It’s evolved year on year since 2005 and is its most sophisticated yet. The Mercedes-Benz CLS is one of the marque’s biggest triumphs, blending elegance with power.
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The CLS is handsome to look at with its balanced proportions and flowing lines. Both body styles, the coupé and the shooting brake, sport an elongated bonnet that’s elegant and gives the car an executive shape. At nearly five metres in length, it has a confident on-road presence that’s tamed by its long sleek shape and low height. The prominent grille is a real feature and adds to the flat front that’s muscular and sporty.
Thanks to the high-tech headlights, your vision at night is sharpened. The cornering function helps you to see around bends and the Adaptive Highbeam Assist automatically lowers the lights to prevent dazzling on-coming drivers. They headlamps are LED with daytime running lights giving the exterior a distinctive edge.
On its front wheels you’ll notice perforated brake discs and brake calipers with ‘Mercedes-Benz’ lettering, which bring a sport touch. Twin-pipe exhausts in the tail further enhance its sporting credentials.
Even the longest of drives will feel comfortable in the CLS. Optional in the AMG Line and standard in the upgraded trim is a Memory package that remembers your ideal seating position when another driver has altered it. The lumbar support will keep your back in shape even on long drives, while the heating in the front seats helps to relax your muscles. Thermatic automatic climate control works in a two-zone capacity to keep all passengers cool during the journey. An electric glass sunroof (optional on the AMG Line and standard upwards) brings in fresh air when you want it. A 590-litre boot will easily swallow a couple of golf bags and a holdall.
Choose one of three engines – two diesels and a petrol. For speed choose the petrol which boasts 800Nm of torque that allows the CLS to sprint from 0-60mph in around four seconds. The diesels are better in terms of fuel efficiency, achieving up to 56mpg on the combined cycle. Acceleration times in the diesel units are approximately nine and seven seconds respectively. The sport-tuned suspension makes sure you have strong handling, accentuated by the speed-sensitive power steering. Thanks to the Eco Start/Stop function, you can sit in traffic free from the sound of a revving engine.
An Adaptive Brake System helps you to stop quickly, while Hill Start Assist prevents you from rolling back when moving on an incline. The ESP has Acceleration Skid Control so you can maintain a steady course around corners and avoid slippage when overtaking. Thanks to a speed limiter, you can relax when using the cruise control on the motorway without fear of braking the speed limit.
Along with the advanced entertainment systems bringing endless choices for music, and Bluetooth connectivity for hands-free use of your phone, the CLS has a number of high-tech additions as standard. The COMAND online system connects you to the internet when parked and keeps you up to date with live traffic information. Active Parking Assist comes as standard, taking the guesswork out of parking into tight spaces, physically manoeuvring the car for you. All of this is displayed on the eight-inch touchscreen that’s in your line of sight and easy to see when driving.
Get to know the CLS inside and out, experiencing its drive for yourself with a test drive from Connolly Motor Group in Collooney, Co. Sligo. Enquire online or call the team directly to book your appointment.