The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550C is a prime example of just how successful Mercedes has been, though as a car built on a foundation of compromise, there’s a lot more risk involved than first meets the eye.
Styling and Exterior
I should start off by saying I wasn’t a fan of the CLS’s style to begin with. Something about its proportions - so attractive to most - always put me in the mind of a sort of mechanized ant-eater. I’m still not convinced the rear taillight area isn’t a train-wreck of design, and the fender gap with the standard 18in wheels seems wide enough for stowaways, but I’ve come around to the overall package.
At any rate, it’s an eye-catching car, turning more heads than you might expect, even several years after its debut. Inside, it’s every bit as attractive, and a good deal less polarizing: it would be a hard thing to find fault with the cabin of the CLS.
The rear three-quarters view highlights the huge taillights and curved profile