Mercedes CLS review

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Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 interior infotainment
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  • Mercedes CLS 2021 front
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 rear tracking
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 interior dashboard
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 front tracking
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 right tracking
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 rear static
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 headlight detail
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 badge detail
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 interior front seats
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 interior detail
  • Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 boot open
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Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Mercedes CLS is not a cheap purchase – unless perhaps you’re a sheikh with an oily pond in your back garden – but it’s comparable to its rivals on list price.

That said, at the time of writing, PCP finance deals and leasing costs are sky-high relative to an equivalent Audi A7 Sportback and BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. That's because depreciation plays a part in the finance calculations, and unfortunately the CLS has worse residual values than its two main rivals after three years. 

So far, there’s no Euro NCAP crash rating for the CLS, but the E-Class, from which it borrows heavily, is a five-star car. The CLS comes with automatic emergency braking (AEB), traffic sign recognition and lane assist as standard, but blind-spot monitoring is reserved for the optional Driving Assistance Plus package.

The CLS didn’t feature in our 2020 What Car? Reliability survey, but Mercedes as a brand was in the bottom third of the manufacturer’s list in 26th place out of 31, well below the likes of BMW, and four places behind Audi.

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Mercedes CLS 53 AMG 2021 interior infotainment

Overview

Although the Mercedes CLS has four doors, you still trade practicality for style, but otherwise it offers great pace and tidy handling

  • Strong resale values
  • Punchy six-cylinder diesel engine
  • Generous equipment list
  • Enjoyable handling
  • Cramped rear head room
  • Firm ride on standard suspension
  • Fewer engine options that some rivals
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