The 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 and AMG fifty three you see listed here are of the all-new, third-era mannequin. To our eyes, it’s the sleekest and most genuinely coupe-like but. Though it is much less particular now given comparable types unfold all through the Mercedes lineup, the brand new CLS continues to be an beautiful car to behold inside and out. When it was parked outdoors our workplace, we could not assist however stare out the window. Past its seems to be, nevertheless, it is an impeccably crafted luxurious car with spectacular engineering all through that stacks up favorably to any of its luxurious sedan/coupe rivals such because the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera.
As all the time, although, some will see questionable worth within the CLS. It is much less sensible and spacious than an E-Class, but it prices significantly extra. Nevertheless, there’s often a price to be paid for trend, and with the newest CLS at the least, you definitely get what you pay for in that regard.
What’s new for 2019?
The CLS is all-new for 2019, which we spotlight in our first drive review. It retains the acquainted sedan/coupe silhouette that the unique CLS launched to the world, however has been up to date with Mercedes newest design aesthetic. The interior successfully adopts the newest E-Class interior, however not the most recent MBUX tech interface.
Mechanically, there is a new platform shared with the newest E-Class, however the huge information is what’s beneath the hood. Gone are V8 engines, and of their place two variations of a brand new turbocharged inline-six engine paired to a forty eight-volt delicate-hybrid system. The result is superb efficiency and fuel financial system.
What is the CLS interior and in-car know-how like?
Although its design is successfully shared with the E-Class, that does not take away from the truth that the cabin is beautiful. If something, it matches the glossy CLS higher. Natural curves meet excessive-tech screens, whereas its luxurious wooden, gentle leather-based and richly detailed metallic are a feast on your eyes and fingers. It is fairly particular. It is also practical, with loads of storage up entrance.
We’re much less enamored with the in-car know-how, which may overwhelm. It is the earlier-era Mercedes tech interface, which looks like a lacking hyperlink between the easier but extra intuitive system it changed and the newer, extra refined MBUX interface that advantages from improved and further interfaces. Though the CLS system’s UI is fairly just like MBUX, it retains the bizarre shiny touchpad that hovers above a management knob. Each are awkwardly positioned, and in contrast to MBUX, the 12.three-inch most important show is not a touchscreen. We might anticipate MBUX to point out up within the CLS subsequent yr or for 2021.
When it comes to feature content material, each CLS comes with the 12.three-inch most important show, however the second is an choice that replaces a standard gauge pack. The CLS additionally comes standard with two USB knowledge ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in navigation. Choices embrace a head-up show, wi-fi charging (provides a 3rd cost-solely USB port), in-car WiFi, satellite tv for pc radio, a thirteen-speaker Burmester sound system, and a 25-speaker Burmester Excessive-Finish 3D Encompass Sound system.
How massive is the CLS?
The CLS is about two inches longer than the car it replaces, but it truly feels smaller whereas driving it — that is a great factor. Inside room is principally the identical, aside from barely tighter rear headroom, which is certainly not a very good factor. Even these of common peak will really feel a bit pinched again there, and if there is a tall driver up entrance, your legs shall be fairly pinched, too. Headroom up entrance is not that a lot better, both, and the seat can really feel a bit too low — regardless of the multitude of seating changes for the driving force, the seat does not tilt up sufficient in entrance or down sufficient within the rear. Making the headroom-sapping sunroof an choice can be a good suggestion.
That stated, a 6-foot-three driver was nonetheless capable of comfortably match inside. So sure, the CLS is fairly cramped in comparison with a standard sedan, however that is additionally the inherent price paid for a “4-door coupe” just like the CLS. It is type over perform.
Equally, the trunk supplies eleven.9 cubic ft of area. That is truly a bit greater than earlier than, but in addition fairly coupe-like. Most sedans of this size are within the thirteen- to fifteen-cubic-foot range.
What is the CLS’ efficiency and fuel financial system?
There are two CLS fashions, each of which correspond to a unique engine.
The CLS 450 is powered by a three.zero-liter turbocharged inline-six paired with a 9-velocity automated and a forty eight-volt delicate-hybrid system (EQ Increase) that gives a really temporary shot of electrical energy whereas accelerating (22 horsepower and 184 pound-ft of torque) in addition to enhancing fuel financial system. The system additionally smoothes out shifts and permits for a crusing mode that momentarily turns off the engine underneath sure circumstances to save lots of fuel. Complete system output is a potent 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Mercedes estimates a zero-60 time of 5.1 seconds with standard rear-wheel drive and four.eight seconds with optionally available 4Matic all-wheel drive.
Given its efficiency, fuel financial system is outstanding at 24 mpg metropolis, 31 mpg freeway and 26 mpg mixed with RWD. 4Matic solely lowers these estimates to 23/30/26. We truly bested these estimates in a CLS 450 4Matic, averaging 31.three mpg in numerous stints of principally freeway driving.
The AMG CLS fifty three will get an enhanced, AMG-tuned model of the inline-six with EQ Increase that produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. It is paired solely with a 9-velocity automated and 4Matic. Mercedes estimates a zero-60 time of four.four seconds. Gasoline financial system estimates are nonetheless fairly good at 21/27/23.
For these on the lookout for a extra critical AMG mannequin akin to the previous CLS sixty three, Mercedes has successfully changed it with the brand new AMG GT four-Door.
What is the CLS wish to drive?
Whereas the previous CLS 550 drove like a basic Mercedes excessive-powered cruiser and the discontinued CLS sixty three a basic AMG heavyweight hammer, the brand new model feels smaller and lighter on its ft. It fortunately flicked itself between tight corners on our mountain-street analysis route, not washing out in understeer, and sustaining the utmost composure over nasty mid-nook bumps. It is legitimately fairly enjoyable, and the “coupe” descriptor applies as a lot to its driving expertise as to its styling.
Flip-in from the steering is refreshingly sharp within the CLS 450, and stays direct and exact by way of its journey. You do really feel what the wheels are doing by means of your arms, even in Consolation mode, whereas Sport mode dials in an applicable additional little bit of effort to reinforce your management whereas hustling the CLS 450 alongside. We examined a car with the Air Physique Management adaptive air suspension, which has a magical capability to maintain the car degree via corners. It additionally offers three firmness settings (Consolation, Sport and Sport+), however none are precisely plush. Even Consolation is extra reactive to excessive-frequency impacts than we have been anticipating, however that simply means you are feeling the street. It is nonetheless very snug, however anticipate the 20-inch wheels to be much less forgiving.
Within the AMG CLS fifty three, the whole lot is extra amplified. The sound of its engine is extra dominated by the exhaust, whereas shifts from the AMG-tuned 9-velocity transmission are met with blats from the 4 exhaust ideas within the rear. The steering feels tighter, extra responsive and even a bit extra communicative concerning the street floor. We have been in a position, on simply a few events, to elicit only a wee little bit of squirreliness from the rear finish when accelerating out of a decent, moist nook.
When it comes to the engines, the CLS 450’s inline-six does not have the silky-clean, easy energy supply of the previous V8-powered CLS 550. Equally, the CLS fifty three undoubtedly lacks the identical audible histrionics and sledgehammer acceleration of the previous CLS sixty three. But, each present compelling efficiency and significantly higher fuel financial system. They’re additionally fairly characterful in their very own proper, providing the graceful, mechanical really feel inherent to an inline-six. Throttle response within the CLS 450 is especially sharp, whereas modifications from the 9-velocity automated happen simply when they need to (and that immediacy differs based mostly on the Eco, Consolation, Sport or Sport+ mode chosen). As for the EQ Increase system, you actually do not discover it, which is an effective factor. It additionally makes the automated cease/begin system troublesome to detect, which is a particularly good factor.
What extra can I learn concerning the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class?
2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS First Drive Review
Our first style of the CLS 450 and AMG fifty three, which particulars its new styling, know-how and engine tech.
Check-driving the brand new Mercedes-Benz inline-six engine
An in-depth take a look at the inline-six engines and the forty eight-volt EQ Increase delicate-hybrid system.
What features can be found and what is the CLS’ price?
Pricing begins at $70,195 for the CLS 450, together with a $995 vacation spot cost. Including 4Matic all-wheel drive prices $2,500. The AMG CLS fifty three begins at $eighty,895.
A basic CLS 450 comes fairly nicely-outfitted with standard 19-inch wheels, adaptive dampers, a sunroof, an adjustable sport exhaust, an abundance of accident avoidance tech (see Security part under), full LED exterior lighting, handsfree energy trunk lid, heated energy entrance seats, an influence-adjustable steering wheel, leather-based upholstery, MBTex premium vinyl interior trim, sixty four-colour ambient lighting, a 12.three-inch middle show, two USB knowledge ports, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and built-in navigation with actual-time visitors reporting and three years of over-air map updates.
From there, you possibly can add tens of hundreds value of optionally available extras. Our CLS 450 test car value an insane $ninety five,950 because of frivolities like heated armrests, in-car air freshener (it stank, by the best way, we turned it off), auto parking, additional sound deadening and the $5,four hundred Burmester excessive-finish sound system. Against this, we constructed a hypothetical CLS that hardly cracked $eighty,000 with a nonetheless-hefty variety of choices resembling Air Physique Management, ventilated entrance seats, the second 12.three-inch instrument show, the lesser Burmester sound system and the worthwhile Driver Help package deal. A equally outfitted AMG CLS fifty three would nonetheless be lower than $ninety five,000. That is principally to say that the CLS can get extraordinarily costly in the event you go wild with choices, however you definitely don’t have to.
We offer an entire breakdown of specs, features and native pricing right here on Autoblog of the Mercedes CLS 450 and the AMG CLS fifty three.
What are CLS’ safety gear and crash ratings?
Each 2019 CLS comes standard with ahead collision warning, automated emergency braking, blind-spot warning, cross-wind help constructed into the steadiness management system, a driver inattention warning system and an emergency communications system. The Driver Help package deal for $2,250 provides an enhanced ahead collision system that may detect ahead cross visitors and steering help that may aid you keep away from collisions with pedestrians and objects. Each of those are distinctive features. Additionally included are lane-holding help, an enhanced blind-spot warning system, superior adaptive cruise management (consists of steering help, automated velocity restrict adjustment and it makes use of the navigation system to detect causes to decelerate forward).
The CLS has not been crash examined by a 3rd get together.
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