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Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 2018 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
8.3
The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic sits at the top of the range with its list price of $179,529. Standard equipment includes two 12.3-inch screens, a head-up display, a 13-speaker Burmester stereo, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, surround view camera, Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats,
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The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic sits at the top of the range with its list price of $179,529.

Standard equipment includes two 12.3-inch screens, a head-up display, a 13-speaker Burmester stereo, sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, digital radio, surround view camera, Nappa leather upholstery, heated front seats, 'Brown Ash' wood trim on the centre console, wheel-mounted shifting paddles, the ‘Night’ body kit, an AMG exhaust system auto-parking, 20-inch AMG wheels, air suspension, proximity key, privacy glass and power closing doors 

The Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 is all-wheel drive and has the same nine-speed auto transmission and 3.0-litre inline six petrol engine as the CLS450, but has been given a heftier twin-scroll turbo charging system and tuned to produce even more grunt at 320kW and 520Nm. There is also an integrated electric motor called an EQ Boost. 

While it’s a hybrid system of sorts the electric motor doesn’t drive the wheels, instead it recuperates kinetic energy, charges the battery and also provides power to an electric turbo charger.

Along with nine airbags, ABS, and traction and stability control the level of advanced safety equipment on onboard the new CLS is seriously impressive. There’s the 'Driving Assistance package Plus' which brings AEB with cross traffic function, evasive steering, blind spot warning with an active function and lane keeping assistance.

Pricing guides

$145,000
Based on 5 cars listed for sale in the last 6 months
Lowest Price
$145,000
Highest Price
$149,000

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
CLS500 4.7L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $96,400 – 121,880 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 CLS500 Pricing and Specs
CLS350 (hybrid) 2.0L, Hyb/PULP, 9 SP AUTO $81,900 – 103,510 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 CLS350 (hybrid) Pricing and Specs
CLS450 4Matic 3.0L, PULP, 9 SP AUTO $93,200 – 117,810 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 CLS450 4Matic Pricing and Specs
CLS450 4Matic (hybrid) 3.0L, Hyb/PULP, 9 SP AUTO $92,700 – 117,260 2018 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2018 CLS450 4Matic (hybrid) Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8.3
Richard Berry
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