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2019 (19) Mercedes-Benz CLS CLS 400d 4Matic AMG Line 4dr 9G-Tronic

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Featured specification

Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Active park assistAnalogue clock on centre console
Attention assistBrake wear warning light
Cockpit display 12.3" widescreen digital instrument clusterCollision prevention assist plus
Cruise control + speed limiterDYNAMIC SELECT with a choice of driving modes (ECO, Comfort, Sport, Sport+ and Individual)
Front and rear parking sensorsMercedes connect me
Outside temperature gaugeRemote boot release
Reversing cameraSD card based satellite navigation system
Service indicator (ASSYST)Status display for rear seat belts in instrument cluster
Stop/start buttonTrip computer in multifunction display showing current fuel consumption

Entertainment

2 USB ports in centre consoleAudio 20 with USB, touchpad and control wheel with Media Interface with Bluetooth interface and hands-free function
DAB Digital radioHigh resolution 12.3" multimedia colour display

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lightsAMG bodystyling front and rear aprons and side skirts in polished aluminium
AMG brushed stainless steel sports pedals with black rubber studsBody colour door mirrors
Body coloured bumpersChrome door handles
Dark privacy glass from B-pillar backwardsElectric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric front/rear windows with one touch opening and closing, including obstruction sensorsGreen tinted glass
Heated windscreen wash systemLED daytime running lights
LED rear lightsLip spoiler
Multi beam intelligent LED headlight system with adaptive high beam assist plus and ultra range high beamPolished aluminium waistline
Pre-installation for roof rail systemsRadiator grille with integral star and 1 louvre in matt iridium silver with chrome trim
Radio aerial in rear windowRain sensor windscreen wipers
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activationSide windows surround in polished aluminium
Visible twin exhaust tailpipe in bumper 

Interior Features

3 rear seats3 spoke flat bottom multi function steering wheel trimmed in black nappa leather with touch control buttons
40:20:40 split folding rear seatsAMG floormats
Artico man-made leather upper dash trim with contrast stitchingAuto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Black roof linerCentre armrest and door handle illumination
Chrome door pinsCourtesy lights in rear grab handles with reading light functionality
Dual zone climate controlFront and rear door pockets
Front centre armrest with storage compartmentGlasses compartment in overhead control panel
Head restraints for driver and front passenger (four-way adjustability)and in rear (two-way)Heated front seats
Height/reach adjust steering wheelInterior lighting - 64 colour Ambient lighting
Interior rear light/integral reading lightsISOFIX child seat attachment points two outer rear seats
Leather gear knobLeather upholstery
Lockable/illuminated air conditioned gloveboxMulti function steering wheel
Rear armrest with storage + cupholdersSeat occupancy sensor for front passenger seat
Steering wheel gearshift paddlesSteering wheel touch control buttons for audio and onboard settings
Storage compartment under load area floorSunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
Welcome lighting 

Packs

Mirror pack - CLSSeat Comfort Pack - CLS
Stowage Pack - CLS 

Safety

3 point seatbeltsABS
Active bonnet pedestrian safety measure which detects an impact and raises bonnetAdaptive Brake System with HOLD function and brake drying in the wet
Airbags - driver and front passenger, with extended adaptivity for front passenger airbagAirbags - sidebag for driver and front passenger with combined thorax/pelvis bag
Brake calipers with Mercedes-Benz lettering + perforated brake discsChildproof locks manually operated for rear doors and electrically operated for rear power windows
Drivers knee airbagElectronic parking brake
Electronic Stability ProgrammeFront and rear curtain airbags
Hill start assistPre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Rear seatbelt warning indicatorTyre pressure monitoring system
Warning triangle and first aid kitWindow airbags

Security

Alarm system/interior protection/immobiliserCentral locking with interior switch, automatic locking and crash sensor with emergency opening function
Chrome surround electric keyKeyless Go starting function
Locking wheel boltsRemote central locking

Technical

25 litre AdBlue tank66 litre fuel tank
Agility control lowered suspension with selective damping systemDiesel particulate filter
Incorrect fuelling protection 

Trim

Open pore grey ash wood centre consoleOpen pore grey ash wood dashboard and door trim
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions - ICE

CO0.117CO2 (g/km)159
HC+NOx0.065Noise Level dB(A)69
NOx0.048Particles0.002
Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6 

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2925Compression Ratio15.5:1
Cylinder LayoutIN-LINECylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)82Cylinders - Stroke (mm)92.3
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears9 SPEEDNumber of Valves24
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption - ICE

EC Combined (mpg)47.1EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)52.3EC Urban (mpg)39.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb7.2WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min6.8WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High6.4WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low9.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium7.5WLTP - MPG - Comb39.2
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max37.7WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min41.5
WLTP - MPG - Extra High40.4WLTP - MPG - High44.1
WLTP - MPG - Low30.4WLTP - MPG - Medium37.7

General

AdBlueTrueBadge Engine CC2.9
Badge Power340Coin Descriptiond 4Matic
Coin SeriesAMG LineGeneration Mark2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0750EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage15500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)5Engine Power - BHP340
Engine Power - KW250Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM4400Engine Torque - LBS.FT516
Engine Torque - MKG71.4Engine Torque - NM700
Engine Torque - RPM1200Top Speed155

Test Cycles

Emissions Test CycleNEDC Correlated 

Tyres

Alloys?TrueTyre Size Front245/40 R19
Tyre Size Rear275/35 R19Tyre Size SpareTYRE REPAIR KIT
Wheel StyleAMG 5 TWIN SPOKEWheel Type19" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1436Length4996
Wheelbase2939Width1896
Width (including mirrors)2069 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)66Gross Vehicle Weight2545
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)520Max. Loading Weight610
Max. Roof Load100Max. Towing Weight - Braked1900
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight1935
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb11.9
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz CLS

If you like the idea of Mercedes' third generation CLS four-door coupe, it's most likely that it'll be the top 400d diesel version you'll be targeting. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Ten Second Review

Let's see if this is you. You've done pretty well in life and you've earned the right to a prestigious executive car. You'd rather like a Mercedes-Benz - but not a dull-looking one like the guy over the road drives. If that three-pointed star could be mounted on the bonnet of something with proper rear seat space that cuts more of a dash - something a little more cutting edge - you'd be interested. And you'd be Mercedes CLS target market. Here, we look at the top 400d 4MATIC diesel version of the third generation model.

Background

It sounds a simple concept: combining the elegance and dynamism of a coupe with the comfort and functionality of a saloon. This car though, was the first to perfect it - the Mercedes CLS. It's been around since 2004, with a MK2 model launched in 2011 and the third generation version we're going to test here introduced in 2018. This MK3 model CLS has brought us more eye-catching styling and a new range of engines, while promising an interior to die for that for the first time can seat up to five people. Plus there are big progressions in media connectivity, camera-driven safety technology and autonomous driving capability, all borrowed from the current E-Class. There's no unusual 'Shooting Brake' estate body style option this time round, but this car does share much with the desirable Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe that the brand will offer you if the top fastest petrol-powered CLS variant somehow isn't quick enough or exclusive enough for you. There'll be nothing though, quite like a CLS if you have your eye on a full-sized Executive segment saloon but want something a little more original and distinctive. Time to put this third generation 'C257'-series model to the test in top '400d' diesel 4MATIC form.

Driving Experience

The CLS may be billed as a Coupe but its driving demeanour is very much geared to long distance luxury. Lengthy highway journeys are aided by superb refinement, optional autonomous driving tech and supple suspension that can be further improved if you pay extra for 'AIR BODY CONTROL' air suspension. The CLS is a little more portly in third generation form, primarily due to the standard fitment of 4MATIC 4WD, which Mercedes deems necessary to match what rival Audi A7 Sportback and BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo models are offering in this segment. As a result, you'd be wise if budget permits to ignore the entry-level four cylinder petrol and diesel variants and instead go straight for the in-line six cylinder engines this third generation model was launched with. Most will want the 3.0-litre diesel, available with 282hp in the CLS 350d 4MATIC or 340hp in the CLS 400d 4MATIC variant we're trying for this test. Like all models, it gets 9-speed auto transmission and Mercedes' 'DYNAMIC SELECT' driving modes system. Twisting secondary roads don't really sit in this car's comfort zone - the steering's not especially feelsome but the brilliant ride quality and superb refinement offer ample compensation.

Design and Build

CLS styling has always been, in Mercedes' words, 'emotionally charged'. Not everyone's been a fan of this model in its first two generations but those who've liked it have really loved it. Most agree that the lines of the original 2004 version were more memorably sweeping than those of that model's more clinically-fashioned successor, a dynamically dramatic look that Chief Designer Gorden Wagener says his team have tried to recapture with this third 'C257'-series car. Inside, highlights include cabin-configurable lighting, emotive 'jet turbine'-style air vents and the widescreen cockpit design from the E-Class that sees a couple of configurable 12.3-screens joined together to replace the previous infotainment monitor and instrument binnacle dials. This optional 'COMMAND' infotainment central display is well worth having, with its Wi-Fi, 3D navigation, smartphone-mirroring features and app connectivity. Plus the cabin's beautifully trimmed and the seats are brilliantly supportive. In the rear, it's surprisingly spacious for a four-door coupe. This third generation CLS is the first in the model line in which it's actually been possible to take three people on the back seat, a change presumably in response to feedback from previous customers annoyed to find they couldn't do things like give their kids' friends a lift home from school. There's also a decent 520-litre boot, extendable with a standard 40:20:40-split rear bench.

Market and Model

This CLS 400d 4MATIC 'AMG Line' derivative is priced from around £60,500 and there's nothing directly comparable in this segment. The nearest options lie with the Audi A7 Sportback 50 TDI and the BMW 6 Series GT 630d xDrive, but they both feature lower-powered diesel engines that more directly compete with the lesser CLS 350d 4MATIC model (which by the way costs about £58,000). The car comes with comprehensive standard equipment including 19-inch alloy wheels, a parking package including a reversing camera, full leather upholstery and 40:20:40 split folding rear seats. Up-front, there's a 12.3-inch infotainment screen with 'Audio 20' multimedia monitor and a fully digitalised 12.3-inch cockpit display. Plus you get ambient lighting with a choice of 64 colours, Agility Control suspension and of course a DAB radio. Most buyers will probably go for the 'Premium Plus' equipment line for just under £4,000 more that gives you keyless entry, a seat memory package including electrically adjustable front seats and steering wheel, a Burmester surround sound system, a 360?? camera, the 'Comand Online' infotainment system and an electric sliding sunroof.

Cost of Ownership

The 400d CLS variant delivers 47.9mpg and emits 156g/km of CO2. That's about the same as the lesser CLS 350d 4MATIC variant. The desirability of the CLS helps it perform strongly on the used market and the diesel-engined cars are the most sought after. Comparatively rare cars with evocative styling rarely fall out of bed by the time owners come to sell them on and this is no exception. All CLS models are of course priced well above the £40,000 threshold, so owners will need to pay a luxury car tax that'll set them back an extra £310 in the first year of ownership, that annual charge then rising to £450 until the fifth year you own the car. Other things we'll need to tell you include the fact that the comprehensive three year unlimited mileage warranty is built upon by Mercedes' Mobilo scheme which delivers breakdown cover for up to thirty years, as long as you continue to have your car serviced at a Mercedes main dealer. And it's worth knowing that your maintenance outlay can be kept a little in check by going for the optional Service Care package that takes care of routine maintenance, spreading the cost of regular servicing, guaranteeing the price of parts and labour for up to four services and covering the cost of all recommended service items such as brake fluid, spark plugs, air filters, fuel filters and screen wash.

Summary

Once upon a time, you could admire a Mercedes, aspire to ownership, or respect what it did but it was rarely possible to form an emotional bond with one. But then the CLS arrived and changed all that. As it still does. This MK3 model may not be quite as arresting as the first generation original but it'll still make a splash in the office car park and mark you out as an independent thinker. If that's the case, you may well agree with us that this four-door formula's certainly more elegant than the hatchback format that rivals in this sector use. For self-made business people seeking an appropriate but not extravagant reward for a lifetime's endeavour, this Mercedes remains an expressive, individual and very complete choice, especially in this top diesel '400d' guise, provided you can afford its significant price tag. It's a very German expression of fashionability, but the right kind of buyer will find it very desirable indeed.

Performance
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Handling
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Comfort
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Space
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Styling
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Build
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Value
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Equipment
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Economy
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Depreciation
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Insurance
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This vehicle has previously been registered to a business or a vehicle rental company, or been used by a business, so it may have been driven by more than one driver.

* This vehicle is affected by the new 2020 road tax rules. Find out more

** Depending on the age of the vehicle, MPG and CO2 may be quoted using either NEDC or WLTP testing standards. Find out more

Figures are provided for comparison purposes. Fuel consumption under real world driving conditions and the CO2 produced will depend upon a number of factors, including any accessories fitted after registration, variations in driving styles, weather conditions and vehicle load.

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