The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class offers a lot of variety within its trim levels. Although the V-8 engines don't offer enough power to make this heavy vehicle truly impressive, the V-12 engines leave bystanders slack jawed. As you would expect from a luxury Mercedes-Benz, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class comes with plenty of safety, comfort, and entertainment features that make the high price well worth it... for those who can afford it.
Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 5.5-liter V-8, 5.5-liter V-12, 6.2-liter V-8, 6.0-liter V-12
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic, five-speed automatic
Models: CL550 4MATIC, CL600, CL63 AMG, CL65 AMG
Mercedes makes a few important changes to the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class. The gearshift buttons of all trim levels get replaced with gearshift paddles. There have also been several changes to the 2009 CL550. The 2009 model only comes with all-wheel drive. The 2009 edition comes standard with heated and ventilated front seats and a keyless ignition.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class doesn't draw attention with flash. It has way more class than that. Its sleek body testifies to its focus on strong performance without looking like a garish sports car. Like other coupes made by Mercedes-Benz, the CL-Class has frameless side windows that make it look more open whether you look at it from the outside or watch the world fly by from within the cabin.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class comes with standard features that have luxury car enthusiasts drooling. The CL550 entry-level comes standard with a hard-drive-based navigation system, 14-way power heated and ventilated front seats, a 600-watt audio system by Harman Kardon, satellite radio, and Bluetooth connectivity.
As you move up the trim levels, you get even more interior features, such as a heated steering wheel for the CL600 and leather sport seats in the CL65 AMG.
You can also choose packages that add specific features to each trim level. The Sport Package, for instance, adds 19-inch wheels to the CL550, and the Premium 2 Package adds a rear-view camera and a nighttime vision assistance system.
Performance & Handling
All 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class models offer a smooth, quiet ride that makes them great for long road tips, as well as talking with a hands-free device. The active suspension, however, can mislead drivers. It adjusts so readily to curves that drivers might not notice when they've pushed the car too far. The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has enough safety features that this doesn't present any serious problems, but it does affect the car's gracefulness on winding roads.
When it comes to performance, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class shows a lot of variety. The CL550's 5.5-liter V-8 offers 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. That would feel impressive in a smaller, lighter car, but the CL550 weighs enough that it doesn't feel very powerful.
The CL600 uses a 5.5-liter, twin-turbo V-12 that offers considerably more power. With 510 hp and 612 lb-ft of torque. The CL600 gets down the road despite its size and weight.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL63 contains a 6.2-liter V-8 that produces 518 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque. Overall, it offers about the same amount of power as the CL600's V-12.
The CL65 AMG, however, kicks things up another notch with its six-liter, twin-turbo V-12. It offers 604 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque—plenty of power to leave most cars in the dust. In fact, it can go from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds.
As you might expect, Mercedes-Benz has packed the latest safety features into the 2009 CL-Class. Standard features include full compartment airbags (including side curtain and those positioned for the driver's knees), stability control, and adaptive xenon headlights that keep the car visible while letting the driver see more of the road. As if those features weren't enough, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class comes with PreSafe, a system that takes precautionary measures when it detects an imminent crash. PreSafe automatically puts the front passenger seat in optimal position that makes airbags more effective. If it senses a rollover, it automatically closes the sunroof and windows to offer extra protection.
All trim levels except the CL550 come with PreSafe Brake, which applies up to 40 percent of the car's braking power whenever it detects an imminent collision. It even flashes your braking lights quickly when you slam on the brakes, making it easier for the car behind you to notice a sudden change in traffic flow.
If everything in life had this many safety features, no one would need insurance.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class C:550 4MATIC: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL600: 11/17 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL63 AMG: 11/18 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CL-Class CL65 AMG: 11/17 mpg city/highway
- Good performance
- Plenty of power
- Innovative safety features
- Luxurious interior
- Beautiful aesthetics
You Won't Like
- Long doors make for cramped exits in tight parking lots
- Rather heavy
A pricey car that pays off with plenty of power, safety features, and luxury.
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