This car has got it all: style, comfort, sportiness, oppulence, neck-snapping performance, build quality that reminds me of 1990's Mercedes, and the safety and security of AWD.
I get countless compliments and stares while driving the car and the interior styling is quite impressive as well. Even with the airmatic suspension set in sport mode and the transmission engaged in its sport setting, everything is just buttery smooth. It's truely an outstanding car.
The new Twin Turbo V8 sounds great, has endless waves of torque, and is even relatively fuel efficient. (I average 22 mpg in mixed driving.) The fact that this new CLS550 accelerates as quickly as last year's CLS63 AMG is pretty impressive too.
I also love the AIRMATIC adjustable air suspension. No matter what mode you're in, the ride is always so stable, smooth, secure.
The COMMAND infotainment system is vastly improved over the previous units used in our CLK550 and E320. There are so many different menus and features, but they're all easy to find. The 5-day weather reports and traffic updates are awesome.
One more thing I adore is the active multicontour driver seat.
Im still not really in love with the idea of the shift lever being located on the steering wheel column. Hopefully it'll grow on me.
Also, the reason I had marked value as only a 3/5 was because as oustanding as this car is, it is also priced a bit extravagently. You're basically paying for a $15k more expensive E-class with slightely more style and a lot less practicality.
If you absolutely fall in love with the car and cant stand the popularity and lack of exclusivity of an E-class (like me), then you probably wont mind the price too much.