The CL is an awesomely comfortable luxury coupé with loads of style and deep reserves of power in every model
You have to spend an awful lot just to get behind the wheel of a CL, and the bills don't stop there. The running costs are high and the steering is a little light on feedback
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Choose from a 5.0-litre V8, 6.0 V12 or two AMG-tuned units. The least powerful has 302bhp, the most potent develops 603bhp, so even with lots of weight to haul around and an automatic ’box fitted as standard, all four are very quick, and only an electronic limiter prevents them exceeding 155mph.
Ride & Handling
The CL is impressively nimble for such a big car, with a smooth, relaxing ride that’s ideal for long-distance cruising. It has electronics to curb cornering lean and give it something of a sporting coupé’s prowess on twisting roads. More electronics prevent the wheels locking up under braking or the car from skidding if mishandled in bends.
The smooth powerplants deliver the right sounds under acceleration but any engine noise almost disappears once cruising, and the automatic gearbox swaps imperceptibly between ratios to make journeys highly refined. There’s not even much road noise despite the big tyres. However, the frameless side windows create wind noise at typical motorway speeds.