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  • Sam 300TD

    The article mentioned how more safety features on cars would help reduce the road toll. I disagree with the amount it would reduce it by. Hundreds per year? I think not.
    IMHO whist we have roads where alternating flows of traffic are separated by only a painted line down the middle(esp in 100 zones), people will continue to die in large numbers each year.
    No safety feature can save you from a sleeping driver coming the other way, or a kangaroo, burst tyre or some other unexpected event that causes a car (or truck) to leave the lane it should be in. Its true that some cars are safer than others of course but the roads are dangerous by design and no car is guaranteed to keep you safe all the time.

    • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

      If it saves one extra life a year then applaud the technology.

      • Sam 300TD

        OK I take your point, of course that wasn’t ever in question.
        Do you not think roads are dangerous by design?

      • Sumodog

        Mate – 0.0 alcohol reading for any driver would save even more – but dont see you suggesting that.

    • Yeti Man

      What about a Road Worthy Test every 4 years for all cars? a few more.

      • http://www.facebook.com/millionsofmyles Myles Harris

        What about every year?

  • Martin

    Gorgeous car, ill-designed tail lights. Would have looked better if they were completely clear as opposed to the red in the cluster (think Lexus RX clear). Shame about the price, if it sold for what the yanks are going to pay I would order one.

    • Adonis

      Agreed. Interior looks sublime. Much better than most offerings on the market at any level. If pricing was as sharp as the US.

      I have a question – did you not find anything that you disliked about the car at all despite an otherwise glowing review? It seems to be a continuing theme with Car Advice that no negative comments are given to any car reviewed.

      • http://www.caradvice.com.au Anthony Crawford

        OK so I guess you missed the part where I prefer the comfort of the CLS CDI 350 to the AMG car, which even on the comfort setting is overly firm for the daily commute.What about the “love it, or hate it” looks? Other than those two observations, what’s not to like?

        • Sumodog

          Price ? Price?
          Fuel consuption for AMG 10 l / 100 ? Haha , tell us what did you really get ?

        • Adonis

          I wouldn’t know Anthony as I haven’t driven one. But given the opportunity I would gladly jump at it.

          I think most readers would expect the AMG to ride firmer than the equivalent 350 being the sports models, however direct comparisons to equivalents in it’s class (e.g. E class, 5 series, A6, Jaguar) would be good on specifics such as ride comfort and may add to the depth of the article – however I notice that you don’t use this editorial style in caradvice often.

          I guess when I read it on a cold read that there were no real negatives apparent to me (e.g. slight under steer etc) which are apparent. I guess I would expect some trade off’s in the package (i.e. strait line speed v interior noise v fuel consumption) but if Mercedes have presented such a comprehensive package then kudos to them. If I was in the market of purchasing said car I would want to gather as much information about it as I possibly could and am looking for the most honest opinions I can find.

          Kind regards,
          Anthony

  • MrGTI

    Do we really need headlights that are as bright as daylight? Seems we’ll soon be there.

    I agree on the safety features though, anything that can rule out human error. Seems we’re also getting closer to a car that you switch on, punch the destination into the sat-nav, sit back and relax as it takes you there.

  • frank

    awesome car inside & out..the leather & metal interior is superb & it all looks even better in the flesh.

  • Paul

    Why do mercedes persist with a stupid foot operated parking brake at this price point when other european manufacturers have cars with electronic parking brake at 1/4 of the price.

  • pja

    Note for Anthony, daylight (sunlight specifically) is 5200K not 6500K. Cloudy daylight is 7000K.

  • NEGka

    This car is very homo

    • Mike

      Sounds like you cant afford one!

  • http://www.aretedi.com/ Erica | Los Angeles Graphics

    talking about elegance for this car! Both interior and exterior is awesome. Also love the thought that it prioritize safety.

  • David

    Hi, Anthony Crawford, you talk about how good the handling is on this car and particularly the AMG variant. But I was just wondering is this a better handling car then say a HSV gts and if so by how much?

    Thank you and keep up the great articles!

  • http://www.vringer.com Geyser

    This car is dead set ugly. It is a mish mash of humps, bumps, arches, spears. ellipsoids, trapezoids, curves, planes, rebates, and many other terms I learnt in technical drawing…… the Hayundai i45 is comparitivley a better job than this, (I’m talking styling, not mechanical or performance or safety systems OK). This Merc looks like it morphed out of a Chevy Camaro!

    • Igor

      You learned technical drawing? Well, we should all shut up then & believe what you say. I think it looks really nice, but how could I be so wrong. Thanks so much for enlightening us with your expertise, perhaps you should offer your exceptional skills to MB.

      • http://www.vringer.com Geyser

        Argh. Wittingly attacked by Dr Frankensteins assistant.
        Arn’t you the one whe dug up the corpses ??????

  • M

    Wish I could afford one.

Mercedes-Benz CLS Specs

350 : 3.5L MULTI POINT F/INJ - 7 SP AUTOMATIC G-TRONIC - PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL - 4D COUPE
Car Details
Make
MERCEDES-BENZ
Model
CLS
Variant
350
Series
219 MY11
Year
2011
Body Type
4D COUPE
Seats
4
Engine Specifications
Engine Type
MULTI POINT F/INJ
Engine Size
3.5L
Cylinders
V6
Max. Torque
350Nm @  2400rpm
Max. Power
200kW @  6000rpm
Pwr:Wgt Ratio
115.6W/kg
Bore & Stroke
92.9x86mm
Compression Ratio
10.7
Valve Gear
VARIABLE DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAM
Drivetrain Specifications
Transmission
7 SP AUTOMATIC G-TRONIC
Drive Type
REAR WHEEL DRIVE
Final Drive Ratio
3.27
Fuel Specifications
Fuel Type
PREMIUM UNLEADED PETROL
Fuel Tank Capacity
90
Fuel Consumption (Combined)
11L / 100km
Weight & Measurement
Kerb Weight
1730
Gross Vehicle Weight
Not Provided
Height
1403mm
Length
4913mm
Width
1873mm
Ground Clearance
103mm
Towing Capacity
Brake:0  Unbrake:0
Steering & Suspension
Steering Type
RACK & PINION - POWER ASSISTED
Turning Circle
11.2
Front Rim Size
8.5x18
Rear Rim Size
8.5x18
Front Tyres
245/40 R18
Rear Tyres
245/40 R18
Wheel Base
2854
Front Track
1593
Rear Track
1603
Front Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Rear Brakes
DISC - VENTILATED
Standard Features
Comfort
Auto Climate Control with Dual Temp Zones, Power front seats with memory
Control & Handling
18 Inch Alloy Wheels, Electronic Stability Program, Hill Holder
Driver
Cruise Control, Leather Steering Wheel, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Parking Distance Control, Power Steering
Entertainment
CD with 6 CD Stacker
Exterior
Fog Lights - Front, Metallic Paint
Interior
Leather Upholstery
Safety
Dual Airbag Package, Anti-lock Braking, Head Airbags, PreSafe
Security
Central Locking Remote Control, Engine Immobiliser
Optional Features
Comfort
Comfort Seats Front, Heated Front Seats, Power Sunroof
Control & Handling
Air Suspension, 19 Inch Alloy Wheels
Driver
Cruise Control Intelligent/Active
Exterior
Body Kit
Security
Alarm System/Remote Anti Theft
Other
Service Interval
12 months /  25,000 kms
Warranty
36 months /  999,000 kms
VIN Plate Location
10-O-17
Country of Origin
GERMANY