To begin with, let’s make it clear, although this saloon may look like a decently sized luxury sedan-coupe, it’s only a four-seater car. With small rear doors and a sloping roofline, those tall peeps might find it difficult getting in and out and remaining comfortable.
Starting at AU$110,260, the standard features include Harman Kardon stereo system, surround-view camera, auto parking, DAB digital radio, ambient lighting and keyless entry. With 520 litres of boot space there’s plenty of room to fit a few bags.
Underneath the bonnet there’s a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 with 245kW of power and 480Nm of torque available between 1200 and 4000rpm. Comfort mode will allow the CLS to glide over rough surfaces with ease, but Sport mode is where the confidence of the car can be seen, sharpening up around corners and putting those turbos to work.
Combined consumption is rated at 8.0L/100km and can get as low as 6.0L/100km on the highway, which makes sense given it has a nine-speed automatic transmission. Practicality may be flawed in some instances, however the CLS400 evidently differentiates from the standard C-Class and E-Class. Owners feel a sense of prestige and uniqueness that gives the CLS an edge over the Audi A7 and the BMW 6-Series. Despite its small interior, the superior design helps push the CLS over the line.