Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe 2005 - 2008

Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe 2005 - 2008

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Pleasure to drive
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Luxurious interior

Cons:

  • Short of headroom in the back
  • Not as big inside as you would expect

Overview

The Mercedes-Benz CLS is supposed to be a replacement for the E-Class Saloon, but with its coupe style shape some may mistake it for being a coupe instead of a saloon. The one thing that stands out about this car is that it's an odd size and doesn't really fit into the trend of Mercedes family. The CLS has been exclusively designed by Mercedes-Benz to offer dramatic looks with a luxurious interior that is well built and extremely comfortable. It is well composed on the roads with accurate steering and minimum body roll in the corners apart from when you really push it in the corners.

Exterior and Interior

The CLS is hard to define as it looks like a coupe but it actually a saloon. This leads to the conclusion that it is pretty much unique filling a niche in the market that only the BMW 6-series is competing for. The interior is pure luxury with leather trim, superbly designed seats, optional wood paneling and easy to use controls on the dash. The CLS does only seat four, but there is ample space for everyone to sit comfortably throughout although the headroom is lacking for people over six feet tall. There may not be as much room in the back as a normal saloon, but there it is far better than a normal coupe. The rear middle seat is taken up by a central console which comes with a storage box. There is also plenty of room to store things up front with large door pockets and a central cubby hole. The boot is also fairly large ranging from 495-505litres depending on what engine and spare wheel package you choose. When it comes to standard trim the CLS is lacking compared to most other Mercedes with only climate control, steering wheel mounted controls and electrically adjustable drivers' seat. There are obviously plenty of options to choose from, but these come at a hansom price.

Performance and Economy

The CLS350 and CLS320 CDi proved the most popular engines when the CLS was released as they both perform extremely well with both going from 0-60mpg in just 6.8 seconds, even though the petrol has more power at 272bhp. The newer CLS350 CGI petrol engine is an improvement on the older 350 with increased performance going from 0-60mph in 6.5 seconds and improved fuel efficiency from 28mpg to 31.2mpg. The top of the range CLS500 is extremely quick going from 0-60mph in just 5.2, but as one would expect, the fuel efficiency suffers at just 24mpg according to Mercedes, in reality you would be lucky to get anywhere near this with everyday driving. The CLS350 CDi that replaced the 320 CDi in 2009 is identical in performance with the same 220bhp and 37mpg, but it is more refined and exceptionally quiet. The Grand Edition of the 350 CDi is impressive wih its extra 48bhp going from 0-60 in just over 6 seconds and a fuel economy of 34mpg which is still better than any of the petrol engines. The seven-speed automatic gearbox is a dream with smooth gear changes helping the effortless acceleration. The CLS is very expensive to insure with even the entry level engines falling into category 18 and with the top of the range in group 20.

Like to Drive

The CLS is awesome to drive with its exceptionally comfortable driving position and almost all the controls you are likely to need being situated on the steering wheel. It handles extremely well with minimum body roll in the corners thanks to its low ground clearance and wide base. With its stiff chassis the handling is great with accurate steering, but it can feel unresponsive at times. The CLS isn't a nimble car and you will prefer to drive it on the motorways than country lanes as it was built to cross continents.

Faults and Repairs

The CLS has been recalled just the once with a problem with the brakes on cars built up until the end of 2005 being affected. There have also been reports with some electrical issues so you just need to make sure that all the electronic gadgets work correctly. Apart from these two faults the CLS is well built and you shouldn't have any major problems with it provided it is serviced regularly. That's where the problem is though with Mercedes having the second most expensive repair and service costs coming in just behind Jaguar.


Overall Rating:
Review by Carmechanic7
Monday, May 16, 2016

Overview

"MB CLS AMG"

Exterior and Interior

Build quality is good and well made. Interior is black leather with electric seats. This car is fully equipped with many electronic gadgets. The digital TV is also ideal for waiting your partner The exterior has the AMG body kit and alloy wheel. It makes it different from the other CLS in the market. It is a lot of car for the second hand value. Not surprising because of many mechanic failures experienced in this car. Lucky I can handle the repair work myself. Not recommended for someone who just wants a car to drive around.

Performance and Economy

The car has tiptronic auto 7 speed gear box. It returns a 28mpg on the motorway and drop to 23mpg in town or fast driving. The car accelerator response has the same slow action as other MB cars. Kick down is nice and will force you into the seat for sure. Average fuel economy but a reasonable couple with style

Like to Drive

Handle well with the Airmatic system in Sport mode even with such a heavy car. It can turn into a comfortable soft rolls royce like limo when you set the airmatic system to comfort mode. The steering is very responsive and have a good feel. This is a real German coupe if you can fix the faults. <

Faults and Repairs

Lots of mechanical faults 1. Airmatic failure 2. Electric window 3. GPS 4. Parktronic failure 5. Engine Oil leak 6. Engine lifter fault
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