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2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

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2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review

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To most consumers, touting its four-door masterpiece as a "coupe" makes little sense, but one cannot argue with the sheer beauty that is the 2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS. With its stunningly sleek profile and lavish four-passenger interior, the CLS is clearly not your run-of-the-mill luxury sedan; it's a car equally adept at satisfying both the driver's senses and ego. The CLS' head-turning good looks are backed by two engine choices, including a supercharged AMG creation capable of generating an eye-popping 507 horsepower. For the well-to-do who seek a vehicle as dynamic as it is expensive, the Mercedes-Benz CLS ranks among a select few that can truly be called "exclusive."

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a fan of the brand but find the three-pointed emblem has become somewhat commonplace in your neighborhood, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS will let you drive a mostly practical Mercedes-Benz sedan while still making a fashion statement.

You May Not Like This Car If...

Compared with its close sibling the E550, the CLS-Class' significant price premium doesn't buy much more than unique styling and greatly reduced rear-seat accommodations.

What's New for 2010

Minor changes include the addition of a leather and wood steering wheel, and a tire-pressure warning system that individually monitors all four tires.

Driving the CLS-Class
Driving Impressions

Whether it's the car's lower stance, smaller windows or more defined cockpit, the 2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS feels sportier than the E-Class on which it is based even before you start...

... the engine. Once called upon, the 5.5-liter V8 provides plenty of silky power throughout its range and the sophisticated seven-speed transmission is just as smooth. Not surprisingly, the CLS550 is both powerful and comfortable on the open highway. And, when a winding mountain road is part of the journey, the adjustable air suspension lets you dial in just enough stiffness to encourage a little coupe-like driving.

Adaptive Cruise Control
Mercedes' Distronic cruise control uses radar to maintain a driver-variable distance from the car ahead.

Keyless Go
Lets you open a locked door and start the car without ever having to remove the SmartKey from your pocket or purse.

2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Details
Interior

Only when you take your seat inside the CLS do you begin to get a handle on the car's character. Large expanses of unique matte burl walnut trim and impeccable dash stitching combine with sculpted perforated seats to convey a purpose that is at once both elegant and spirited. A long center console runs from front to back, dividing the cabin in two and giving both backseat passengers places to call their own, while four-zone climate control helps to ensure everyone remains comfortable.

Exterior

Nothing about the 2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS is as distinctive as its shape. The arcing roofline descends almost seamlessly into the C-pillar and, subsequently, the rear decklid, imparting the CLS with a unique fastback profile. To further rationalize the coupe allusions, the CLS also features the big-star grille that's normally reserved for the company's two-door vehicles. Sporty 18-inch wheels and a sharp character line help balance what might otherwise be a soft exterior, as do prominent dual exhaust outlets. Exterior details worth noting include a power open/close trunk, automatic dimming driver's-side mirror and an automatic lamp substitution system that compensates for the loss of an important light by illuminating an adjacent bulb.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

In addition to the 5.5-liter V8 and seven-speed automatic transmission, the CLS550 features an adjustable air suspension, 10-way adjustable seats, glass sunroof, four-zone climate control, LCD control center and Tele-Aid, along with power windows and all the other equipment you might expect of a sedan costing around $70,000. Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability protection, an advanced electro-hydraulic braking system and an array of airbags, including front, front-side, rear-side and side-curtain. The CLS63 AMG adds a potent supercharged engine, an AMG-engineered suspension and a number of exterior upgrades unique to the AMG brand.

Optional Equipment

Features not included in the base sticker price include active HID headlamps, adaptive radar cruise control, front/rear park assist, heated and ventilated front seats, air support front seats, harman/kardon digital surround-sound system, six-disc CD changer, hands-free voice control system, Keyless Go unlock and start and a rear-window sunshade. A Performance Package can be added to the AMG model, bringing with it a limited-slip differential, AMG Compound Braking System, a 186 mile-per-hour speed limiter, AMG track calibrated air suspension, and an AMG styled steering wheel and alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

While most people will be more than happy with the 5.5-liter V8's performance, those who must have the biggest and the best will no doubt steer straight to the supercharged 6.3-liter V8. Built by AMG, the block is composed of a high-strength silicon-aluminum composite material. The engine features dual overhead camshafts with variable valve timing, low-friction cylinder walls, bucket tappets (as opposed to rocker arms) and an impressive 11:1 compression ratio. Fast, smooth and efficient, it just doesn't get much better than this.

5.5-liter V8
382 horsepower @ 6000 rpm
391 lb.-ft. of torque @ 2800-4800 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/21

6.3-liter V8 Supercharged
507 horsepower @ 6800 rpm
465 lb.-ft. of torque @ 5200 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 12/18

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2010 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
9.1
Out of 10

Based on 130 Ratings for the 2006 - 2011 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    9.3/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.5/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.6/10

My 2008 550CLS

By on Friday, May 13, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to Drive. Classy yet solid. Good price"

Cons: "Zero cons!"

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

"I absolutely LOVE this car. Sole driver. Rarely even allow "valet" to touch it. Purchased from single owner with merely 7,000 miles. Drives like a dream. Beautiful design. Exquisite Diamond White with Ash Grey interior. Stunning car. No smoking or food allowed ever in this car. I want to buy the new 2017 model. Same color interior as this is a very elegant color."

Most Beautifully Designed Sedan Ever

By on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 87,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun To Drive"

Cons: "Has everything you need. It's really a chick car"

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

"I LOVE LOVE LOVE my 550CLS - It's Diamond White with light grey interior - Fabulous. Much more beautiful design than the new CLS550s. If the new 550CLS had similar lines, I'd buy another one. But instead will wait to see if they bring back the Sexy Look instead of the Bulky Look - bull nose design. Ideally suited for a female -- too sweet for a man unless he's little."

3 people out of 7 found this review helpful

First 4 door coupe that still defines 4 dr coupe!

By on Sunday, October 11, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 72,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "excellent style and drivability"

Cons: "Originally very expensive auto but worth the cost1"

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

"This car was an 'eye catcher' when it first appeared for sale in the USA in 2006. It became the first of the so called 4 door coupes (which became a much copied design and style). The car had the AMG package but was equipped with the 500 engine. To this day, the style and design still brings comments and garners many admirers. It had all the major options including adaptive cruise control and with the exception with a emission control element has been 'trouble free'."

7 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Finest Car I've Ever Owned

By on Monday, September 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 51,000

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
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Performance, styling, handling"

Cons: "Noisy blower fan"

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

"This is a classic from the front end to the rear. From a visual perspective it set the standard on design for many others who followed. The interior is small but roomy. Where the car shines is on performance...top end exceeds 160 and yet it corners like a racer and provides 27 MPG at 75 purring along at 1800 RPM. My car has never been driven in the snow, only been in the rain three times and has never been through a car wash. It is in a heated garage and gets detailed every 120 days,"

5 people out of 9 found this review helpful

Good looking, great running car

By on Tuesday, August 4, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 79,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
7/10

Pros: "Fun car to drive with sport package"

Cons: "Two small dings in rear panel."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Silver exterior, walnut trim inside, sport package, fancy wheels, interior like new, outside finish like new."

6 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Beautiful Sporty Luxury

By on Friday, April 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 68,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

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

Pros: "Expensive but worth it."

Cons: "Gas mileage, it gets up and goes fast"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Have owned this car two years and its the best car I've owned yet, previously owned BMW, Acura. The interior is gorgeous and comfortable. Taller people do need to watch when they get in the back, because of the shape of the car. Seems solid but acts like a sports car when you put it in either sports mode. I have had more compliments on the design/looks of this car than any other. Its a great car to take on long road trips and short town jaunts."

10 people out of 14 found this review helpful

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