For Our pick is almost half the price of the AMG 65 model but it’s certainly not half the car. Fast, comfortable, refined, massively equipped and hugely capable, it’s the best CL by far.

Against The CL500 might be the clever choice, but when you’ve got this much money who wants to be sensible? Interior doesn’t feel special enough for the money.

Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe

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3 out of 5 stars

The best CL: the V8 gives it all the pace you could ever realistically want; refinement is fantastic; and, it’s massively comfortable and spacious, even if the interior feels cheap in places.

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Key facts

4.9 secs
Top speed
155 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
582 miles
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Mercedes-Benz's massive coupe has long been the technological flagship model for the entire range. It comes brimming with the sort of technology that until recently would have been the stuff of sci-fi fantasists' dreams. You can talk to the sat-nav for guidance, be whisked down the motorway with radars monitoring the traffic and even have night vision.

There are four engines on offer, a twin-turbo 4.7-litre petrol V8, an AMG V8 (a twin-turbo 5.5) and a couple of rarely-sold(!) V12s. Only the mainstream V8 is available without special order, though.

AMG is responsible for the CL 63 AMG and CL 65 AMG offering quite staggering pace, but that's not to say the non-AMG models aren’t monstrously quick in their own right.

All are refined and comfortable, while space for passengers and luggage is vast. All in all, the CL is a fitting, if very expensive, flagship model from Mercedes.

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