2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 4Matic550 4Matic CLS550 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan
Certified
Stock No:2195
Odometer:52,000 km
Condition:Used
Exterior:Palladium Silver Metallic [Silver]
Interior:Black/Black w/Nappa Leather Upholstery [Black]
Transmission:Automatic
Engine:4.7 L V8
Cylinders:8
Doors:4
Seats:4
Fuel Type:Premium unleaded
Drive Type:All-wheel Drive
Fuel (L/100km):City 12.7Hwy 8.2
The brakes are simply unflappable, with short pedal travel and surprising fade resistance in hard street driving....
- Car and Driver
Comments
Assist Plus package , Dynamic Pluse and Multi Contour driver seat adjustments, heated power and Vented front seats, Key less Go, Navigation with Command, Rear view Camera, Blind spot assist, lane keep assist, power tailgate,Rear Heated seats, Rear Climate control, Rear Electric Shade, Balance of manufacturers warranty.
Installed Options
GroupDescription
Interior Trim MaterialBurl Walnut Wood Trim
Wheel TypeWheels: 19" AMG 5-Spoke
Paint TypePalladium Silver Metallic [Silver]
Interior Trim ColourBlack/Black w/Nappa Leather Upholstery [Black]
Seat TrimNappa Leather Upholstery
Cargo/Luggage EquipmentEASY-PACK Trunk Box
Option GroupAdvanced Driving Assistance Package
Option GroupPremium Package
Installed Features & Equipment
  • 4 wheel disc brakes
  • ABS brakes
  • Adaptive suspension
  • Anti-whiplash front head restraints
  • Auto tilt-away steering wheel
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Auto-levelling suspension
  • Automatic temperature control
  • Blind spot sensor
  • Brake assist
  • CD player
  • Childseat sensing airbag
  • Door auto-latch
  • Dual front impact airbags
  • Dual front side impact airbags
  • DVD-Audio
  • Emergency communication system
  • Four wheel independent suspension
  • Front anti-roll bar
  • Front dual zone A/C
  • Front reading lights
  • Fully automatic headlights
  • Genuine wood console insert
  • Genuine wood dashboard insert
  • Genuine wood door panel insert
  • Head restraints memory
  • Headlight cleaning
  • Heated door mirrors
  • Heated front seats
  • HVAC memory
  • Ignition disable
  • Illuminated entry
  • Internet access capable
  • Knee airbag
  • Leather upholstery
  • Low tire pressure warning
  • Manual-shift auto
  • Memory seat
  • Mode select transmission
  • MP3 decoder
  • Navigation service
  • Occupant sensing airbag
  • Outside temperature display
  • Overhead airbag
  • Overhead console
  • Passenger door bin
  • Passenger vanity mirror
  • Perimeter/approach lights
  • Power adjustable front head restraints
  • Power adjustable rear head restraints
  • Power passenger seat
  • Radio data system
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Rear air conditioning
  • Rear anti-roll bar
  • Rear dual zone A/C
  • Rear fog lights
  • Rear reading lights
  • Rear seat centre armrest
  • Rear side impact airbag
  • Rear window defroster
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Residual heat recirculation
  • Seatbelt memory
  • Security system
  • Speed control
  • Speed-sensing steering
  • Split folding rear seat
  • Sport steering wheel
  • Steering wheel memory
  • Steering wheel mounted audio controls
  • Tachometer
  • Telescoping steering wheel
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Traction control
  • Trip computer
  • Trunk/hatch auto-latch
  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Variable intake manifold
  • Variable valve control
  • Variably intermittent wipers
  • Weather band radio
  • Wireless phone connectivity
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The CLS features a trademark coupe-like silhouette that still manages to incorporate sedan-like four doors. The CLS550 and CLS550 4MATIC (all-wheel drive) are equipped with a 402-hp bi-turbo 4.6-liter V8 engine. The more aggressive CLS63 AMG has a 518-hp 5.5-liter bi-turbo V8 (550-hp with the AMG Performance Package). A seven-speed automatic transmission with sequential shift capability sends power to the rear wheels. All models are equipped with Mercedes-Benz's Pre-Safe system, which will automatically close the sunroof and move the front seats to the safest position if sensors automatically detect an impending collision. More traditional safety features such as side-curtain airbags and anti-lock brakes also come standard. As expected from Mercedes, luxury appointments abound. With features like power front seats, four-zone automatic climate control, six-disc satellite surround sound audio, and doors that shut themselves if you forget to, comfort and convenience are everywhere.

The CLS is a carryover for 2013.

The CLS550 and CLS63 AMG have distinctive body-lines that combine the sporty character of a coupe with the practicality of a sedan.

TagLine

Luxurious sedan with sleek coupe-like styling.

Introduction

Imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, but for automotive designers it can also be a huge pain in the gluteal region.When your design is so cool that it provokes copies far and wide, what do you do for an encore?

The Mercedes CLS-Class is an excellent case in point.Introduced as a 2006 model, it was not only a show-stopper, it became the prototype of a whole new vehicle class: the oxymoronic four-door coupe.The term has created some confusion, with a number of unlikely four-door vehicles calling themselves coupes, but it appears to have lodged itself permanently in the automotive lexicon.

Mercedes of course can use whatever term it likes, but to our eyes the CLS-Class is a sedan, with sleek lines that may seem coupe-like to some.And in its first extensive redesign, the smooth skin of the original has acquired more sculpting.The shape is familiar, there continue to be two models, CLS550 and CLS63 AMG, but the skin is a little edgier, and the look is a little more aggressive.

The CLS-Class was created on E-Class mid-size sedan architecture, and that continues into this second generation, although all its dimensions have expanded slightly.This doesn't affect passenger capacity.As with the original, there's a permanent console between the rear seats, so the CLS-Class continues to be a four-seater.

Introduced for 2012, this latest-generation CLS-Class uses turbocharged engines for increased power and improved fuel economy.The CLS550 comes with a 4.6-liter biturbo V8 rated at 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque.Fuel economy for the 2013 CLS550 is an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg City/Highway, while the CLS550 4MATIC is rated 16/25 mpg.

The CLS63 AMG version, from the Mercedes performance subsidiary in Afalterbach, Germany, is propelled by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 rated at 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque.With all that horsepower, the CLS63 AMG still gets an EPA-rated 16/25 mpg.

Both V8s are paired with 7-speed automatic transmissions, although the shift controls are different for each, as are internal gearing and final drive ratios.

We found these cars feel heavy, but the pneumatic suspension handles the weight well, snubbing up and down body motions and keeping the car level during hard cornering.Ride quality is autobahn firm and the CLS550 inspires confidence in high speed corners, yet the air suspension irons the edge off gnarly pavement.

The cabin is trimmed nicely, the sound system is orchestral, and it's quiet underway, save for the refined rumble of that twin-turbo V8, sotto voce, lowering the driver's inhibitions, tempting the driver's right foot.

The CLS-Class was completely redesigned for the 2012 model year.The 2013 CLS-Class comes with the second generation of Mercedes's mbrace connectivity feature called, appropriately enough, mbrace2.Among other functions, mbrace2 provides access to internet browsing, Google Search, Facebook, Yelp, and news programming via the new MB Apps feature.

Lineup

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offers two engines: The CLS550 ($72,000) comes with a 402-hp 4.6-liter biturbo V8; the CLS550 4MATIC ($74,500) comes with the same engine but all-wheel drive.The CLS63 AMG ($95,900) features a 518-hp 5.5-liter biturbo V8.All come with a 7-speed automatic.(Prices are MSRP and do not include $905 destination charge.)

CLS550 comes standard with dual-zone digital automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 14-way power front seats, three-position memory, multicolor ambient lighting, COMAND system with 7-inch LCD, AM/FM/DVD/CD6, SiriusXM radio, traffic and weather, HD radio receiver, 10GB Music Register, Bluetooth, 80GB hard drive navigation with Zagat survey, harman/kardon Logic7 digital surround sound,

Premium leather upholstery is optional.Also optional: active multi-contour driver seat, heated and active ventilated front seats, split-folding rear seats, Keyless-Go, electronic trunk closer, power rear-window sunshade, iPod/MP3 interface, active LED headlights, rearview camera.

Safety features standard on all CLS-Class: 12-way air bag protection, Neck-Pro active front head restraints, Attention Assist drowsiness monitor, Pre-Safe, Hill-Start Assist, Hold braking feature, tire pressure monitor, mbrace2, ABS, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, electronic stability control.Optional safety features include rearview camera, rear side-impact airbags, Distronic Plus adaptive cruise control, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Lane Keeping Assist, Night View Assist Plus with Pedestrian Detection, Parktronic with Parking Guidance, Active Curve Illumination, all-wheel drive.

Walkaround

Launched as a 2012 model, this latest-generation CLS-Class is bigger than the original.At 113.2, inches, the wheelbase has stretched by almost an inch, and overall length, 194.5 inches, has grown 1.5 inches.Wide to start with (73.7 inches), it's even wider now (74.1), and the roof, 55.8 inches at its height, adds 1.1 inches.Front and rear track has expanded correspondingly.

Those are all significant expansions, but the design team preserved the car's proportions, including the fast rear roofline that gives the CLS its coupe profile.Flared wheel arches and pronounced body side character creases give the second generation car a more muscular look, and LED headlamps light the way.

Mercedes calls the headlamps an industry first, by virtue of two features: Active Curve Illumination, which varies the beam to provide optimal lighting on twisty night roads, and Active High Beam Assist, which functions as its name suggests to help avoid blinding other drivers.

Interior

No Mercedes interior can be called Spartan, particularly at this price level, but this second generation CLS-Class represents an uptick on the elegance meter, with new materials, new trim, and the second generation of Mercedes mbrace connectivity feature called, appropriately enough, mbrace2.Among other functions, mbrace2 provides access to internet browsing, Google Search, Facebook, Yelp, and news programming via the new MB Apps feature.

Most visible among the updated interior elements is the cabin trim, which replaces the previous matte finish wood with a choice of three materials: traditional Mercedes high gloss wood, piano black, or carbon fiber.

Mercedes has gone to a column shifter, freeing space in the center console.However, the new setup offers only basic PRND gear selections, and paddle shifters are conspicuous by their absence.

One other interior note: although the steep slope of the rear roofline still means that front seat passengers have more air over their hairdos than those in back, there's a little more rear headroom than in the first generation.

Driving Impression

With its sleek skin, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class disguises its size, but this is a big car.And it's heavy.Although the 4MATIC all-wheel drive is one of the lightest in the business, curb weight of the CLS550 is north of two tons: 4265 pounds.

The pneumatic suspension handles the weight remarkably well, snubbing up and down body motions and keeping the car level during hard cornering.The electro-hydraulic power rack and pinion steering is accurate, and nicely weighted, though some may find the level of effort a smidge high.And there's no shortage of grip.Even though the standard tires are all-season (as distinct from summer performance), the CLS550 inspires confidence in high speed corners, and is devoid of surprises.

On the other hand, the CLS550 is no wraith, and in brisk driving on twisty back roads the driver is always conscious of the car's bulk.Quick changes in direction would be a lot quicker if it weighed about 500 pounds less.

It would be quicker going straight ahead, too, but even so the CLS550 more than holds its own.The twin-turbo 4.7-liter V8 generates big-time torque (443 pound-feet) and it peaks just off idle, 1800 rpm, and stays peaked all the way to 4750 rpm.Throttle response is right now, not even a hint of turbo lag, and all that thrust, plus all-wheel drive, add up to very brisk acceleration, just over four seconds to 60 mph, and a quarter-mile in about 12 seconds flat.

Mercedes lists top speed as 186 mph, whereupon a governor cuts in.We can neither confirm nor deny this claim, though based on our driving it seems wholly plausible.We can confirm, though, that at full throttle the V8 squashes occupants into their beautifully upholstered multi-adjustable seats with satisfying authority.

We should add at this point that if your need for speed exceeds the robust capabilities of the CLS550, another $21,400 will put you in a CLS63 AMG, which brings 518 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque to the party (550 hp, 590 lb-ft with the optional performance pack).

Whether the going is leisurely or in haste, the CLS is a very pleasant place to be as the miles accumulate.Ride quality is autobahn firm, but the air suspension irons the edge off gnarly pavement, the sound system is orchestral, and the cabin is otherwise quiet, save for the refined rumble of that twin-turbo V8, sotto voce, lowering the driver's inhibitions, tempting the driver's right foot.

And when a quick stop is required, the brake system is more than equal to the task, providing sports car braking power and stopping distances.

Fuel economy for the 2013 CLS550 is an EPA-estimated 17/25 mpg City/Highway, while the CLS550 4MATIC is rated 16/25 mpg.Impressively, the CLS63 AMG is rated 16/25 mpg.

Summary

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is no longer the only car calling itself a four-door coupe, and has inspired direct competition from Audi's A7.But the second generation continues to be a one of the slickest luxury four-doors going, as well as one of the most potent.Driven hard, the twin turbo V8 can be thirsty, but the CLS-Class escapes gas guzzler taxes, even in AMG tune.Whether you accept the four-door coupe business or not (as an aside, a wagon version has been added to the lineup in Europe; hard to think of THAT as a coupe), this is arguably the most stylish sedan in the Mercedes lineup, a powerful pleasure in everyday motoring, and still a head-turner wherever it goes.

Tony Swan filed this NewCarTestDrive.com report after his test drive of the CLS550 near Detroit.

Model Lineup

Mercedes-Benz CLS550 ($72,000), CLS550 4MATIC ($74,500); CLS63 AMG ($95,900).

Assembled In

Sindelfingen, Germany.

Options As Tested

Premium Package 1 ($4390) includes heated and ventilated seats; rearview camera; LED headlamps; adaptive high beam assist; KEYLESS-GO system; power trunk lid; power rear window sunshade; 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels ($500); split-folding rear seats ($440); rear spoiler ($400).

Model Tested

2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 4MATIC ($74,500).
Vehicle Location
Mississauga Auto Centre
1800 Lakeshore Road West
Mississauga, Ontario L5J-1J7
905-823-5535
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2013 Mercedes-Benz CLS 550 4Matic 550 4Matic, Mississauga, Ontario

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