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Mercedes-Benz CLS 2011

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reviewed by malcolm hunter on 26 August 2016
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reviewed by wallywalnut on 13 August 2015
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reviewed by Rowly on 6 May 2014
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reviewed by tonyroz on 24 January 2014
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250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY Sport 4dr Coupe

reviewed by Baxi on 13 October 2012
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Overall rating
4
How it drives
5
Fuel economy
5
Tax/Insurance/Warranty costs
5
Experience at the dealership
4
How practical it is
5
How you rate the manufacturer
5
Overall reliability

Head Turning Looks - Economical -- Cumbersome - Agricultural 4cyl Diesel

The good bits :)
Stunning looks - certainly best in class by a MASSIVE margin.
It is very economical - 50mpg on motorways: 46mpg overall.
Very sure footed and certainly accelerates decisively in 'Sport' mode.
Very well appointed - but other marques are a bit less parsimonous in terms of standard appointments.

Local dealer (Blackpool) - although not supplying dealer - has been very supportive 5*****

Cavernous boot.


The moans :(
Very limited lateral and rear visibility (possible safety issue).
Compared to my old W124 coupe (320 CE), this car is a barge! - think 'bridge to engine room'. - Parked it next to a 320S and it's about the same length! My old Merc coupe blows its socks off, in terms of performance, build quality and driver feedback (but only returns 25mpg!!!).

VERY gruff diesel - the 350cdi should put a 'collar and tie' on the car, and, if you can live with the mpg, I would personally take that pain, every time - each time I accelerate, I'm thinking 'Massey-Ferguson'. It spoils the car!

Illogical gear select position and wiper controls: should take lessons from VAG.

Enigmatic driver info from onboard telemetry.

Overall view: Sheep in wolf's clothing.

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reviewed by Jwilco on 16 May 2011

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About this car

Price£47,610–£88,675
Road TaxD–L
MPG28.5–57.7 mpg
Real MPG83.9%

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