There is a reason Mercedes Benz is popular with the mature motorist; their cars combine subtle sleek styling with clever elements of class and comfort. They are a great balance of business and pleasure and enable the driver to both enjoy the ride, without having to put too much thought into it. You may think that not having to think too much while driving a car would make the ride boring, but the delicate balancing act Mercedes Benz have created with the CLS means that although the car practically drives itself, it has just enough to keep you awake behind the wheel.
We were privileged enough to put the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY through its paces and we quickly realised what has, and always will set the Mercedes Benz franchise apart from its other competitors is the attention to the details that make their cars more about the driver than the drive. Some people often ask what the point in having a car is, if there is no thrill in driving the thing. To which we would reply that cars are no longer a nice to have, they are a need to have, so why not have the car with everything that does everything.
We were privileged enough to put the CLS 250 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY through its paces and we quickly realised what has, and always will set the Mercedes Benz franchise apart from its other competitors.
The CLS is a big car. The exterior styling of the CLS means that its size is negated by clever design, giving it a compact, yet business allure. The front is all Mercedes Benz business class and the relatively new design of their front grill gives it that aggressive sporty look, which is then matched to the rear that slopes sharply down from the middle of the CLS creating a racy, slick and aerodynamic flow from front to back. The almost compact look of the exterior does not compromise the interior spacing at all and the CLS has plenty of leg and head room for both the front and rear passengers. The over 500 litre boot capacity was also quite surprising to us, as we thought the compact design and massive interior space would have to be taken from somewhere.
Personal taste aside, the Mercedes Benz CLS had a beautiful leather interior which was matched with wooden trimmings throughout, creating an ambience of sophistication and comfort. It had electronically adjustable seats with memory function and a touch screen entertainment system. The system was not that easy to master, but after enough trial and error, we discovered it had just about everything the discerning traveller would need.
Now we mentioned earlier that the CLS, and generally Mercedes Benz, was not the most hair raising car to drive, but that doesn’t mean it can’t move. The CLS is fast, strong through corners, and even on a dirt road, the suspension provided a smooth and comfortable ride, which was far beyond reproach. As we found out in the rain, the brakes are world class and afford the driver so much confidence in the car he is driving. The cruise control in the CLS was fantastic as it allowed us to sit back and enjoy the scenery, the drive and the no fuss, no frills approach to executive motoring. If we were to pick up one, or any fault in the CLS it would have to be the price. At just over R700 000 it may seem expensive in its class, but when you put it up against the competition, can you put a price on comfort perfection?