Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake estate owner reviews

"If you want space, style and comfort – and have the money to pay for it – the Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake is in a class of its own"

Carbuyer Rating

3.9 out of 5

Owners Rating

5.0 out of 5

100%of people would recommend this car to a friend.

Owner Rating

  • 2reviews

Common Problems

  • Electrics (1 cases)

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

CLS 250 CDI AMG

Year of registration

2014

Average annual mileage

15,000 – 19,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

New

Typical MPG

45
Review
Bought from a Mercedes dealership with 8,500 miles, 2 years old for 45% of the original £55,000 OTR price so I feel I got a good deal. After a string of performance based 2-door coupes I wanted a comfortable, relaxed car that was capable of carrying 5 adults. Before buying the CLS SB I considered the Panamera, Audi A8, 7 Series, S-Class, but the CLS has the curves and is a rare sight on the British roads and in my opinion looks like it is going fast when it's standing still. To drive it feels greater then the sum of the parts, the steering is so precise, the grip from the 255 and 285 tyres inspire confidence, it is refined and actually fun when you push on. On the motorway the car just seems to get into a rhythm, it seems slippery so can coast down small inclines without losing much speed. I have averaged 45 mpg overall and have achieved 56.5mpg at best over a 200 mile journey, which I feel is very good for the weight of the vehicle. My car has the optional Park Assist auto parallel parking which works really well and is fun to demonstrate. Saying that I have found the car easy to park with the parking sensors. The only issue I have had is a faulty front indicator, which is LED and built-in so cannot be replaced without the replacing the entire intelligent headlamp unit @ £1200. The car is under warranty so no issue, but when this expires I will be banking some extra £s in the car running fund. So far very impressed and pleased with my purchasing decision. If I were to be very picky I would have searched for a car with the air suspension, in fairness the car glides over 95% of holes without complaint on the 30/35 profiles tyres.
Reliability
As with any modern car electronic systems are the Achilles heel when they go wrong and costs are difficult to predict. Just bank some money on a regular basis instead of buying an extended warranty just in case.
Performance
Performance is deceptively fast and adequate. It feels smooth and progressive rather than fast, with 204 BHP and 500 Nm of torque it can pull up it's skirt and move when asked.
Running Cost

4 out of 5

Budget for £300-600 for servicing minor/major 285/30/R19 rear tyres are £200 a pop 255/35/R19 front tyres are £160.

Owner Review

5 out of 5

Version

350 AMG

Year of registration

2013

Average annual mileage

10,000 – 14,999

Owned

Less than a year

Bought Car

Used

Typical MPG

40
Review
Devine to drive, but excels on motorways and dual carriageways. Everything is effortless. It looks sublime but I appreciate it is not to everyone's taste. Engine and gearbox are smooth if not rapid but still at 60 in 6 and a half seconds and the mid range acceleration will bring a smile to your face; that said it's a car that doesn't ask to be driven fast, that would be a little below it and something to be left to lesser cars. The criticism of the foot operated parking brake is valid but in Park (Auto gearbox) when, apart from steep hills would you ever use it? Parktronic, sat-nav etc are all simple enough; I just can't wait to take it down the autobahns next summer.

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