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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

Overall verdict
Not the visual feast of its predecessor but much better to drive. A very convincing Benz.


Crushingly capable all-rounder that looks good, too


So-so interior doesn't feel special enough


What is it?

The second act in a niche-generating performance from Mercedes-Benz. It’s arguably not as dramatic as a result, but the Mercedes CLS is no less desirable – despite the fact it introduced the ridiculous ‘four-door coupe’ term into road-testing parlance. Swoopy and lithe, it’s a handsome four-door, and despite the curves it’s not overly compromised inside. Makes you wonder why you’d have a (now admittedly quite swoopy) E-Class, until you realise the CLS is a sizeable chunk of money more than its more conventional saloon sibling.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
CLS 63 S 4dr Tip Auto
4.1s 230g/km 28.5 585 £86,920
The cheapest
CLS 220d AMG Line 4dr 7G-Tronic
8.5s 129g/km 57.7 177 £47,780
The greenest
CLS 220d AMG Line 4dr 7G-Tronic
8.5s 129g/km 57.7 177 £47,780
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