This is a post that I have been saving up, and looking forward to doing since I started the blog. A battle is about to commence between the new Mercedes Benz CLS-Class and it’s father… the Mercedes Benz CLS-Class.
This car was a hit with those having a mid-life crisis since the day it was first announced. On the outside, the old model was utterly beautiful in every way and suited any man having said mid-life crisis, as it shielded him from society with its tinted windows. Its curvaceous looks turned heads, and its affordable price tag made it realistically desirable to many people. This elegance and sophistication hasn’t been lost in the new model, but the curves have. The front of the new car snarls, in comparison to the old car which purred softly, its exterior features are sharp and extrusive, and it looks as though it’s about to pick a fight with your smily people carrier. This new car, is a whole new animal.
I recently sat in the new CLS, and was pleased to find that they’ve kept the frameless doors. For those not in the know, that basically means that the glass is completely detached when the windows are closed, resulting in the frameless look when the door is opened. And, that look is very cool. It’s when you step inside the new CLS, that things start to change for the better.
The old CLS had, in my eyes, a rather dysfunctional interior. For a starter, I don’t like the massive skirting board embedded into the dashboard. And, the satellite navigation is in the completely wrong place. The new interior is fresh, spacious and airy and although the skirting board is the same size as in the old car, it has been properly integrated and looks modern. The old steering wheel also looked woeful. I do however still have a bone to pick with both the old and new cars. First of all, you have to pay £1200 for the privilege of having ‘Sat Nav’ in your car in the form of the Mercedes COMAND system, something I feel should come as standard in a car costing you at least £46,000 (however you should still purchase it as it’s ruddy brilliant.) Secondly, it’s still a damned 4-seater coupe, which doesn’t add up for the average family in the UK with 2.1 children. So, that 10% of your third child is going to have to fit into the somewhat spacious trunk.
Let’s now take a look at some specifications for the old and new CLS cars. These figures come from the base models of both cars:
Price: £46,255 £46,355
Engine Size: 3.0l V6 2.0l
Power/Torque: 221bhp/398lb ft 204bhp/368lb ft
Top Speed: 153mph 150mph
Acceleration from 0-62mph: 7.0sec 7.2sec
CO2 Emissions: 200g/km 135g/km
Fuel Economy: 37.2mpg 54.3mpg
VED Band: J (£245) E (£115)
It’s quite clear that although the old car had larger figures with regards to speed, the new version is much more financially viable. I’m amazed that Mercedes have managed to get nearly as much power out of the new 2.0l Diesel engine. This exhibits the advancements made by Mercedes in the past years. The fact that the new car only costs £115 to tax astounds me and Mercedes put a lot of their economical achievements down to the aerodynamic and slippery body of the new car, hence the strange lines and shapes. I still say, it looks a bit weird. But, they seem to have improved on what I once thought was perfection.
Old car: 8 out of 10. New car: 9 out of 10.