Mercedes CLS 400 Coupé
"A new eight-inch tablet-style screen running the latest ‘NTG 5’ software also comes as standard allowing you to download more Mercedes apps"
The new generation CLS Coupé, was introduced in the autumn of last year with a new petrol engine taking the form of a 333 bhp, 3.5 litre V6. Whilst current diesel and supercharged AMG V8 engine options remain, the petrol-engined V6 offers niche level refinement along with economy, widening up the scope of buyer choice for this popular car.
High standard spec
AMG Line trim is now fitted as standard on the car, whilst the package as a whole comes with better standard equipment and improved economy. The Mercedes COMAND Online multimedia system, for example, along with heated front seats and an ambient lighting system are all fitted as standard.
Two equipment option packs are available; Premium Pack (comprising of an electric sunroof, a seat memory package, a reversing camera and split/folding seats) and a Premium Plus Pack, featuring the same equipment as the Premium Pack but adding a Harman Kardon sound system and Keyless Go to the mix. The Premium Plus Pack is easily worth the extra circa £3,500 when you are spending at least £56,000 on your new purchase.
A new eight-inch tablet-style screen running the latest ‘NTG 5’ software also comes as standard allowing you to download more Mercedes apps. The previously optional LED Multibeam headlights are now standard too.
The CLS 400 is highly refined and rewarding to drive because of it. It is the consummate long distance cruiser making distance and long haul travel a pleasure. You won’t get bored after many miles behind the wheel because the car is engaging to drive at any speed, and does its job well. The seats are excellent and electronically adjustable to suit every want and need. That, along with the deep pile carpets, wood, leather, and brushed steel finishes to the interior trim make for great all round cabin feel. The switchgear looks and feels good too, as it should on a premium car. More importantly the switchgear is intuitive, thus preventing you forever fiddling around for switches when you ought to be focusing on the road.
The car is also very easy to live with day to day. Mercedes have catered for the needs of the everyday business and pleasure driver; there’s a really large centre console mounted glovebox to dump your odds and ends in and away from the prying eyes of thieves. Also the door pockets have plenty of oddment space. Even the drink-holders are a good size, located considerately for driver and passengers alike.
This cars day to day user friendliness is enhanced by the premium pack option of Aerial 360 degree parking giving nearon perfect parking precision at the press of a button.
The CLS sits solidly and confidently on the road. Even the wipers are silent! At 70 mph the 7 speed semi-automatic gearbox turns over at a lazy 17-1800 rpm allowing you to choose between economy, sport, and manual. Manual is by steering wheel mounted paddle shift, making for instant up and down changes with smooth easy, barely interrupted progression. Fuel economy is a highly credible 39.2 average mpg (official figures), whereas there is no lacking in speed and power with keen overtaking pickup on demand.
It’s been a while since we’ve sampled a Mercedes Benz, there have certainly been massive steps taken over the last few years, and if the CLS 400 is anything to go by we have clearly been missing out.
CLS 400, petrol, 3,498 cc, six-cylinder tech spec
Transmission: 7G-Tronic Plus | Power (hp): 333 | Torque (Nm): 480 | Economy (MPG): 38.7 | CO2 (g/km): 170 | Price (RRP OTR): £55,850
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