For The CLS Shooting Brake delivers slinky styling and estate car practicality in one handsome package. There are some fine engines on offer and, on optional air suspension at least, it drives brilliantly.
Against It’s very expensive compared with more conservative rivals, and it can’t quite match most of them for ultimate practicality. Rear visibility is poor and some of the controls are too fussy.
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The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake could be just what many estate car buyers have been waiting for. It’s great to drive, it looks fantastic and it’s still impressively practical.
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There are 5 Mercedes-Benz CLS versions available
Target Price team says:
The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake looks very expensive next to many of its rivals, but if style is a must from your next estate car, you might well be prepared to pay the premium.
It’s available with a choice of three engines, a 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel with 201bhp, a 3.0-litre V6 diesel with 262bhp and a 5.5-litre petrol V8 with 549bhp. Every engine comes with an automatic gearbox.
On the trim front, we’d advise sticking with the basic one. It provides everything you need including a leather interior, climate control, sat-nav and a host of other luxury goodies. Upgrading to AMG Sport trim commands a hefty premium, and we don’t think it’s worth it.
As ever with a new Mercedes, there’s also a long list of optional extras to choose from. We can vouch for the effectiveness of the air suspension option, and some of the high-tech safety features might also be worth a look.
Reader test team says:
A perfect blend of practicality, exclusivity, handling, comfort and quality - an amazing vehicle. I have now covered over 6,000 miles in 3 months and…