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Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.5 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 7-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 382 hp @ 6000 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 14/20 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

  • If you seek sports car performance, sleek coupe-like style and the convenience of four doors, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has you covered. And if you need even more emphasis on the performance end, the CLS63 AMG should more than satisfy.

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  • Pros

    Sharp and sexy exterior design, handles like a smaller car, smooth and potent V8s.

  • Cons

    Sleek lines make getting in back a little awkward, headroom tight in back for taller passengers, complicated control interface.

  • What's New for 2007

    This four-door "coupe" from Mercedes-Benz, known as the CLS, gets more power for 2007, its sophomore year. The standard model becomes the…

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Customer Reviews

  Average Consumer Rating (22 total reviews)

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

Ballin with balls!

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

I am a sales manager at a very large dealership and i sell everything from a ford escort on up to well, a Mercedes Benz. I'm only 28 years old an I've probably owned somewhere around 30 cars since i was 16. This is honestly the first car I've fallen in love with! I was debating over the last few months of whether i wanted to buy a luxury car or a performance car, when i drove the cls 550, i realized i could have both and made an immediate purchase.

16 of 17 people found this review helpful

2007 mercedes cls550

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

The style is nice. The car is in the shop at least once every 3 months. Fixes so far include, oil leaks, belt tensioner replaced, chrome trim tarnished and replaced, differential replaced, steering wheel leather peeled, door glass window needed several repairs, cup holder chrome peels off in one year or so, replaced once and will need replacement again, window class catches the rubber molding when opened on all doors (no fix available at dealer). The car has clicking noise from from and rear suspension, the dealer said it is normal to have the noise. It may well be normal but I did not expect a MB to have such noises. Blind spot is bad.

More fun than i expected

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

The CLS550 has both more power AND more room than I expected. An absolute BLAST to drive and the back seat is more spacious than it looks. It has a low roof line but it opens up once you get in the back seat. The front is totally spacious. Handles much better than the BMW 545, 550 and 750. I have owned a 750i and it was too big and made me feel old. The CLS turns heads and puts you in the back of the seat when you hit the pedal.

Concens with engine

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

I purchased this car 2 weeks ago and I've already had to return to the dealership for a oil leak. The car only has 30,890 miles and for it to have a leak is really concerning. I love the car but the oil leak really bothers me. I'm disappointed so far because the car runs great but my confidence is a little shaken at the moment.

Couldn't be more pleased

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

In the past I have owned multiple BMWs, Lexus, Accura, Infinities, and other Mercedes models and this is by far the best of the best. The car is extremely stylish, has incredible power, great handling and is just all around fun to drive. There are some sacrifices in rear head room for style but I gladly accept those sacrifices (not like I am back there anyway). This vehicle takes the stuffiness out of the larger luxury sedans and adds style and class that may not be for everyone. Suits me perfectly. The console controls are more intuitive than others (iDrive) and the packages offered combine a good set of features.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

Best car i've owned or

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Vehicle: 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550 4dr Sedan (5.5L 8cyl 7A)

Excellent performance - - 19 to 28 mpg - - stunning looks(black)- - it's a head turner, people comment on the vehicle

Gas Mileage


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  • 20
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Full 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review

What's New for 2007

This four-door "coupe" from Mercedes-Benz, known as the CLS, gets more power for 2007, its sophomore year. The standard model becomes the CLS550. The number change indicates the V8 is now a 5.5-liter unit. It delivers 382 horsepower, 80 more than the output of last year's V8. Additionally, the high-performance CLS63 AMG replaces last year's CLS55 AMG and brings more power as well -- 507 hp compared to the previous 469 hp. Newly standard are a Harman Kardon premium audio system (with six-disc CD changer) and Mercedes' "PreSafe" collision-mitigation system.


Looking more like a sleek "they'll never build it like that" concept than an actual production car, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is what the company calls a four-door coupe. This contradiction of terms is convincingly brought together via the CLS' crouching body, curving side windows and swept back roof line. In a sea of handsome, midsize luxury sedans, the CLS has the increasingly rare ability to stand apart thanks to its head-turning style. And in this segment, that counts for a lot.

Under the overtly athletic skin is a chassis to match. This year sees the infusion of more power under the hood as a pair of new V8s debut. The "standard" CLS, called the CLS550, now sports a 5.5-liter V8 wielding 382 hp, a full 80 horses more than the V8 in last year's CLS500. The mighty AMG version is now called the CLS63 AMG and has a 6.2-liter V8 that makes a monstrous 507 hp, an increase of 38 hp compared to last year. Both engines send their power through a seven-speed automatic with manual-shift capability. Performance is exhilarating in the CLS550, stupendous in the CLS63.

Sexy styling and push-you-back-in-your-seat power are strong draws for moneyed enthusiasts, but the CLS is not without its flaws. The tapered roof line means those in back will have less room than if they were riding in a shorter E-Class sedan. Most passengers will be comfortable back there, but taller folks will want to be quick when calling "shotgun." And in spite of the superb engineering exhibited in the powertrains and suspension, there are some ergonomic quirks, such as a flimsy pop-out cupholder and fussy audio and navigation controls.

Direct competition for the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is hard to nail down, due to the Benz's unique body style. Loosely defined, the CLS' rivals would be V8-powered, rear-drive luxury/sport sedans, such as the Audi A8/S8, BMW 5 Series/M5, Lexus GS 430, Infiniti M45 and Cadillac STS/STS-V. Although all are impressive vehicles, none can match the CLS's impressive combination of style, performance and function.

Body Styles, Trim Levels, and Options

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS is a midsize luxury sedan. It comes in two trims, the CLS550 and the CLS63 AMG. The CLS550 comes with full power accessories, a sunroof, four-zone automatic climate control, a Harman Kardon audio system with six-CD changer, a trip computer and 18-inch alloy wheels. Mercedes' Airmatic suspension system is also standard and gives the CLS a level of adjustability to suit every type of driver. In addition to the bigger V8, the CLS63 AMG adds napa leather upholstery, heated sport seats, 19-inch wheels, a sport-tuned suspension and more powerful brakes.

Options for both CLS trims include a navigation system, "Distronic" adaptive cruise control, front and rear park assist, "Drive Dynamic" seats (that automatically pump up the side bolsters for additional support during performance driving) and a pair of color-themed "designo" packages. An AMG Sport package is available for the CLS550; it includes 18-inch double-spoke wheels, lower body skirting and paddle shifters. For the AMG itself, there is a Performance package that adds Formula One-style compound brakes, a 186-mph speed limiter (versus the standard 155-mph limiter), a limited-slip differential and even firmer suspension tuning.

Powertrains and Performance

The CLS550 has a 5.5-liter V8 that produces 382 hp and 391 pound-feet of torque. The CLS63 AMG has a 6.2-liter V8 that makes 507 hp and 465 lb-ft. A seven-speed automatic with Sportronic manual-shift capability is the sole gearbox for both trims. Paddle shifters are standard on the CLS63 and optional on the CLS550. Responses from the advanced transmissions are satisfying, as there is no lag between shifts, especially in the AMG. According to Mercedes, the CLS550 will run from zero to 60 in 5.4 seconds, while the CLS63 will do that sprint in just 4.3 seconds.


Antilock disc brakes, active front head restraints, stability control, side curtain and side-impact (front and rear) airbags are all standard. Newly standard is the PreSafe system, which, when it senses an impending collision (via rapid braking and steering patterns) automatically tightens up the seatbelts, closes the sunroof and positions the right front seat for optimum airbag protection.

Interior Design and Special Features

The CLS' coupe-like body style means getting into the rear compartment is tricky for 6-footers. Once inside, those taller folks may brush their heads, but plenty of knee and shoulder room keep it comfortable. The short windows make it feel less airy than a typical sedan, but compared to a traditional coupe, the CLS is legitimately comfortable in back rather than merely passable. A strip of wood trim that spans the dash differentiates the CLS from any of its siblings, along with smaller, but tastefully applied touches of wood and chrome trim throughout. The AMG version features napa leather upholstery, special multicontour sport seats up front, an Alcantara leather headliner and slick AMG gauges in black on white. As is typical for Mercedes, the audio and navigation systems take some getting used to, as opposed to the systems in Asian competitors, which are usually very intuitive.

Driving Impressions

In addition to the prodigious thrust offered by its pair of powerful V8 engines, the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class also makes a good showing when the road turns twisty. Left in its default Comfort mode, the standard CLS's suspension responds with typical luxury car motions, soft when it needs to be and stiff enough to maintain complete control at all times. There are two Sport settings designed for more aggressive driving that tighten things up and deliver a full-on sport sedan driving experience when desired. Unlike some other luxury/sport sedans, the CLS invites you to go harder at every turn. Quick steering, minimal body roll and plenty of grip contribute to that sensation. Stepping up to the CLS63 AMG kicks the already impressive performance up a few notches, making this four-seat four-door the equal of more than a few exotic two-seaters.

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