Mercedes-Benz CLS 500
The new-gen CLS is a clear signal that Merc has finally managed to get rid of the bad juju of its Eighties stinkers
The new CLS is one of those cars you just have to fondle. The new car confirms that Merc’s remembered how to build cars properly again.
With its 406bhp, 4.6-litre V8, the 500 in particular has the necessary chops to worry a supercar in terms of handling and performance. This engine really is a bit of a masterpiece: sonorous, smooth and effortlessly powerful.
Both interior quality and architecture have taken a big leap forward. The dash-top has immaculately stitched leather, there are matt-silver inlays around the air vents, and though the wood finish is of questionable taste, it’s all classily made.
Mercedes has seemingly attached the -Assist or -Tronic suffix to virtually everything – traction control, distance control, blind spot detection, lane departure, night view, parking, climate, etc.
Mercedes’s latest powerplants are so good they look like typos. The 3.5-litre petrol-engined 350 six-cylinder delivers 14.69kpl, and can manage 11.15kpl on average.
The electric steering uses energy ‘on-demand’, which helps reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The new CLS is a cool, covetable, and highly intelligent car. In fact, it’s a car about which I could find nothing wrong.