Mercedes-Benz CLS

4/5
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Verdict

The second generation of the CLS was unveiled as a concept car in the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. In 2011, the first production models went on sale to the public. The first generation of this car was released in 2004. This car sits between the E-Class and the S-Class.

Performance

There are two diesel engines available to the Irish market. The first is the CLS 220D. This 2.2 litre engine offers 177bhp and when you put the foot down, it will bring you from 0-100km/h in just 8.3 seconds. Top speed is 226km/h. The next option is the 3.0 litre 350D. This 6-cylinder vehicle offer 258bhp and takes you from 0-100km/h in just 6.5 seconds and has a top speed of 250 km/h. The car comes with the option of their excellent 9-speed automatic transmission.

Ride & Handling

This rear wheel drive package comes with a choice of suspension set-ups and the comfort set-up is appealing to us - however, if you have the money, then the air option is a great choice. The sport suspension is a bit on the firm side. Steering is excellent and offers very good feedback.

Refinement

In typical Mercedes form, this is a refined luxury car. However, it does pick up both road and wind noises - especially when cruising on the motorway. The 220D, 4-cylinder engine also sounds a little unsettled, while the V6 option is all good.

Quality & Reliability

Quality is a term that Mercedes-Benz certainly understands. The seats are very comfortable and the interior layout is good. The car is low, and getting into the back seats can be a bit of a challenge. The infotainment system can also be on the complicated side.

Safety & Security

This vehicle has not undergone the Euro NCAP testing. However, it’s based on the E-Class which has received 5-stars in the same test. This car comes jam-packed with safety equipment. If you pay the money, you can opt for a 360 degree camera. The car comes with an adaptive brake with hold function, hill start assist, anti-lock braking system, acceleration skid control, electronic stability control, and much more. If you want to add to the safety of the vehicle you can also opt for blind spot assist, traffic sign assist, reversing camera, and much more.

Space & Practicality

While this is a four-door coupé – or even an estate, if you’re looking at the Shooting Brake version, the back seat is good for two adults and head height is not really a problem – some might expect it to be because of the coupe slant to the rear. The boot is good too, with the Shooting Brake offering 590 litres and the coupe version offering 475 litres.

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Key Facts

New Price
€63,050
Make

Mercedes-Benz

Model
CLS
Variant
CLS 220 D A/T
First year of model production
2012
Engine (L)
2.1
Transmission
Automatic
Gears
9 Speed
Fuel type
Diesel
Body Type
Saloon

Running Costs

Tax
€270
Tax Band
B1
Average Cost Per 200km
€11.46
Cost of filling a tank
€71.92
Average L/100km
4.7
Fuel Tank Capacity (L)
59
Fuel Tank Range (km)
1255
CO2 Emissions (g/km)
125
Emission Standard EU
EU6

Performance

Driven Wheels
Rear
Brake Horsepower
177
Top Speed
226 (kmh)
Acceleration (0-100 km/h)
8.3
Cylinders
4
Engine Position
Front, longitudinal
Number of Valves
4
Aspiration
Turbo
Torque
500

Space & Practicality

Doors
4
Seats
5
Boot capacity (L)
475
Kerb weight
1785
Tyre Size Front
245/45 R17
Tyre Size Back
245/45 R17
Wheel Base
2874

Warranty

Warranty All Components
2 Year warranty
Warranty Engine, Gearbox and Drivetrain
2 Year warranty
Warranty Mileage
4 Year Roadside Assistance

Safety

Isofix
Yes

What Experts Say

Auto Express
The sleek and stylish Mercedes CLS combines head-turning coupe looks with four-door practicality
Top Gear
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
What Car
The Mercedes CLS is a stylish, quick and comfortable executive saloon with room for four passengers and their luggage.

Dimensions

Boot capacity
475 L
Wheels
Rear wheel drive
Tyre size front
245/45 R17 mm
Tyre size back
245/45 R17 mm
Length
4940 mm
Width
1881 mm
Height
1416 mm
Wheel Base
2874 mm
Front Track (mm)
1416 mm
Rear Track (mm)
1626 mm
Kerb weight
1785 KG
Max trailer Weight (Kg)
2270 KG
Turning circle (m)
11.27 m

Technical Information

Engine Configuration
Inline
Engine Type
Front, longitudinal
Fuel Delivery
Direct injection
Front Suspension
Independent, Spring McPherson, with stabilizer
Rear Suspension
Multi-link independent
Front Brakes
Ventilated discs
Rear Brakes
Disc
Steering
Steering rack
Power
177 bhp