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2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Review
Mercedes-Benz offers some of the world’s best luxury coupes.
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The 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is a line of coupes inspired 220SE and 280SE coupes of the 1960s. These cars are loaded with luxury, technology, performance, and standard features. It features three models: CL500, CL55 AMG, and CL600. The numbers represent the engine displacements of their respective powertrains. The CL500 is powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 engine, CL55 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8 engine, and the CL600 is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12 engine. The CL500 made its debut in 2000, and the CL55 AMG and CL600 was introduced in 2001. This generation is lighter in curb weight and has better suspension systems to improve sporting capabilities over the previous generation.
Engines: 5.0-liter V-8, 5.5-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz CL500, Mercedes-Benz CL600, Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG
Mercedes-Benz added some new high-technology features to the CL-Class in 2002. These coupes received a memory setting feature for three drivers. This feature will remember seat and steering wheel positions for each driver. The company also enhanced the TeleAid system to include the ability to make travel reservations and purchase tickets to theater and sporting events from the comfort of the cockpit.
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is available in three trims: CL500, CL600, and CL55 AMG. The CL500 trim has 17-inch alloy wheels, rear defogger, power windows, remote keyless entry, power rear sunshade, variable intermittent rain-sensing windshield wipers, power door locks, xenon high-intensity discharge headlights with wipers, front fog lights, heated power mirrors, and remote trunk release. The CL55 AMG has 18-inch alloy wheels with performance tires.
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class was designed to pay homage to the coupes from the 1960s, and it is evident in the rakish grille and long, flat hood. This design gives it a 0.28 coefficient of drag, which allows these cars to look racy, be more aerodynamic, and use fuel more efficiently. These cars have graceful lines but have the stance of aggression and power contained. Its chassis is not just a two-door version of a sedan; it is uniquely styled with lightweight magnesium door frames that are mounted on hinges that slide the doors forward when consumers open them. This allows for easier entry and exit. The passenger-side power mirror reverse tilts so that consumers will have a view of the curb for easier parking.
Interior standard features for the 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL500 includes dual climate controls, leather upholstery, cruise control, manual rear-seat entry, leather/wood trim on tilt/telescoping steering wheel, speed-sensitive volume control, AM/FM CD-controller stereo with CD changer in the trunk, eight Bose speakers, trip computer, and temperature display. The driver and passenger ventilated bucket seats are 14-way power-adjustable with manually-adjustable height and lumbar support. The seats also have a memory feature that will remember seat, steering wheel, and mirror settings for three drivers.
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class also includes TeleAid assistance system and COMAND system that is voice-activated for audio, navigation, and phone connectivity. It also has an Internet-based ""Info Service"" feature that displays data that consumers can select on a small screen. The radar cruise control feature maintains and follows a set distance from the vehicle ahead of the driver. The dashboards are trimmed in leather. Leather and wood trim graces the steering wheel, center console, shift knob, and doors. The center console has a lot of controls that are complicated and will take drivers some time to learn. The seats are roomy and supportive, but even the multiple power and manual adjustment features does not create a completely comfortable seating experience. The rear seats are tiny and entry/exit to the rear is tight even with the power seats all the way forward.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL500 is powered by a 5.0-liter single overhead cam (SOHC) V-8 engine that makes 302 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque. The CL55 AMG is powered by a 5.5-liter SOHC V-8 engine that makes 355 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. The CL600 has a 6.0-liter SOHC V-12 with 362 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. All models have a five-speed automatic transmission with manual shift and rear-wheel drive. The engines powering the coupes are fast and smooth, each displaying good acceleration. The CL500 and the CL55 completed a zero-to-60-mph sprint in 6.4 and 5.7 seconds respectively. The V-12 engine automatically shuts down six cylinders to save gas when performance is not needed. The automatic transmission is a tiny bit slow when downshifting during passing. The suspension is firm, but it provides a smooth ride. The steering is good and handling is excellent. Good insulation in the cabin effectively protects against road, wind, and tire noise.
Standard features for the 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class include dusk-sensing headlights, front fog lights, traction/stability controls, front and rear torso side airbags, curtain side airbags, child seat anchors, anti-theft alarm system, braking assist, electronic Brake force distribution, engine immobilizer, and front and rear ventilated disc brakes. The Active Body Control prevents excessive body leaning when cornering.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz CL55 AMG: 14/20 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CL600: 13/21 mpg city/highway
- Good build quality
- Mercedes-Benz name recognition and superior customer service
- Good acceleration
- Refined interior
- High-tech features
You Won't Like
- Poor rear seat room
- Poor rear seating area entry/exit
- Poor fuel economy
- Complicated navigation, audio, and climate controls
Mercedes-Benz offers some of the world’s best luxury coupes.
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