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.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Saloon

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4 out of 5 stars

A staggeringly quick and capable sports saloon - but with pretty monumental running costs.

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Key facts

4.2 secs
Top speed
155 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
502 miles
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Buyer's notes

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:

Mercedes-Benz CLS Saloon 250 CDI 4dr

I liked the look of this car.. that's why I bought it... I read the reviews, had my caution to wrestle with as a colleague of mine had a Mercedes and…

james Holdsworth

1 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz CLS Saloon 250 CDI 4dr

The CLS 250CDi is a bit of a mixed bag. It's undoubtedly a striking car to look at, from every angle it's a very clever neat piece of design, not…

Jon Taylor

4 out of 5 stars

Mercedes-Benz CLS Saloon 250 CDI BlueEfficiency Sport 4dr

Picked up my 2nd CLS at the end of March 2012. Having run the old shape CLS500 for over 5 years I opted for the most economical version but with the…

Andrew Helme

4 out of 5 stars
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