It’s very easy to be taken by the CLS. It has most of the qualities of the E-Class, which we’re already big fans of, but adds a dose of dynamism to the mix and ups the interior quality.
We’d want a back-to-back test with the new A7 before we’re inclined to say for sure whether the CLS is the new leader of the executive five-seat coupé class, but on current showing, we’ve never had it so good.
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Audi A7 Sportback
Mercedes-Benz CLS 400d
Price £60,410 Engine 6cyl, 2925cc, diesel Power 336bhp at 4400rpm Torque 523lb ft at 1200-3200rpm Gearbox 9-spd automatic 0-62mph 5.6sec Top speed 155mph Official economy 50.4mpg CO2, tax band 148g/km, 37%
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