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's brilliant to drive.
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 fiddly.
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The Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake could be just what many premium estate car buyers want. 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 2.1-litre four-cylinder diesel engine with 201bhp, a 262bhp 3.0-litre V6 diesel and a 549bhp 5.5-litre petrol V8. Every engine comes with an automatic gearbox. We'd go for the V6 diesel because it's fast, refined and has decently low running costs.
On the trim front, we’d advise sticking with the basic one. It provides everything you need, including leather upholstery, climate control and sat-nav. 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 a long list of optional extras to choose from. We can vouch for the effectiveness of the air suspension, and some of the high-tech safety features might also be worth a look.
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