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Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 2018 review: snapshot

EXPERT RATING
8
With a list price of $155,529, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4Matic sits above the entry grade CLS 350 but below the top-spec Mercedes-AMG CL53 4Matic.

With a list price of $155,529, the Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 4Matic sits above the entry grade CLS 350 but below the top-spec Mercedes-AMG CL53 4Matic.

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, leather upholstery, heated front seats, wheel-mounted shifting paddles, AMG exterior and interior packages, auto-parking, 20-inch AMG wheels, air suspension, proximity key, privacy glass, power closing doors and a sports exhaust system.

The CLS 450 4Matic is all-wheel drive and has a 270kW/500Nm 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder engine with a twin-scroll turbo and like the Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 above it has an integrated electric motor called an 'EQ Boost'. While it’s a hybrid system of sorts the electric motor in the CLS450 doesn’t drive the wheels, instead it recuperates kinetic energy and charges the battery.

The official fuel figure is 8.7L/100km after a combination of urban and open roads.

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.

EXPERT RATING
8
Richard Berry
Senior Journalist

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