The new Mercedes CLS might be a luxurious cruiser for the well-heeled, but it proved a safety hit when put through our rigorous lab tests.
The car, which is priced from £46,360, is very stylish and has a good range of powerful engines, but we were particularly impressed with how the CLS performed in our safety tests.
It’s not yet been crash tested by Euro NCAP, but we’d expect a five-star result. The similar Mercedes E-class earned the top star rating when tested last year.
Take a look at the cars the Mercedes CLS will compete with in our Luxury car reviews
Strong on safety
The CLS performed well in our obstacle avoidance tests, and was very capable when cornering at high speeds – which means it’d be good in an emergency.
It’s also stocked with an impressive array of safety kit, such as automatic cruise control that keeps you a set distance from the vehicle in front, and automatic braking.
The Pre-Safe braking system, which stops the car if an imminent collision is detected, proved one of the top scorers in our recent test of similar technologies used by Volvo, Mercedes, Audi, VW, BMW and Infiniti.
A hit with owners
The original CLS was a true trendsetter – the first desirable four-door coupe, and sales reflected this. Only time will tell how dependable the new model will be, but if it emulates its predecessor the outlook is good. The old model scored an impressive 94% satisfaction rating with owners in our latest Which? Car survey.
On the negative side, the CLS isn’t very practical – there are only two rear seats (the centre section is used for storage) and whichever version you pick, it’s an expensive car to buy.
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