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Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 6.2 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 7-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 475 hp @ 6800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/18 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

  • The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a stylish, if expensive, melding of comfort and performance that should more than satisfy all but the most serious driving enthusiasts.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Powerful engines, solid chassis, composed ride, comfortable front seats, fast power top operation in Cabriolet.

  • Cons

    High price, some subpar plastic trim, a few quirky controls.

  • What's New for 2007

    The big changes for 2007 are under the hood of the V8 models. The CLK500 becomes the CLK550 via a larger V8. It delivers 382 horsepower, a full 80 more hp than last year. Similarly, the AMG version of the CLK convertible gets more muscle-bound, becoming the CLK63 and boasting 475 hp, a 113-hp increase. In less exciting news, the V6 version, the CLK350, gets a new optional Sports Appearance package.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Almost great!

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

This is my first Mercedes. Everything is great except for a few things. The seat back contours are designed/built for very skinny people. Even a Mitsubishi I had with wrap around seat backs, were adjustable. The dial temp controls aren't very accurately adjustable (the 2002 Avalon I have are digitally adjustable with rocker up/down 1 degree increments). Ride & handling are superb for a convertible. Body is rigid with almost no twist on tight turns. Engines today should not require premium gas. The menu system is not very user friendly. And I just found out that the Nav. system is only updated every 5 years. Good thing I have portable Garmin units (which are easier to program).




Love this car!

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

Purchased first as lease when new. Bought out the lease. Just love this car. Great power for a V6 and average 32mpg on the highway. Never have had any issues whatsoever. Great customer service during regular scheduled maintenance. Even got a loaner car every time! So much fun to drive and going topless is pure joy. I will definitely buy another MB.




The best

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

I have owned 19 cars, five of which were Benz. My favorites were the 1965 250S and the current CLK 350. It's a dream on the interstate but it is equally a pleasure to cruise the beach. My only complaints are that the trunk is a bit on the cozy side, especially with the top down, and the navigation system is CD driven. However, the navigation system is very good and I would never buy another car without the factory installed system. Gas mileage is outstanding. On the interstate I get 28 regularly (at 80+ mph), although city driving is considerably less. Although the model styling is a few years old I still get many wonderful comments and thumbs up from drivers on the road.




I highly recommend the bmw

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

I traded in a BMW 330 convertible on this car a little over a year ago. I was looking for something a little more luxurious, but with the fun of the convertible. I really wish I had the 5 year old BMW back. This car looks good, but that's about it. Boring to drive, doesn't hug the curves like I'm used to. I've also been very disappointed in the interior of this car. Very cheaply designed for the price. Navigation system is so outdated that most of my commute on a highway completed two years ago is not even on the system. No one can tell me when this will be updated. I put the top down about once a week and put it back up in the garage. It is showing far more wear than 5 yr old BMW.




2 years later

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

We picked this car up in Germany in Oct,2005, fresh off the 2006 production line. I highly recommend their white-glove international delivery. We tooled around on the autobahn at speeds of 120- 130mph with little effort. I only recently went on a road trip of any length in the U.S.; 2000 miles to NY and back to Atlanta. What a dream on the road! Surprizingly, room for 2 suitcases,a computer tower,various coolers and tote bags without having to put the top up! Mileage ran at 30mpg @ 70-80 cruising speed. Because this is a performance car, the ride is stiff, but not intolerable for long trips. The adjustability of the driver seat makes finding a comfortable setting easy. Navi system is adequate.




Best car purchase

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Vehicle: 2006 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class

I previously owned an SLK 320, but wanted more room and luxury without sacrificing fun and performance. This car is the perfect answer. The only trip to the dealer so far was to remedy an electrical connector on the transmission and replace the CD player. Pleasantly surprised at delivery to find the newer console with two additional cup holders. Comfortable seats, and interior fit and finish is first rate. With the roof up there is good visibility, and it is surprisingly quiet. Absolutely fun to drive and easy on the eyes. This one is a keeper.



Full 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class Review

What's New for 2007

The big changes for 2007 are under the hood of the V8 models. The CLK500 becomes the CLK550 via a larger V8. It delivers 382 horsepower, a full 80 more hp than last year. Similarly, the AMG version of the CLK convertible gets more muscle-bound, becoming the CLK63 and boasting 475 hp, a 113-hp increase. In less exciting news, the V6 version, the CLK350, gets a new optional Sports Appearance package.

Introduction

Although it's something of a middle child, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class doesn't give much, if anything, away in terms of luxury and performance to the more senior cars in this prestigious marque's lineup. Available in both hardtop and convertible ("Cabriolet") forms, the midsize CLK is more stylish than its sedan relatives, yet roomier than Mercedes' SL-Class and more accessible in price than the high-dollar CL-Class.

The CLK-Class received a makeover a few years ago that saw a sleek, crouching tiger of a car replace the previous, somewhat pudgy first-generation version. By having front-end styling that looks similar to the SL's along with an exotic, wedge-like profile, the CLK looks as if it could cost considerably more than its actual MSRP.

The coupe's profile is also distinctive due to its lack of a B-pillar, which normally resides between the side windows. As a result, the CLK coupe has an airy cabin whether the windows are up or down. And although more and more premium-brand convertibles are adopting a retracting-hardtop design, the CLK Cabriolet sticks with the tried-and-true conventional soft top. In fairness, the cabriolet's top is well insulated and fairly quiet when raised.

For 2007, Mercedes-Benz has introduced more powerful V8 engines. The "standard" V8 model, formerly the CLK500, is now called the CLK550. The number change indicates the presence of a larger, 5.5-liter V8 that makes an impressive 382 hp, 80 more than last year's engine. The AMG version (available in Cabriolet form only) also sees a big jump in output. With a naturally aspirated 6.2-liter V8, the CLK63 makes an astounding 475 hp.

With a lineup that ranges from the entry-level 268-hp CLK350 to the mighty 475-hp CLK63, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is going to appeal to a wide range of potential buyers. In our opinion, those considering the CLK350 should also look at the new BMW 335i coupe. With its sportier chassis tuning and the availability of a manual transmission, that Bimmer would be a more logical (and less costly) choice for the serious driving enthusiast.

Those who value luxury and performance equally, however, should be impressed with the newly invigorated CLK550. That said, the Audi S4 also deserves strong consideration considering its all-weather capabilities and lower price tag. With its invigorating performance, the CLK63 AMG is a thrilling ride for four. It's also less expensive than its closest competitor, the BMW M6 convertible, though the latter does ultimately provide a more entertaining driving experience.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK comes in coupe and convertible ("Cabriolet") forms. Coupes are available as either the V6-powered CLK350 or the V8-powered CLK550. Standard on both are 10-way power front seats, leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a 10-speaker Harman Kardon sound system and a power-adjustable tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The CLK550 adds paddle shifters for the automatic transmission and an AMG-style body kit (meaning lower body skirting, a rear deck lid spoiler and chrome exhaust outlets). Options include a Sport Appearance package for the CLK350 that's more hardware than eye candy, as it includes a lowered sport suspension and upgraded brakes in addition to 10-spoke wheels. Other available features include a navigation system, bi-xenon adaptive headlights, run-flat tires, a Harman Kardon Logic 7 sound system with a glovebox-mounted CD changer, satellite radio, rear parking sensors and Keyless Go, which allows the car to be started without a key. There are also the "designo" editions, which feature special silver or graphite paint with unique interior treatments.

The CLK350 and CLK550 Cabriolets' standard and optional equipment levels essentially mirror those of the coupes. The CLK63 AMG Cabriolet adds heated sport seats, aluminum accents and the Logic 7 audio system with Sirius Satellite Radio. Options for the CLK63 include Keyless Go, the navigation system, bi-xenon adaptive headlights and front/rear park assist.

Powertrains and Performance

The CLK350 comes with a 3.5-liter V6 (268 hp), while the CLK550 upgrades to a 5.5-liter V8 (382 hp). Acceleration is quick either way, with 0-60-mph times of 6.4 and 5.1 seconds for the CLK350 and CLK550 coupes, respectively. The CLK63 Cabriolet is supercar quick -- its 6.2-liter, 475-hp V8 can catapult it to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. All CLKs come with a seven-speed automatic transmission that can be shifted manually if desired; V8 models feature gearshift paddles to do the latter.

Safety

Stability control, antilock disc brakes with brake assist, active front head restraints, front side airbags and front-and-rear side curtain airbags (on coupes) are standard. Rear side airbags on convertibles are optional (standard on the CLK63 AMG), and pop-up roll bars behind the rear seats that deploy in a roll-over are standard.

Interior Design and Special Features

For the most part, the CLK's cabin is appropriately sumptuous, with plenty of leather, wood and elegant chrome. Still, some of the plastic trim on the upper door panels seems low-grade for this class of automobile. Buckling up for the front occupants is eased considerably via automatic seatbelt "presenters" that offer the belts after the doors are shut. Other conveniences include an easy-entry system that powers the front seats forward and up, making it easier to get in back. Also, in the coupe, the rear seats fold down completely, providing a flat load floor that allows long items to be carried inside the car. The convertible features large side windows and a relatively slim roof design for good top-up visibility, and the top can be quickly lowered or raised simply by pressing a button on the key fob.

Driving Impressions

While not as athletic as the two-seat SLK, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK feels more nimble than the larger CL-Class. The CLK350 offers confident, stable handling, though serious enthusiasts are apt to prefer the sharper reflexes of the less expensive BMW 3 Series coupe. The V8-powered CLK550 provides an even more enticing combination of performance and sophistication, rewarding the well-to-do driver with downright vigorous acceleration and equally composed road manners. The CLK63 has prodigious capabilities, but its super personality is marred by the steering, which feels lackluster compared to the rest of the car.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
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  • 18
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