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For The Mercedes CLS is a hugely desirable car that offers strong performance, impressive refinement and precise steering. It has the head-turning looks of a coupe, but is surprisingly practical.

Against It’s quite expensive compared with regular executive saloons and the ride is disappointingly firm unless you go for the optional air suspension.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Saloon
44 5stars

The Mercedes CLS is a super-stylish executive saloon that’s good to drive and capable of whisking four people and their luggage around quickly and quietly.

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The full Mercedes-Benz CLS review


There are 6 Mercedes-Benz CLS versions available

Saloon 250 CDI 4dr £47,610
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 250 CDI AMG Sport 4dr £50,605
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 350 CDI 4dr £51,250
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 350 AMG Sport 4dr £54,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 350 CDI AMG Sport 4dr £54,245
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Saloon 63 AMG 4dr £81,950
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

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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