The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS is a unique car that defies easy categorization. Mercedes calls it a “four door coupe,” intended to offer the sporty feel of a coupe combined with the utility and comfort of a large luxury sedan. The automotive press generally finds that it offers some of both, but all of neither. The CLS is for those who almost need a sedan, but can compromise some room in exchange for a car that raises their pulse. Automobile Magazinesums it up, “If you wanted practicality or rear-seat room or a deep trunk in your Benz, you’d buy an E-class. The CLS isn’t about sensible. It’s about sensual. It’s about emotional.”
The Mercedes-Benz CLS is available in two trims: the standard CLS550, or the high-performance AMG CLS63. The CLS550 is powered by a 5.5-liter V8 delivering 382 horsepower. The CLS63, a 6.3-liter V8 making 507 horsepower. Because of its unusual market niche, the CLS doesn’t have any natural predators. If you’re sold on Mercedes but need a functional backseat, its S-Class cousin may be a more practical alternative. The Audi A8 can outperform the CLS in many ways, as can the BMW 7-Series. But if you’re just attracted to the CLS’ unusual looks, there really isn’t an alternative, and though it is ranked low in its class, it sits in a class where even the lowest-ranked cars are among the world’s finest.
|Vehicle Traction||Rear Wheel Drive|
|Exterior Color||Deep Blue Pearl|