Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review

By Arpita   |  October 29, 2013


Mercedes-Benz India has launched the new generation sedan, Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class in India. The executive-size sedan was originally launched in 2004, based on the W211 E-Class platform. The second generation CLS-Class was introduced in September 2010 with its production getting flagged off in early 2011. The car has got a major face-lift as it has entered into the second generation, having incorporated the BlueEFFICIENCY technology. The boomerang headlights of the old CLS have been replaced by a more angular headlight design, ushering a new stylish and sporty four-door saloon into India. The use of high powered engines makes the CLS Class to stand out as a high-performance coupe with the comfort of a sporty saloon.

The CLS-Class offers a choice of five interior colour combinations, three types of leather and four kinds of wood finish. Leather interior is a standard feature on this car.

Powertrain & Performance

The premium four-door coupe in India will be available in two variants, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 350 BlueEFFICIENCY and Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 63 AMG. One would need to place prior order to acquire the most powerful Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 63 AMG. Both the variants are powered by V series engines which produce the highest power and torque and have AIRMATIC suspension technology and a 7-speed automatic transmission gearbox which provides more efficient and responsive performance. The 350 BE is powered by a 3498 CC V6 petrol engine which produces an output of 306 bhp @ 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 370 Nm. The car delivers a mileage of 8.8 kmpl on the city roads and 9.9 kmpl on the highways. The car can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 6.1 seconds attaining top speed of 250 km/h. The 7-speed automatic transmission gear box ensures moderate fuel consumption and enhances mileage.

The CLS-Class 63 AMG is powered by a 5.5L naturally aspirated V8 engine with a displacement of 5461 cc, which produces an output of 525 bhp and an impressive torque of 700 Nm. The car can sprint from 0-100 km/h in just 4.4 seconds, touching a top speed of 250 km/h. The car delivers a fuel efficiency of 6.3 kmpl on the highways and 5.6 kmpl on the city roads.

Build & Styling

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has been kept lightweight, with extensive use of lightweight aluminium. The frameless doors, bonnet, front wings, boot lid, parcel shelf and a few components of the suspension are made of aluminium. The CLS-Class is admired for its classy and compelling looks, fascinating exteriors and superior technology. The car features a V-shaped radiator grille, with matte paint, placed distinctly apart from the bonnet. The sedan has various attractions including aerodynamic optimisation with large and central air intakes with a centrally placed Mercedes logo. The C-shaped bi-xenon headlamps which house the parking lights and locator lighting are enabled with LED technology, which functions even during the day time. The long sides of the CLS-Class are well sculpted to give it a sensual appearance. A chrome trim strip on the flat roofline and beltline, gives the car a bright finish and an aggressive appeal. The exterior mirrors, painted with the same colour as the body and have LED indicators. You will also find LED featured on the tail lamps, coupled with bright brake light and a dominant shoulder line which complements the heavily contoured wheel arches. The rear bumper with centrally positioned LED fog lamps and clear-glass lenses look amazing on the sloping rear portion. The CLS-Class has been designed with aerodynamic features to reduce the wind resistance by 10 percent.

A multifunction 3-spoke tilt steering wheel with twelve trapezoid buttons allows the driver to shift between neutral, solar and polar ambient lighting colours. The console offers ample space with storage compartments with lid and 12V socket. An electrically operating tilting/sliding remote glass sunroof gives one the convenience of automatic opening and closing. The headliner can be controlled from the inside, providing protection from the sunlight. A unique PARKTRONIC system ensures easy maneuvering of the car while parking and the automatic climate control or THERMATIC system creates and maintains the desired temperature, irrespective of the weather outside. Standard Air conditioner with two AC vents on the dash, two on the sides and two on the rear with rear controls, is an added attraction.

The CLS can comfortably accommodate four passengers with plenty of luggage space in the rear, though the coupe like slanting roof could be claustrophobic in the rear seats for tall people. The CLS-Class features an integrated Bluetooth which allows one to make hands-free phone calls while the 350 BE has an optional COMAND APS which enables easy control of radio and DVD players, navigation system and phone. Micro-chips fit in the improved sedan ensure an accurate braking system, enhancing the safety of the inhabitants. The system works in tandem with the Anti-lock Braking System and Brake Assist System. Attention Assist system comes as a standard feature in Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.

Pros and Cons

  • Pros

    • Spacious Cabin
    • Electrically operating tilting/sliding remote glass sunroof
    • Excellent safety features
  • Cons

    • Coupe like slanting roof could be claustrophobic in the rear seats for tall people