Tested the Audi s7, BMW 6, Jaguar and then clearly decided on the CLS 4 matic. Incredible design inside and out. Perfect driving in terms of handling, pick up and comfort. Keep getting compliments almost every time I take it for a drive. Could hardly recommend it more highly.
Three weeks ago I traded in my 2009 SL550 for this car (2013 CLS550). I had some initial concerns that I would miss my SL, a car I liked very much. I like the CLS so much I haven't spent one minute missing the SL. The CLS is very quiet, luxurious, comfortable, powerful and handles well. It drives smaller than it is, in fact, while it is physically larger than my SL, it doesn't it feel it to me. I am looking forward to a long term, trouble free, relationship with my CLS550. It's now been one year since I wrote my original review. I have to say I'm still very happy with my CLS 550.
I have to say that this is one fine automobile! It is an orgasmic experience-wow! The handling,power,linear lineage,interior layout and exceptional craftsmanship to detail is wonderful. I have read some reviews that mention that the rear seats and headroom are a negative-really?! I bought this car for myself and my wife-I could care less about the comfort of the rear passengers-take a cab! The features that jump out at me are the side bolsters, passive massage, COMMAND features, Lane Assist option, raw power and acceleration. I work in auto sales with a competitor, but after reviewing this vehicle for 2 years, I had to have it. I may be looking for a new job, but this baby is worth it!
Overall very pleased with the CLS. Looks to kill. Really makes a statement. However, does not handle rough roads very well especially with the AMG tire and rim package. Glad I bought the road hazard coverage.
To mention only the most salient points. Visibility for making a left turn is downright dangerous, because of the limited view. The Sport or Comfort choice has no noticeable difference. No place to leave sunglasses for easy access. Battery had to be replaced after 1000 miles Drivers arm rest had to be replaced after 2 years 10,000 miles. The navigation screen tilt invites the sunshine which blinds the screen Seat upholstery is hard and causes pain to a user after a half hour. Rear view camera has a fisheye undesirable lens. A highly questionable technology when turning off the monitor it turns off everything such as the telephone etc. When starting the engine, it roars like a lion for several minutes. I don't like the car and am deeply disappointed in its convoluted in the dashboard located information systems. You need to crawl under dashport to find various switches LEFT TURN VISIBI:ITY< IMPOSSIBLE- DANGEROUS. I would never purchase this car again. AMEN Except for exterior design, the is the worst car I have ever owned