This big Benz coupe effortlessly runs a 12.8-second quarter-mile at more than 109 mph. It hits 60 in 4.6 seconds. And it does it all with virtually no skill on the part of the driver.
Four-mode variable dampers give the CL a wide range of suspension calibration. And despite being huge, it still manages respectable speed in our handling tests.
There's ample adjustment range to define the CL as the long-legged coupe that it is -- comfortable around town and over the road.
Among the quietest cars we've ever tested, the CL is like a rolling safe room. This is especially impressive considering its lack of a B-pillar.
Mostly intuitive control placement and significant adjustability make the CL cockpit an ergonomically competent place to be.
Rear-quarter visibility could be better. Otherwise, there's a long hood with which to contend. The lack of B-pillars, however, improves lateral visibility,
Seat Access & Space
This is a big coupe which means there's actually enough room in the rear seat for 6-foot-plus adults. Entry to the rear seats, however, is diffficult. Front-seat movement is slow and squeezing into the rear isn't easy.
Cargo & Storage
A relatively small trunk and little overall storage space characterize the CL's emphasis on luxury over utility. Small door bins and a small center console do little to improve utility.
The CL is among the highest quality cars made today. Its use of high-end materials and superb assembly quality are hardly surprising in this luxury bracket.