2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review
Pros & Cons
- Powerful engines for decisive acceleration
- Pleasing balance of handling performance and comfort
- Long list of available advanced safety features
- Sleek exterior and impeccable interior
- Rear headroom is limited by the sloping roofline
- Lacks the features of current Mercedes vehicles
List Price Estimate
$44,119 - $53,116
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Which CLS-Class does Edmunds recommend?
The CLS 550 is our pick. It's considerably less expensive than the AMG CLS 63 S and still provides an abundance of power from its turbocharged V8. Except for some performance features, the CLS 550 can be outfitted similarly to the top-dog AMG version.
Edmunds' Expert Review
It's very quick. Although not an out-and-out sporting handler, the CLS 550 is capable enough to make impressive progress on back roads. This car is more of a cruiser, though, and not an AMG model.
The CLS excels on long trips. From its seats and comprehensive noise isolation to its compliant ride quality, this car is the place to be when the open road beckons.
Beautifully finished and solid-feeling, the cabin feels the pinch of the car's styling. The dramatically sloping roofline compromises entry, hampers visibility, and eats up headroom. Otherwise, there is space aplenty for passengers in front and back.
Up front are a large console bin, two average cupholders, modest door pockets and storage under driver's seat. Backseat console has two rolltop compartments, a flip-down armrest, small door pockets, plus pockets on seatbacks. The 15.3-cubic-foot trunk is narrower than expected but reasonably sized.
The knob-based multimedia interface can have awkward moments. The display screen is bright and sharp and never washes out.
Features & Specs
Our experts like the CLS-Class models:
- Collision Prevention Assist Plus
- Warns if a front collision is imminent and will apply the brakes if the driver doesn't react in time.
- Active Blind Spot Assist
- Alerts you if a vehicle is in your blind spot and beeps if you signal in that direction. It also steers you away if you drift toward it.
- BAS Plus With Cross-Traffic Assist
- Warns if side collisions are imminent when approaching intersections and supplies maximum braking force to the driver.