What's the used Mercedes-Benz CLS like?
The Mercedes-Benz CLS is a four-door saloon that is styled to look like a coupé. It has been a success because it offers low-slung styling without the practicality disadvantage of a traditional two-door coupé.
On sale since 2011, the CLS is available with a choice of efficient four-cylinder diesels, a larger and more refined V6 diesel, or petrol versions in V6 and high-performance V8 forms.
The CLS has excellent road manners, with steering that is light and effortless – which makes parking what is quite a long car easy – yet still manages to be precise and reassuring at higher speeds. The ride depends upon which suspension ooption the car is fitted with; standard ‘sport’ suspension has a firm steel-sprung set-up, while ‘comfort’ suspension (a no-cost option when new) has steel springs with softer settings. Optional air suspension is the smoothest of the lot.
Due to the reduced height of the roofline, if you regularly carry taller passengers in the back, you might find that their heads come close or touch the rooflining. If this is the case, you might be better served buying the Mercedes E-Class, as there is more space in that car. Keep in mind, too, that the CLS only has space for four; there’s no central seat in the rear.
The interior is well made, though, with lots of dense, soft-touch plastics and even leather covering the top of the dashboard, and you had a choice of wood inserts and even carbonfibre trim on top-spec AMG cars. All of this gives the CLS an upmarket ambience that belies its very reasonable used prices.