• Rakish styling
  • Ride/handling balance
  • Muscle-car performance (CLS63 AMG)
  • Rear-seat ingress
  • No middle seating position in back
  • Costs more than equivalent E-Class

By Automobile Magazine

What's New for CLS-Class in 2014

The CLS63 AMG is fortified with more power for the standard car and a new S-Model version. The regular CLS63 AMG sees the output of its turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 climb to 550 hp and 531 lb-ft of torque. Offering still more is the new S-Model, which bumps those figures to 577 hp and 590 lb-ft. The S-Model also includes an increased speed limiter that raises the top speed from 155 mph to 186 mph, a race start function for the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, and the AMG adaptive sport suspension. All CLS63 AMGs switch from rear-wheel drive to a special high-performance version of the Mercedes 4Matic all-wheel-drive system that sends two-thirds of the power to the rear wheels...
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Vehicle Summary

The Mercedes-Benz CLS touched off one of the hottest trends in the luxury-car world, the four-door "coupe." At its core, the CLS is nothing more than a rebodied E-Class, but what a body it is. The rakish roofline, swoopy sheetmetal, frameless door glass, and exaggerated proportions create a bespoke look that allows Mercedes to charge significantly more for the CLS than is does for the E-Class. No wonder other carmakers have rushed in with their own take on the concept -- Audi with the A7, BMW with the 6 Series Gran Coupe, and even Volkswagen with the CC.


Longer, lower, sleeker. Those are the watchwords of the CLS. Compared with the E-Class on which it's based, the CLS is about three inches longer and two inches lower to the ground. The sweeping roofline makes for a more intimate cabin. The top of the windshield is closer to the passengers, and the center console bisects the entire interior, making the rear seat a strictly two-person affair. The space is extremely well finished, and for those who would like to kick it up a notch, Mercedes offers a variety of special-order Designo leather upholstery treatments. There are also Designo paint colors for the exterior, including two matte-finish choices.

As befits its positioning above the E-Class in the Mercedes hierarchy, the CLS has additional standard equipment and a more focused engine lineup. You won't find a four-cylinder diesel -- or any diesel -- here. Nor is there an available V-6. Your options start with the smooth and powerful 4.7-liter biturbo V-8 in the CLS550. Output is no greater than in the E550, but with 402 hp and 443 lb-ft, few drivers are likely to feel slighted. The CLS is also available in ultra-flashy, ultra-high-performance CLS63 AMG guise. 4Matic all-wheel drive is standard on the CLS63 AMG; it's optional on the CLS550.

The CLS550 comes standard with Mercedes' Airmatic suspension, which adjusts to changing road surfaces to deliver exceptional smoothness without any float. The AMG cars have a unique suspension that uses air springs at the rear with traditional steel springs up front, all tuned for a much firmer ride and more responsive handling.

Key Competitors

  • Audi A7
  • BMW 6 Series Gran Coupe
  • Maserati Quattroporte
  • Porsche Panamera

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2014 CLS-Class Standard Equipment

Climate Control

  • Front Air Conditioning
  • Rear Air Conditioning


  • Auto On Headlights
  • Compass
  • Cruise Control
  • Keyless Entry
  • Power Locks
  • Power Outlet(s)
  • Power Windows
  • Steering Wheel Scope
  • Steering Wheel Tilt
  • Trip Computer


  • Rear Spoiler
  • Sunroof


  • Cargo Cover
  • Cargo Net
  • Cup Holders
  • Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Premium Interior Trim


  • Brake Assist
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Driver Air Bag
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Front Fog Lights
  • Integrated Turn Signal Mirrors
  • Knee Air Bag
  • Limited Slip Differential
  • Memory Mirrors
  • Passenger Air Bag
  • Rear Fog Lights
  • Side Air Bag(s)
  • Theft Deterrent System
  • Traction Control


  • Dual Power Seats
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Leather Seats

Sound and Entertainment

  • Compact Disc Changer
  • Compact Disc MP3 Capable
  • DVD Entertainment
  • Satellite Radio


  • Blue Tooth Compatible
  • GPS/Satellite Communication
  • Homelink Universal Transmitter
  • Navigation System
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