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2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Review
Simple coupe, complicated controls.
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The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class was a refresh model that gained a lot of new features and styling. The exterior receives a few special touches, and the interior gains a set of new features. This is the first Mercedes-Benz model that boasts Active Body Control, an active suspension that is controlled inside the vehicle, allowing drivers to adjust the suspension according to road conditions. The Mercedes-Benz CL-Class also receives the lauded/hated Cockpit Management and Data (COMAND) interface that controls several features inside the cockpit.
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz CL50
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class loses 500 pounds of curb weight, receives an exterior refresh, and gains a whole slew of new interior features.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is a two-door coupe. The 2000 model received several new exterior changes include better flow lines, rounder fenders, four oval headlamps, a smaller grille, and a wraparound window. The CL500 has trimmed down as well, losing 500 pounds of curb weight. Standard exterior features include power heated mirrors, 17-inch alloy wheels, xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps, headlight cleaners, and intermittent windshield wipers.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is a coupe, so it doesn’t have the same capacity as the others in the lineup. The CL500 seats four very comfortably, and there is plenty of room in the two bucket seats for adult passengers. Rear legroom is 30.8 inches, quite generous considering the driver’s legroom is 36.8 inches.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class receives several improvements to the interior, the biggest being the integration of the COMAND interface, which controls all the navigation, trip computer, and audio. It has a few glitches and is incredibly complex to use. It is best to give yourself an hour in the driveway to get comfortable with it before trying to use it on the fly.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL500 is all about luxury and has a laundry list of features to prove it. Standard features include bucket seats, front console, CD player, universal garage door opener, keyless entry system, lighted entry system, power moonroof, tinted glass, tachometer, trip computer, leather seating, COMAND interface, steering wheel controls, cruise control, power steering, remote trunk release, leather shifting knob, leather wrapped steering wheel, air-conditioning, power windows, power door locks, rain-sensing windshield wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirrors, Bose audio, and a navigation system. Optional features include dual multi-contour seating, ventilated front seats, front and rear sensors, and a power rear sunshade.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class comes equipped with a five-liter SOHC 24-valve V-8 engine that produces 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed automatic transmission. The torque band is exceptionally wide. Best of all, the automatic transmission comes with TouchShift, a manual mode that allows drivers to shift the gears as needed.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class improves everything, right down to the suspension. Weight loss means that the engine doesn’t have to work so head, giving it an added boost in power. Another impressive feature is the Active Body Control (ABC) system. A hydraulic servo is mounted at the top of the suspension springs, which absorbs hard poundings from the road, controlling body roll. When driving at top speed, it keeps level when burning through corners, giving you the feel of total control.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, front and rear head airbags, front and rear side airbags, headlight cleaners, stability control, traction control, and xenon high-intensity discharge headlights. It was not tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS for crash test reliability.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Great suspension system
- Nice classic styling
- Luxury features
You Won't Like
- Complex navigation and audio system
- Cramped back seats
Simple coupe, complicated controls.
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