For The twin-turbo V8 engine is hugely powerful, so acceleration is unsettlingly quick. The handling is reassuringly secure.
Against Officially, it'll do about 30mpg; realistically, you'll get nowhere near that. It's also a four-seater only. The steering could do with a bit more feedback, too.
What Car? says
A staggeringly quick and capable sports saloon - but with pretty monumental running costs.
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Target Price team says:
Every Mercedes CLS blends sleek, coupe-like styling with four-door practicality, but it’s important to spec your car carefully because there are three suspension set-ups: air suspension; steel springs with adaptive dampers; and a Sport option that uses firmer steel springs and dampers.
We’ve sampled the air and adaptive systems, and there’s no denying the comfort gains the air suspension brings. The steel-sprung cars are noticeably firmer, but the upside is they’re more agile.
When it comes to choosing an engine for your CLS, it’s hard to look past the 3.0-litre diesel, badged 350 CDI. It's as powerful and refined as you'd want in a car such as this, plus it has pretty good fuel economy and CO2 emission figures.
Reader test team says:
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