Mercedes CLS - cool and practical

The CLS has always been a little unique in the Mercedes range, in terms of design it stands out from the rest of the range with it’s unusual shape and four seat layout.

The CLS has always been a little unique in the Mercedes range, in terms of design it stands out from the rest of the range with it’s unusual shape and four seat layout.

It’s a luxury car that manages to be cool looking while remaining practical.

Even the first generation which wasn’t the best looking version has become a very desirable used car.

Now there’s an estate version which Mercedes call “Shooting Brake” which is a very old term for a car that would take the landed gentry with their shotguns on expedition to go hunting.

Of course that term isn’t used anymore, now it’s about a style of car.

The CLS is a very useful estate, there’s a huge boot with lots of nets and cubby holes for all sorts of shopping and not one place to put a dead animal.

Mercedes have done a lot of work on the electronics of the car,.

I hooked up my bluetooth phone in seconds with just a couple of clicks and I was ready.

Even the radio was easy to use with one big button for volume that’s right in the middle of the dash where it should be.

Electric seats and an electric tailgate that not only opens remotely but closes from the drivers seat; you wouldn’t want to get your hands dirty closing the boot now would you?

Nothing is ever the same as other cars though, Mercedes tend to do control layouts in their own way.

On the left of the steering wheel there’s one stalk that does the wipers front and rear, indicators and washers that takes a bit of getting used to.

There’s also the parking sensors that are a series of lights, the more lights that are on the closer you are to an object, the beeping nose doesn’t happen until you are too close to something.

I would prefer the noise to be on all the time, it’s reassuring.

Driving the CLS is a joy, it’s ultra quiet at cruise and totally refined no matter what the road surface is like.

The 6 speed auto box does a good job at hiding the gear change no matter the conditions.

The engine is so quiet it’s hard to tell what the revs are when you’re using the flappy paddles.

However, the car won’t let you too far into the red line, it’ll just change gears.

There is a sort of laziness to the gear shift when you’re in a hurry though.

Pulling away from traffic lights or jumping into a roundabout makes for a little lag in the shift which might make you miss your chance.

This car would suit the long distance driver.

It suits someone who needs a lot of room in the boot and maybe wants to carry the family on a long drive because it’s so comfortable and has that lazy luxury feeling.

Driving the CLS is a joy, it’s ultra quiet at cruise and totally refined no matter what the road surface is like.

The 6 speed auto box does a good job at hiding the gear change no matter the conditions.

Of course if you are in the market for something that’s very different on the roads of Ireland you should drop into the experts.

Sheehy Motors Naas 045 906666 are Kildare’s premier Mercedes dealer and you’ll be able to see what the CLS Shooting Brake has to offer.