CLs are expensive to buy and struggle to hold on to much more than half their considerable cost after three years. Discounts aren’t available to sweeten the depreciation pill, either. Daily running costs will be high, too: even the least powerful engine manages only around 24mpg on the combined fuel cycle. Every CL attracts the maximum 35% rate under the emissions-based company car tax structure.
Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe quality & reliability
People will tell you Benzes aren’t as well made as they used to be. It’s true that certain areas of the cabin trim lack the sledgehammer-proof solidity of old Mercs. But the cars are mostly reliable, and are backed up by a 30-year breakdown and anti-rust warranty.
Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe safety & security
Only the absence of deadlocks lets the CL down in terms of anti-theft kit. There are no major omissions in the list of safety equipment, which includes twin front and side airbags, anti-lock brakes and traction control, while the CL500 also gets curtain airbags.