Road Test Review: Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG Line

Independent review by Enda Mullen

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Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG Line Front Driving

Road Test: Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG Line

Explore the key features of the Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG Line in our expert road test review

New Mercedes-Benz CLS


The Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG Line has a sporty and luxurious feel, performing immensely well in a variety of driving modes.


  • Top-level technology
  • Luxurious feel
  • High performing
  • Enjoyable driving experience
New Mercedes-Benz CLS


It is always quite exciting when a new classification of car comes along, and the arrival of the original Mercedes-Benz CLS back in 2005 was certainly a case in point.

The CLS proved that four doors and a fair measure of practicality could be combined with sporty coupé styling that was to die for.

The current model is in fact the third incarnation of this winning formula from Mercedes-Benz, and there is no reason to imagine its popularity waning.

Design and Practicality

The Mercedes-Benz CLS looks sultry and stylish and really offers the ultimate experience for someone who needs a versatile saloon car but wishes they were buying a sports car.

Added to that, the level of opulence seems to have been turned up a notch or two for the CLS. While you might imagine its sleek profile is its main USP, the chances are you will feel the interior also gives it a run for its money.

Luxury levels are high throughout, with one of the defining features being the grey open-pore ash wood trim, which gives it a super classy feel.

In terms of practicality, the CLS certainly measures up and is capable of being a very usable everyday family car if that is what you require it for.

Engine and Performance

The Eco and Comfort settings that are available are perfect for suburban toing and froing or motorway cruising, but if you want to have fun, you can engage the Sport or Sport+ modes.

The car feels different in an instant – even the engine note changes from a purr to more of a growl.

As you would expect, the Sport mode makes for a more fun driving experience and Sport+ offers a positively thrilling one.
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Add in the 4MATIC four-wheel drive and the level of grip it offers, and you are in for an experience you will thoroughly enjoy.

The 3.0-litre diesel is a smooth and capable performer too, and wonderfully refined.

Familiar Mercedes glide-like ride quality is also a prominent feature, though the aforementioned driving modes vary how it feels accordingly.

Equipment and Technology

Looks apart, there is quite a bit that is different when comparing the latest CLS to its predecessors, the biggest being the huge amount of technology.

The tech includes two 12.3-inch display screens, one of which features all the infotainment settings.

The second, behind the steering wheel, relates to the car’s vital functions and has a selection of settings – Classic, Sport, or Progressive.

Other features on this car included remote parking assist and wireless phone charging.


All in all, the CLS is as good as ever, with the latest tech ensuring it is as up-to-the-minute as any car can be.

The Mercedes-Benz CLS AMG Line will attract admiring glances a plenty when you are out on the road thanks to its dynamic and attractive styling, coupled with plenty of features and typical Mercedes feel.