Review

Mercedes CLS-Class saloon

When the Mercedes CLS was launched it was one of the first four-door coupes on sale – offering all the best parts of the Mercedes E-Class combined with a more attractive body and sportier driving characteristics. Now the CLS has plenty of rivals including the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe, Audi A7 Sportback, and even the much cheaper Volkswagen CC.

This is the second generation of the car and the squared-off looks of the old model have been replaced by a much bolder design. The new car still gets a great range of engines, though, and can be had with a choice of two diesels and two petrols. The CLS 350 BlueTEC diesel is our pick of the range due to its mix of performance and running costs, while the CLS 63 AMG is extremely quick. All models are fun to drive and comfortable over long distances.

There are three trim levels, the standard car (CLS), the mid-range car (CLS AMG Line) and the top-of-the-range car (CLS AMG Line Plus). All models get a leather interior, sat-nav, and a digital radio, but we would also recommend going for the optional air suspension that lets you choose between a comfy or sporty suspension setup.