Used Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe 2000 - 2007 review

Category: Coupé

The Mercedes CL has understated presence and style, but it'll cost a lot to run

Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe (00 - 07)
  • Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe (00 - 07)
  • Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe (00 - 07)
Used Mercedes-Benz CL Coupe 2000 - 2007 review
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What's the used Mercedes CL coupe like?

For those who don't need the space of an S-Class and fancy something a lot more exclusive, the Mercedes CL coupe is just the ticket.

It's based on the contemporary S-Class platform, so the ride is cushioningly comfortable, but the CL can also handle twisting country roads and is refreshingly nimble for such a large car. The V8 and V12 engines are silky smooth and powerful, especially the awesome 604bhp twin-turbo V12 in the CL65 AMG.


The Mercedes CL has understated presence and style, but it'll cost a lot to run

  • A big and classy coupe that's packed with style and loads of equipment
  • Quality not quite up to par for the money
  • The fuel economy can be frightening

The dash is much the same as an S-Class's of the same vintage, so it's laid out logically and tastefully, while the front passengers enjoy superb comfort and space. There's room for a couple of adults in the back, but no more as the seats are sculpted for two only, and the large boot easily copes with a couple of sets of golf clubs.

Ownership cost

What used Mercedes CL coupe will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mercedes CL coupe?

The CL is not a cheap car to own and run, so expect some hefty bills during ownership. Prime among these will be ones for the tyres, especially the rears because the engines' power gives them a real work-out.

Servicing is required every 9000 miles, and Mercedes dealers charge some of the highest labour rates in the UK according to Warranty Direct. Independent specialists can help reduce the labour charges, but parts prices are likely to still be high.

Fuel consumption is one more major financial consideration. The CL500 can return up to 35mpg if it's driven gently, but realistically you'll be lucky to see more than 20mpg. The other models all struggle to get into the high teens.

Our recommendations

Which used Mercedes CL coupe should I buy?

The CL500 was the most affordable CL when new and remains so in the used market. It's also the best of bunch as its 5.0-litre V8 has 302bhp to deliver commanding performance, refinement and even a modicum of economy, with 25.0mpg achievable with a light right foot. This model also does a fine job of combining sharp handling and a comfortable ride.

The CL600 offers more of the same as the 500, just with a whole load more oomph. It matches the CL65 AMG's performance, and both dispense with the 0-62mph dash in 4.8sec, but the 600 is much more refined.

The CL55 AMG uses the same 500bhp supercharged 5.4-litre V8 as the SL55. It's a superb engine, sounds great and goes like the clappers.

All CLs come with a lengthy list of luxury equipment.

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