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2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.6

Powerful in presence, luxurious in craftsmanship and armed with some of Mercedes-Benz's most potent engine options, the 2014 CL-Class puts the "grand" in grand touring coupes. Think of these big 4-seat coupes as the thinking and (very well-to-do) working man’s high-end transportation. From the base CL550 Coupe to the 621-horsepower biturbo V12-equipped CL65 AMG, the CL-Class coupes still offer a fine mix of performance and livability even in what is the final year of their current generation. The CL-Class distinguishes itself from rivals such as the BMW 6 Series with understated design and prodigious amounts of prestige. Price tags starting well into the $100,000 range and eclipsing $200,000 for the top-line AMG model automatically disqualify some buyers, while significant depreciation may deter others.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you’ve got it, don’t need to flaunt it, but occasionally like to take it for a run, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class coupes give you all that you can handle plus a beautiful place to be meanwhile.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Those who dine at slightly less-expensive steakhouses might look to the BMW 6 Series coupe, whose starting price undercuts that of the CL-Class by some $40,000 and has far better resale value. If you dread setting up your latest electronic device, the COMAND system and its 700-plus page manual might send a chill down your spine.

What's New for 2014

This is the final year for the current CL-Class, with its successor slated to launch in fall of 2014 and likely to bring many of the innovations seen in the all-new S-Class. The only change for this model is that the Premium Package, which includes massaging seats and night-vision assistance, is now standard across the line.

Driving the CL-Class
Driving Impressions

Through the use of its COMAND system, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class can be tailored to a driver's preferences, from seating position and climate control to audio and communications settings. This...

... high degree of customization lays the groundwork for a similarly adaptable driving experience. Even the “base” CL550, with its 429-horsepower V8 and Airmatic suspension, provides a dynamic, responsive and controlled drive. But the higher-power engines and Active Body Control suspension on the other CL models feel almost magical, with great thrust, control and comfort. Whether you want a comfortable cruiser or a surprisingly nimble sports car, the CL63 AMG, CL600 and top-dog CL65 are happy to oblige. If you regularly drive on slick roads, you may be most attracted to the CL550, as it is the only variant equipped with Mercedes' traction-enhancing 4Matic all-wheel-drive system instead of rear-drive. The automatic transmission (7-speed for the V8s, 5-speed for V12s) is seamless and precise.

COMAND
Yes, it’s a bear to set up. Once it is, though, the COMAND system provides for a level of vehicle personalization and control that is as elegant as it is useful.

MASSAGING FRONT SEATS
Ever wish you could bring a masseuse along to ease that commute? The 2014 CL-Class comes with two of them, and they're called the front seats. Now standard across the line, both driver and passenger can be treated to a massage at any time in Mercedes' ultra-luxury coupe.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Details
Interior

The 2014 CL-Class rewards both driver and passengers with a lavish, well-crafted interior. The CL's cabin design is not extravagant, but its lines are sweeping and clean. Wood and leather abound, and the center console between driver and passenger is wide to give a sense of space and comfort. The 8-inch high-resolution display is well-integrated and takes nothing away from the CL's stately and traditional elegance. At 32.2 inches, rear-seat legroom is only average but the seats are so well-contoured that complaints should be few.

Exterior

At around 16-and-a-half feet in length, the CL-Class is several inches beyond that of a BMW 6 Series coupe and Mercedes-Benz's coupe-shaped 4-door CLS models. Despite its sizable dimensions, the CL is nicely proportioned. Upward-sweeping side creases and large rear fender flares flex some muscle, while a gently sloping roof and Mercedes' large three-pointed star emblem in front add grace. One of the CL's most eye-catching aesthetics is its pillarless-coupe greenhouse. With all four windows down, the CL-Class affords a gorgeous crescent-shaped view inward and outward. Performance-oriented AMG versions feature a wider-slotted grille and jowly air intakes up front.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

With a starting price of over $115,000, it should be no surprise that Mercedes-Benz's largest coupe is also big on amenities. Buy a base CL550 Coupe and you'll get a leather-and wood-filled interior (including wood/leather steering wheel), the COMAND system with navigation, Bluetooth, voice control and 8-inch display, 14-way heated and ventilated front seats, power-operated trunk, sunroof and rear sunshade. There's little "standard" about the audio system, which is a 15-speaker, 600-watt harman/kardon delight with 6-disc CD/DVD changer. Other CL models add Mercedes’ Active Body Control suspension, and AMG models have sport seats and AMG-specific instrument clusters. Safety features include nine airbags and the Attention Assist drowsiness detector.

Optional Equipment

Extras available to make the 2014 CL-Class even sportier, safer and more luxurious include the Driver Assistance Package with blind-spot monitoring and Active Lane Keeping Assist that can automatically guide the car back into a lane, a heated steering wheel, and sport packages with 19- and 20-inch performance tires and unique body styling. One particularly interesting option is the SplitView dual-content screen, which allows the driver and passenger to view different images on the same 8-inch screen, such as navigation for the driver and a DVD movie for the passenger (who can listen with wireless headphones).

Under the Hood

The CL-Class engines are all happy monsters that feature two turbochargers. The CL550 Coupe packs a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 good for 429 horsepower with a 0-60-mph time of less than 5.0 seconds. The CL600 Coupe gets a twin-turbo V12 rated at 510 horsepower. The CL63 AMG has a 536-horsepower biturbo V8, and the CL65 AMG a biturbo V12 with 621 horsepower and a gargantuan 738 lb-ft of torque. An AMG Performance Package for the CL63 boosts horsepower (to 563), torque and top speed. The V8s use 7-speed automatics; the V12s get 5-speeds. The CL550 comes standard with 4Matic all-wheel drive, while the other models are rear-drive only. The V8 models are rated at a combined 18 mpg and the V12s return 14 mpg. All require premium-grade gasoline.

4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V8
429 horsepower @ 5,250 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/24 mpg

5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V12
510 horsepower @ 5,000 rpm
612 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18 mpg

5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8
536 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
590 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/22 mpg

6.0-liter twin-turbocharged V12
621 horsepower @ 4,800-5,750 rpm
738 lb-ft of torque @ 2,000-4,300 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18 mpg

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2014 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.3
Out of 10

Based on 31 Ratings for the 2007 - 2014 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.1/10
    Quality
    9.6/10
  • Reliability
    9.5/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.6/10
    Styling
    9.5/10

Great comfort and sport. People go out of the way

By on Tuesday, September 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 48,500

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, style and engine"

Cons: "Tends to bottom out on new tires, gear shifter"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

I drive M5 BMW

"To remark about the car and give thumbs up. Teenagers will clap and smile when they hear it crank up. All in shock to learn that it is a 2008 with the technology in the car. Wife's car, i sit in, turn on heat or ac seats, massage and go to sleep. People are line up to buy if i sell."

10 people out of 21 found this review helpful

I drive M5 BMW

Great car - none better!

By on Thursday, March 5, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 50,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Comfort, driving fun, reliability - a head turner"

Cons: "Owners manual"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I've owned this car for over 2 years. This my 3rd CL (2 CLS previously) and it is by far the best yet. I have thought about other similar vehicles in it's class, but once I try them, I come back to this. So I've decided to stop trying and in my opinion, enjoy the best.(Maybe that is why I have owned 3)."

14 people out of 22 found this review helpful

Awesome car. Incredible luxury and power.

By on Wednesday, February 18, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 34,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is a great car...too many features to name. Honestly, I don't want to drive anything else..except the AMG version...lol."

9 people out of 15 found this review helpful

A Truely Beautiful Coupe

By on Monday, October 13, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 42,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Exclusivity, Luxury, Large Coupe"

Cons: "cost to maintain"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I love my Mercedes for many reasons, but it didn't start out that way. I bought my 2008 CL550 almost 5 years ago now. I bought her used with 18K miles. Good thing, I purchased it CPO then as the 1st year I owned my car, was pure Frustration. I had this car @ the dealer almost every other month fixing all the problems. I practically had most the car replaced (even the drvier's seat)-believe it or not! However, once I got most of the gremlins out, It has been a JOY to drive and keep. I am 6'2 tall, and it fits me perfectly. I can't tell you how hard it is to find a car that I can feel comfortable in, legroom and all. There is the high quality materials and mood lightening around the interior which I like. I have the Designo Graphite Package with Natural Oak Wood Trim and Corteccia. Its so exclusive that I think they told me there are only 1 other car like mine in the whole USA! The Natural Oak wood & Corteccia in contrast to the leather seats is eye catching for sure. I also have the 20" AMG wheels on my CL550. There have few times I been stopped on the street and complimented for my car's beauty. (One guy even wanted to buy it on the spot!) There are not many other cars I would trade it in for at this point. I just love the luxury and comfort of this car."

22 people out of 41 found this review helpful

The ultimate coupe

By on Monday, September 1, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 41,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything, exclusivity, performance"

Cons: "heavy"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great car, quiet, powerful, 20+MPG Lots of looks, valets at upper class hotels know what it is Most people don't, they just say that is a good looking car. I debadged mine so not to attract attention. The only draw back is, it is so perfect a driving car there is no excitment, everything just works."

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Finest CL ever made

By on Saturday, July 5, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 20,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
Not Rated
Reliability
Not Rated
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything"

Cons: "NONE"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Nothing wrong, first MBZ that didn't need anything. Everything works, fit and finish is amazing. Does everything, powerful, beautiful and reeks of money and class"

18 people out of 27 found this review helpful

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