road if you misjudge a corner with all that power and weight driving you forwards. The seating positions in the front are comfortable with the chair massaging you on longer drives to keep you comfortable. The cabin is almost silent, even when travelling at speed, with the only noise coming in being the rumble from the engines, a noise that is more likely to make you smile with satisfaction than irritate you.

Faults and Repairs

There have been no serious problems with the CL apart from the occasional electrical glitch but most of these have only been with the sat-nav. However, make sure that when buying second hand that it has a full service history. The interior isn't quite up to Mercedes high standards so make sure that all the pieces of trim aren't loose and wont fall off as soon as you drive it away.