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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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31 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz CLS Saloon.
  • 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.

  • 320 CDI 4dr

    Stan Radley , Lincolnshire . Date: 08/01/2009
    • 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

    My car

    I owned a 2002 Porsche 911 Turbo for over 6 years, as our children grew we needed to replace it with a 4 door coupe, as I still wanted a stylish car. I was looking for a well built, quick, comfortable, quiet and economical car, the 320 CDI ticked all the boxes. I love this car as I loved the Porsche, I cannot fault it and service costs are realtively cheap also, at around £220 for a minor service. My advice to anyone requiring a brilliant 4 seat cruiser is buy one. On long runs I achieve 41mpg at high motorway speeds, I also find the 7 speed auto box silky smooth.

  • 320 CDI 4dr

    alan lawrence , hertfordshire . Date: 18/07/2008
    • Overall verdict
      4 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
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      30

    My car

    A lovely car. As others have commented the gearbox is bit clunky at low speeds; otherwise I can't fault it. The build quality is vastly superior to the Audi A6 that it replaced; the ride, even on 18 inch wheels, is much better than the Audi on 16 inch wheels! I've owned the car for 6 months but it still takes my breath away when I see it in profile. I've just returned from a family holiday in Cornwall; with 4 up, a tank full of diesel and a boot groaning with luggage I expected the performance to be severely compromised,not a bit of it. The CLS' performance is truly amazing. Buy one if you can!

  • 320 CDI 4dr

    Stuart Tidman , Warwickshire . Date: 11/04/2008
    • 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
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Don't get me wrong, this is not a cheap car to buy and operate. However, if your wallet can accommodate this with ease, this car is truely exceptional. It holds the road as though it's on rails, has acceleration that will virtually push your eyes through your head and out the back, and have enough 'toys' - even on the basic model - to keep a gadget geek happy for weeks. I'm a big Jaguar fan and feel I'm betraying my loyalty somewhat! But then that's what Mercedes wants, they nicknamed the CLS the 'Jagfighter' due to it being aimed squarely at potential Jaguar buyers. To put this train of thought into context, the CLS makes other cars in the Mercedes range seem a tad stolid and stodgy (the E Class for example). In a nutshell, the CLS is a tremendous car, an incredible drive, but a smidge expensive.

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