2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS Manages To Be Both Comfortable And Sporty

If you have more money to spend than the average Mercedes E-Class buyer and you’d like to be seen driving something a little bit more unconventional (in a good way), the all-new 2018 CLS is definitely worth a look.

On paper, looking at the third-gen CLS as a good old fashioned family car might actually make sense – for example, it’s boot is reasonably large. However, getting your luggage into it might take some work due to the awkward opening and big load lip.

Sitting in the back reveals as much legroom as you get in the E-Class. Headroom, however, is a whole different story as the low and stylish roofline isn’t all too friendly to people of average and above height.

Move over to the front seats and you’ll find a high quality and stylish dashboard design with plenty of convenience, connectivity and active safety features blended into the overall recipe. You might even be surprised by all the storage spaces on-board.

As for what it’s like to drive, according to Carbuyer, the CLS 400d version offers plenty of muscle courtesy of a 3.0-liter inline-six diesel engine rated at 340 PS (335 HP) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque. Still, despite it being very involving to drive, don’t expect it to perform like a sports car while going around corners; it’s still a large, comfortable motorway cruiser at heart.

In the end though, this reviewer actually found the CLS more sporty to drive than the all-new Audi A7 Sportback, one of its (few) obvious rivals.

  • Six_Tymes

    car, wow, who would have thought that in 2018 Merc would Manage To Be Both Comfortable And Sporty.

    lol

  • Moveon Libtards

    Look at the big fat jelly bean!

  • Mynameis Taylor

    I know there seems to be a lot of people that dog the looks of this car. But I have to say, while I don’t think it’s the prettiest Merc has ever made, it’s definitely has it’s own look. It’s not trying to be anything else but a Mercedes. The grill, the lights the profile and the rear light treatment doesn’t look like anything else but a mercedes and that’s a win.

    • bxniels0

      The front has grown on me (same for the w177). I wasn’t a fan of the panamerica grill to start with and I’m still not totally enamoured with it. I love the predator light. I wonder if the rear looks better in flesh.

      • Mynameis Taylor

        it does look best in person. I’ve liked the panamerica grill. I don’t mind it at all. Overall, the entire Mercedes line up looks better than the Bimmers. As for Audi, I think anything their smaller and midsize cars look the best.

  • I don’t think it’s more stylish than the E-class… I don’t get this car… The AMG GT 4 door should be the new CLS, that’s it… Seems they made both just to sell the Diesel. It’s too round for me, hate the back. Sure the interior is good, but like in the E-class. it’s missing volumes, seems less athletic than previous CLS.

  • Kagan

    But ugly.

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