Used Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe (2011 - 2018) Comfort

Review by Simon McBride on
Last Updated: 31 Oct 2014
4.5
The second-generation Mercedes-Benz CLS has arrived. When initially launched in 2005, this car created a new niche – a saloon/coupe crossover - and while this new version takes design cues from Merc’s £140k SLS supercar it’s based on the rather more sedate E-Class saloon.
5 out of 5

Comfort

The previous generation Mercedes-Benz CLS comfort levels were criticised for the car's rather cramped rear. The sloping roof compromised headroom and legroom was short on supply too. Merc has addressed this and as a result four adults can enjoy the CLS without feeling too cramped. And the facts speak for themselves: the CLS is longer (29mm), taller (13mm) and it’s also wider (8mm) than the previous car.

It offers 21mm more elbow-room while there is an additional 13mm in shoulder-room. The engineers have also lengthened the wheelbase by 20mm giving the car an overall length of 2874mm. As far as the comfort levels are concerned well, there’s little concern. The seats offer decent levels of support and adjustment, there’s hardly any wind or road noise coming into the cabin, although you still get a satisfying amount of engine noise and the ride is pretty near perfect.

In Comfort mode it’s excellent for covering long distances and, as you would expect, Sport is better for B-road jaunts.

3 out of 5

Practicality

The CLS is a practical tourer. It can seat four adults and comes with 520 litres of load space – more than enough room for at least two sets of golf clubs. As with the previous generation there is no middle seat: this space is taken by a central console that extends to the front of the car. Keeping change and maps handy is easy as there’s plenty of good-sized cubbies and amply proportioned door pockets.

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4 out of 5

Behind the wheel

From the driving seat the CLS looks and feels great. The build quality is top-notch while the leather dash adds to the plush surroundings. The controls and switches are within easy reach of the driver. If anything, there are too many buttons on the central console making it a little fussy looking. However, the audio and phone controls on the steering wheel are very welcome, enabling you to choose your entertainment without distracting you from the road ahead.

One negative is that Mercedes has kept the irksome parking brake and the gear change stalk. Surely it’s time for an electronic brake and a proper, centrally located gearknob?