All-New Mercedes CLS Might Just Not Be The Perfect Car For You

If you’ve gone ahead and ordered yourself the brand new CLS from Mercedes, you probably did so because you like the posh styling that sets it apart from the most utilitarian E-Class.

While that’s perfectly fine, it does look as though this might not be the most practical four-door saloon in the world, and it’s mostly because the CLS really wants to be called a coupe. Even if it’s a four-door coupe, the posh design means you have to make certain concessions.

The first one concerns rear-seat passenger headroom. In this video, we have a reviewer measuring 179 cm (5’10) saying that even his head is brushing against the headliner while sitting in the rear. At the same time, visibility for rear-seat passengers isn’t optimal either. You might just end up looking directly at the C-Pillar whenever you turn your head 90-degrees. As for the middle seat, it’s a bit of a squeeze, so you’ll probably want to use it for short hauls only.

Sitting in front is clearly the better experience, as you can enjoy the car’s overall high build quality, loads of new tech, as well as its storage spaces, which are surprisingly generous.

Moving on to its powertrain and driving dynamics, we’re surprised to learn that the diesel unit in this CLS 400d is so noisy at idle. On the move it’s very refined, but when stationary, it’s a whole different story. On the bright side, the 3.0-liter inline-six diesel in the CLS 400d makes 340 PS (335 HP) and 700 Nm (516 lb-ft) of torque, and is capable of taking you from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 5 seconds, while also offering your relentless mid-range acceleration.

As for handling, while the new CLS is by no means sporty, mainly due to its size, the steering does feel precise and the car handles really well on the twisty bits.


  • PK

    it wasn’t meant to look perfect anyways.

  • eb110americana

    I think it’s ironic that the sole justification for paying more for this over an E-Class, is “sporty looks” when it’s as ugly as it is. I really liked the CLS when it first debuted, but time has not done it any favors. The headlights and taillights are especially unfortunate, and the curve of the C-pillar feels forced for no reason.

    • bxniels0

      The front of the car has grown on me now. I feel the back is not resolved. The ones that have that tiny little spoiler look much better, even though it’s only a tiny spoiler. Not sure why but it seems to break up the back of the car a little.
      Not sure if you know what a AU Australian Ford Falcon looks like the but the rear taillights of the original CLS always reminded me a little of the lights on the Falcon.


    At the risk of being “that” guy it’s technically called the GT Four Door Coupe. The AMG GT4 is a track only race car.

  • Brian Brown

    Wow…Buick has come a long way!

  • BlackPegasus

    I would cross shop this car with the Porsche Panamera and the all new Audi A7.

    • lagunas3ca

      What about 6 Series Gran Coupe?

      • BlackPegasus

        Sure, why not? But the A7 and Panamera benefits from all new interiors and next gen exterior styling.

  • fgclolz

    Everything about it looks hideous.

  • Kagan

    Actually an awful car!

  • Hello Chevy Impala…

  • Craig

    This 4-door ‘coupe’ nonsense is NOT helping to keep the SEDAN alive.

  • Kingsley Mpofu

    I want to a smoke whatever you smoke

  • Jesse A. C. Majors

    It just makes no sense. It’s awkwardly long and the front end design or the car itself should have been the E class and the design of the E should have been the C class.

    I give up. Mercedes is just a mess.

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