Used 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG® CLS 63 S AMG CLS 63 S Review
Edmunds Summary Review of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG® CLS 63 S AMG CLS 63 S
Pros & Cons
- Potent engines, even for a high-end luxury car
- Excellent balance of performance handling and a comfortable ride quality
- Abundant and well-executed safety features
- Impeccable interior quality
- Two-person backseat with limited headroom
- Lacks some features offered by the redesigned Mercedes E-Class
Full Edmunds Review: 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class AMG CLS 63 S
The 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 embodies everything we've come to expect from top-level German luxury sedans. The confidence-inspiring handling, combined with a composed ride quality, is a testament to the adaptive suspension's range and tuning. The steering feel is also worthy of praise; it provides feedback to the driver during enthusiastic handling and feels properly weighted for every driving condition.
We have yet to drive the V6 CLS400, but given the mechanically related 2016 E400 we did drive, we're sure the power output will be more than adequate for most drivers. Actually, it'll likely be more than abundant. But that's just the beginning. The CLS550 delivers a plentiful rush of power that can pin passengers to their seatbacks when you hit the gas, providing the sort of acceleration we used to expect from AMG models (but without the firm ride and heftier repair bill that comes with its many AMG components). Then again, that just means that today's AMG model, the CLS 63 S, is even more awe-inspiring with its colossal thrust and the resolute grip provided by its standard all-wheel-drive system. It's one of the most thrilling cars with four doors.
The CLS-Class' evocative roofline is one of its most distinguishing characteristics, but it's not without its drawbacks. Headroom for the rear seats suffers as a result, making the backseats ill-suited for adult passengers. The CLS also has just two seats in back with a center console situated in the middle. For frequent passenger shuttling, the less expensive five-seat E-Class is a better choice.
Materials quality and construction are up to the utmost expectations for Mercedes-Benz, but the interior's look and controls are from the previous generation of the brand's design. It lacks the organic curves, oversized display screen and general sense of opulence you'll find in the 2017 E-Class — then again, you may prefer the CLS' blockier, more classically German aesthetic.
Either way, another key difference is the standard COMAND electronics interface. It features the same software as you'll find in the updated C-Class (though not the E- and S-Class, which are even more advanced), but it's stuck with an 8-inch screen and it lacks the new touchpad included with the newer systems. The remaining buttons and knob get the job done, but this latest system does seem to be a bit more confusing than its predecessor.
Stepping up to the AMG CLS 63 S adds a distinctive sporty flair to the cabin, with racy sport seats and unique stitching and trim selections. The AMG also relocates the gear selector from the steering column to the center console, eliminating the large cupholders and reducing some interior storage for your personal effects.
Cargo space is generous regardless of CLS model, with a trunk that can hold up to 15.3 cubic feet. It is worth noting that the optional Bang & Olufsen audio system significantly compromises trunk space.
Edmunds Insurance Estimator
The Edmunds TCO® estimated monthly insurance payment for a 2017 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class in Virginia is:$132.33 per month*