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Mercedes-Benz CLS (2011–2018)

Last updated 22 March 2018

Length 4937–4967 mm
Width 1881–2075 mm
Height 1411–1418 mm
Wheelbase 2874 mm
Boot Space 475–520 L

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On the outside, the CLS may look incredibly similar to the original car from 2005, but it's actually wider, with more space inside for all four passengers (the CLS is strictly a four-seater).

The interior quality is noticeably better than before, too, with high grade materials throughout and an emphasis on attention to detail, from the stitched dash that meets-up exactly with the corresponding stitching on the door, to the buttons and switches that wouldn't be out of place on a top-end stereo system.

There's also a wide range of finishes, including five interior colours, five trim designs and three different qualities of leather. Alcantara headlining is an option, too.

The coupe-like shape of the exterior is reflected in the driving position. The driver is cosseted by the dashboard, which wraps round the driver, almost like it would in a sports car. In front of the driver is a new colour HD display within the dials. It has many functions, from a humble trip computer to showing sat nav directions, what's on the stereo, speed information and vehicle warnings.

The driving position is infinitely adjustable, with electric steering wheel and seat adjustment. There's also the option of active seats. The side bolsters on these inflate as you corner to hold you in place and can be tuned to be more responsive.

It's incredibly quiet on the move and it's possible to do high speeds without wind rustle or hearing much of the engine. Sit in the back and you're treated to a generous amount of legroom, not quite enough to stretch right out, as you might in a limousine, but enough to make even long journeys comfortable. Headroom is OK for those of average height, though taller passengers may find that their heads come close to touching the roof lining because of the swooping roof line.

All passengers should notice how quiet it is on the move. Excellent sound-proofing means that wind and road noise are excluded and the engine is only audible under heavy acceleration. One of the CLS's main draws remains its practicality - the boot is huge. As well as the 520 litres on offer, the boot is easy load as it's close to the ground and, for the first, comes with the option of a beautifully engineered pull-out boot ‘bin' that folds out of the way when it's not needed.

List Price from £53,115
Buy new from £44,657
Contract hire from £405.97 per month

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