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Used Mercedes-Benz CLS Reviewed

Back at the dawn of time, okay 2005, the Mercedes-Benz CLS carved-out a new niche sector in the wonderful world of executive motoring.

By Stephen Turvil
Nov 08, 2010
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Back at the dawn of time, okay 2005, the Mercedes-Benz CLS carved-out a new niche sector in the wonderful world of executive motoring. It was formed because the legendary manufacturer launched a car that is part sleek saloon, part curvaceous coupe, and all Mercedes-Benz. So, let's consider its numerous virtues.

The used Mercedes-Benz CLS is available in various guises. Highlights include the CLS63 AMG that has a 6.2-litre 514hp V8 engine, and rockets to 62mph in a teeth shattering 4.5 seconds. The inevitable downside is that it only averages a credit card busting 19.5mpg. A more economical choice is the CLS320, as this 3.0-litre 224hp diesel averages 37mpg and still hits 62mph in a highly respectable 6.8 seconds.

Handling-wise, the used Mercedes-Benz CLS is more luxury limousine than hard-core sports car. This means the set-up, e.g. the suspension and steering response, are refined and smooth rather than pointy and aggressive. The exception is the high-performance AMG model that is sharper than its siblings, and has the airmatic duel control system to lower the suspension for a sportier drive. Very nice too.

Standard specification includes the responsive seven-speed automatic transmission, part leather trim, climate control, six air-bags, and the pre-safe system. This anticipates an accident and closes the windows, tightens the seatbelts, and moves the passenger's seat to an optimum position. All models also get four seats (space for a fifth is occupied by the centre console) and a spacious boot. This holds up to 505-litres of luggage depending on the engine/spare wheel configuration.

According to Motoring.co.uk's database, prices for the used Mercedes-Benz CLS start at £19,000. This secures a 2005 example, from a 'buy safe' seller, and should have roughly 50,000 miles recorded on the high-spec dashboard. So, if you fancy cruising around in a tremendously stylish saloon/coupe concoction, the CLS could be right up your street.

More On This Car
Take one for a spin or order a brochure
Request a MERCEDES-BENZ CLS brochure
Request a MERCEDES-BENZ CLS test drive
By Stephen Turvil
Nov 08, 2010