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2009 Mercedes-Benz CLS Class - Review

 

Enlarge PhotoInside, materials are excellent, fit and finish is first-class and the styling, though perhaps a bit heavy-handed, fits very well with the car’s overall theme, and with the luxury segment in general. The quality of the wood is notable, looking less like a lacquered simulacrum and more like a polished bit of furniture.

The leather is soft and pliant, without the slickness encountered in cheaper-feeling leathers. Panels fit closely and securely, and all about the cabin are made to feel substantial and solid, even at the lower door panels and across the cabin ceiling. Aspiring rivals would do well to cover their bases as thoroughly.

Equipment and Features
The CLS 550 delivered to us for testing came with an Indium Grey paint job, Cashmere Beige interior and three options/equipment packages: the Parktronic system, the P01 Premium Package and the 318 Trim Package; which is a cryptic way of saying it had a built-in iPod/MP3 interface (note: NOT iPhone compatible), electronic trunk closer, active heated and cooled front seats, and a handful of other handy gadgets.

Parking is more difficult than it might seem, given that the car not only looks bigger than it is from the outside, but from the inside as well. After several trial runs and some assistance from the parking sensor, however, all of the eccentricities of the car’s dimensions can be sussed out, allowing dazzling displays of wheel placement without mounting or scraping a curb.

The analog clock and awkward COMAND interface are the only quibbles to be had with the handsome interior

The analog clock and awkward COMAND interface are the only quibbles to be had with the handsome interior


 
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  1. nothing much has changed... and thats good =D
     
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  2. It's a great car, no doubt. The styling is in the eye of the beholder; I don't care for it, or the narrow windows, but that's just an opinion.
    That the screen doesn't respond to touch is silly, it takes my father in his Mercedes 10x as long to enter information as it does in my Ford.
    But, as always, the car is incredibly solid and well engineered, and probably one of the safest vehicles on the road...
     
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  3. yea thats true Gus i know alo of people who hate it, and one guy who bought one for his wife but she literally got sick from driving it because f the slim windows haha. and this car on smaller wheels looks horrible!
    but i love it good to see merc taking a bit more risk on a design rather than the absolute boring designs like the e-class.
    theres alot to hate about this car but alot to absolutely love just depends on who is the buyer.
     
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  4. I own one of the first MY2006 CLS 500 with the sports package and I absolutly love mine. It is not for everyone and thats why I love it! I like Mercedes and I'm attracted to their more unique offerings, I also have a G500 and it's another vehicle thats not for everyone it's not an SUV it's an in your face truck, it turns even more heads than my CLS but I LOVE them both.
     
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  5. See, my wife totally loves the look of this car, it is swoopy and elegant in a way that other cars aren't. I think the Audis and E-class are better looking, but comparatively boring.
     
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  6. i someone offered me 5 amg e-classes id rather take one cls. thats how much i love this car.haha.
     
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  7. Come on dudes, this is a great car,, styleing opinions are best left to those who plunk down thier money. This car is a dream, its powerful yet completly refined. Its a wonderful drive. Forget the low windows,, you want to see low windows ,,ride in a dodge or chrysler. This mercedes is one of the best cars i have ever owned.. we get so many compliments , but the hell with that, we love driving this jewel.. Its easy to be critical of todays autos, but when you evaluate the price point, this car delivers.. plain and simple. Forget the stuffy review, the dude likely drives a Yugo.. thier style is timeless.!
     
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  8. sweet car
     
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  9. It's my first Mercedes. I liked the styling from the beginning and now in 2011 I own onw. It is a machine, functional and elegant at the same time. Mine is black on black and reminds me of diamonds with a midnight sun. I would have no other.
     
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  10. Spend some time in the equisitively engineered machine and it just swallows you up. As an everyday car there are few that can compete with it.Drive it ten years from now and it still will be a joy to drive.Having owned many merc's they just deliver year after year and hold up better than any other German car I've owned. Must be the engineering.
     
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