This automobile is fabulous in every aspect. More than enough useable power and acceleration. Excellent ride comfort with just the right amount of feedback. Unbelievably comfortable seats with flawless and beautifully understated interior. The command system is logical intuitive and easy to use. The voice activation system has yet to miss a beat. The stereo system is the best I have ever heard. Build quality and fit and finish are the best I have ever owned.
This is the most fun car I have ever owned. After 10 months driving this car I am still finding stuff to like about it. The main features are all really great but there are countless smaller items which I enjoy. Like the car puts itself in park when you open the door. Automatically releases the parking brake when starting. Has a gas cap holder built in to keep it off the paint when filling up. It is loaded with thoughtfull little touches.
This car is superb in every aspect and has exceeded my expectations. The ride is that of a top of the line mattress, soft yet firm and supportive. The command system is very easy to learn, far superior to the iDrive BMW offers. The sound system is the best I've ever listened to. The interactive seats are the most comfortable in the industry. I sold my 2006 Bentley GT Coupe for this jewel. The Bentley is a model T ford compared to this vehicle. The voice activation for every system has yet to make an error. The rear camera is a terrific addition. The build quality beats the Bentley and the telephone system is state of the art. This car reeks of luxury, opulence, and fineness.
The standard features for this car are amazing. Basically the options for the other models of Mercedes are standard on this model. Navigation, Bi-Xenon headlights, etc. The performance from this is phenomenal. Mercedes has stepped up with not only performance, but they also topped the world of automotive technology. I would not trade this car for anything else.
No real technique to launching the CL550. The best runs were with only mild (1,500-rpm) brake torque. This is pretty much a "mash-and-steer" car. We found no difference between ESP on or off here.
Uneventful stop after stop. Consistent pedal, rapid but nonintrusive ABS operation, and the CL stops in luxury -- just like it does everything else.
Skid pad: Active Body Control (ABC) produces very flat cornering. The non-defeat stability system allows a small slip angle then shuts down the fun in a big hurry. Best numbers were the result of not sliding at all. Slalom: The ABC produces unorthdox body motions which feel bizarre. Its flat attitude regardless of speed or load feels very strange during the transitions, but apparently, it works. The non-defeat ESP defines the limits in this test, as well.