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Overall reader verdict 5 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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30 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz CLS Saloon.
  • 500 4dr

    Hugo Pretorius , . Date: 07/01/2014
    • Overall verdict
      4 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      17

    My car

    The CLS (219) is a great car for relatively little money. I changed over from a BMW 645ci Convertible, which was a disaster compared the the CLS. I bought the 2007 CLS 500 with the revised 5.5l V8 engine. It goes like a rocket, and fuel economy in town is not nearly as bad as one would think, but certainly better than the BMW. The ride is refined and the Airmatic system allows you to add some sporting feel to an otherwise stately cruises. Head room in the rear is limited, but 6-footers would manage just fine. Leg room is ample. All the standard Mercedes-Benz features are present, and some additional accoutrements include radar cruise control, heated seats, navigation, sunroof, active bi-xenon lights, all round parktronic and full electric seats with memory.

    As a 2007 model one would expect some issues to crop up, but compared to the 6-series it replaced this CLS is trouble free. There are some rattles in the cabin and the rear portion of the roof lining is sagging. The chrome on the front inside door handle has peeled away, but other than that the interior looks practically brand new. Mechanically the car is sound. The airmatic pump was replaced under warranty by Mercedes-Benz a couple of months ago.

    Overall this is a great car to own. I would recommend going for 2007 or newer cars with a full service history. Look after these cars well, and they will provide you with many happy motoring miles.

  • 320 CDI 4dr

    Kevin Koumesh , . Date: 20/06/2013
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      26

    My car

    Got the car for nearly one year. Great to drive and fast. The interior is really classy and the ride is very comfortable. It is not a cheap car to run but it is not as bad as some reviewers and websites we claiming. The tyres are expensive...about £1000 for a set. Have spent about £1800 on the car when I bought it last year but has been driving like a charm ever since. I was apprehensive when I bought it but it is the best car I have had. Highly recommended n worth the money.

  • 320 CDI 4dr

    Lee Kitchen , . Date: 31/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      37

    My car

    I have had my 2006 CLS a couple of months now and I love it. The ride is silky smooth and the power is there when needed Mine as all the gadgets you would want in a car People at work think i have just bought it new, when i tell them its 06 they were surprised Having a personal number plate can fool most ;-) My boss said he must be paying me to much not enough i said otherwise i would have got me self a new one. If you can afford one go out and get one you will love it

  • 350 CDI 4dr

    Brian Butler , . Date: 19/05/2012
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28.5

    My car

    I've leased this car for 3 years now and love almost everything about it. So much so that nothing I've driven recently comes up to par, but I have to change to something else because 4 seats is no longer practical.

    My only gripe with the car is that I can never get near Mercedes official mpg figures. I average 28mpg and have a real mixture of town and motorway driving. I'm lucky to get the official combined mpg of 37mpg even on a long steady motorway run when I should be getting closer to 45mpg - so the stated numbers are definitely unrealistic.

    I've also had a problem with Mercedes 'fixed price servicing', where they tell you the full cost up front. It seems that some parts have to be 'mandatorily' replaced during a service, but are considered to be beyond the scope of the service. This means that they tell you much the service will cost, then replace additional parts and charge you a higher amount than they had previously advised. And Mercedes told me that this is their standard policy. I managed to get a credit, but only after debating the issue with the service manager.

    That said, my next car will probably be a Mercedes too.

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