What used Mercedes CLS coupe will I get for my budget?
Early 2011 Mercedes CLSs with 90,000 miles or more can be found for £9000, which seems like good value for a car that retailed for more than £50,000 little more than eight years ago.
If you want a car with a lower mileage, £10,000 to £12,000 will enable you to find a number of 350 CDI cars with around 50,000 miles. You could also seek out the more economical CLS 250 CDI, for £13,000. Its higher purchase price can be offset slightly by reduced running costs. The facelifted car came with an updated infotainment system and larger screen. It can also be bought with a lower-output version of the 2.1-litre diesel engine called the CLS 220d, and can be had for £15,000.
Petrol engines are much rarer than their diesel counterparts and start at £20,000, because they are scarce and usually have low mileages. The top-of-the-line CLS 63 was the first Mercedes to get the new 5.5-litre turbocharged V8. A good starting point for these cars is £25,000.
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes CLS coupe?
If you need the cheapest Mercedes CLS to run, you will need to choose one of the four-cylinder diesels. The 220d from the 2014 facelift onwards is £115 per year to tax and should do 59mpg. If your budget cannot stretch to that, the 250 CDI of the earlier car still manages 54.3mpg and only costs a little more to tax at £135. The larger 350 CDI V6 diesel costs more to run at £190 tax and 46.3mpg.
The petrol alternative is £190 a year to tax and is rated for 40.4mpg. The CLS 63 AMG, with its 5.5-litre V8, will cost you £520 per year to tax and averages a claimed 28.5mpg, but only if driven carefully.
Any Mercedes CLS registered after April 2017 will cost £140 per year to tax due to the Government’s revised road tax policy, but if it cost over £40,000 new, which they all did, it will also attract a supplementary luxury car tax of £310 a year.
Mercedes servicing will cost you more at a main dealer than its rivals, but they offer to spread the cost as part of a service care plan. There are plenty of specialist garages who will service your Merc for you at substantially less cost than a franchised dealer.