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Mercedes-Benz CLS (05 - 10) review

(2005 - 2010)
Mercedes-Benz CLS (05 - 10)
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What used Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz CLS coupe?

If you think the appeal of the CLS means you'll pay through the nose for one, think again; there are plenty of bargain used examples.

Instead, it's the running costs that can sting; drive the AMG version fast and you can pretty much see the fuel gauge sinking. Officially, it's rated at 21.0mpg, but the reality in everyday driving is mid-to-low teens.

You're better off with the 500 (which does a claimed 25.0mpg) or the 28.0mpg 350, but it's the 320CDI diesel that will cross continents most effectively as its 37.2mpg makes it by far the most frugal CLS.

Proper maintenance is vital, but – you've guessed it – costly. Mercedes dealers charge a similar hourly rate to Jaguar and that makes them pricier than both Audi and BMW. Independent specialists make more sense on a car this old.

Mercedes-Benz CLS (05 - 10)
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