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Bentley Continental vs Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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Bentley Continental
Bentley Continental

2023 price

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

$179,717 - $184,800

2022 price


2023 Bentley Continental
2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Safety Rating

Engine Type
Twin Turbo V8, 4.0L

Twin Turbo 6, 3.0L
Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded Petrol

Premium Unleaded/Electric
Fuel Efficiency
11.1L/100km (combined)

9.2L/100km (combined)

  • A thirst for petrol
  • A surprising amount of options
  • Too many optional safety features

  • Compromised rear-seat room
  • Pricier than rivals
  • Unergonomic steering wheel controls
2023 Bentley Continental Summary

Bentley has been building cars for more than 100 years, but the famous British brand was re-born 20 years ago when it launched the Continental GT.

The sporty coupe and convertible reinvigorated the brand, returning it to its former glory days when it made cars that were dynamic and not just big and luxurious.

Now onto its third generation, the Continental GT has not only helped Bentley re-establish itself but also become a modern motoring icon.

Which is what the company wanted, an iconic model, like the Porsche 911 that could be a flagbearer for the brand.

Like the 911, this latest iteration is available in multiple forms, and we’re testing the Continental GT S Convertible, a two-door, four-seat grand tourer - with an emphasis on the ‘grand’.

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2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Summary

Mercedes-Benz loves to fill a niche. This is the company, after all, that has a coupe version of its GLC and GLE SUVS, four-door coupes ranging in size from the CLA to the AMG GT 4-door, and enough electric vehicles to make Tesla jealous.

The nichest of all though, might the CLS, which has been updated for the 2022 model year.

Positioned above the E-Class but below the S-Class in the line-up as a sporty sedan for customers after a blend of style, technology and performance, the new CLS is available in just one engine now, while styling and equipment have also been tweaked in the update.

Can the CLS earn its place in the Mercedes line-up or is it destined to be a bit player amongst more popular models?

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