The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a two-door coupe, which is immensely practical. It combines luxury, prestige, and numerous safety features into one desirable package. It is refined yet sporty, and even has sufficient room to carry four passengers. It is a stylish coupe which blends luxury and comfort with high-performance, and has a very wide appeal. However, as such a luxury manufacturer produces it, it is somewhat on the expensive side, even though it features run-of-the-mill affordable models made by Mercedes-Benz. It's available as a hardtop and a convertible.
Body Styles: luxury coupe, convertible
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6, 5.5-liter V-8, 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz CLK350, Mercedes-Benz CLK550, Mercedes-Benz CLK 63 AMG
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK500 gets a bigger V-8 engine and increases horsepower (hp) by 80. Likewise, the AMG version of the CLK convertible gets more power, and boasts an increase of 113 hp. The V6 CLK350 version gets a Sport Appearance package option.
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is available in either coupe or convertible form. The coupe is powered by either a V-6 engine, as in the CLK350, or by a V-8 engine, as in the CLK550. It comes with an AMG style body kit, which includes body-skirting, chrome exhaust outlets, and a rear deck lid spoiler, and paddle shift for the automatic transmission. Other options include a Sport Appearance Package, available for the CLK350. This includes upgraded brakes, ten-spoke wheels, and a lowered sport suspension. Additional options include bi-xenon headlights, a navigation system, run-flat tires, a higher quality sound system with a glove box-mounted CD changer, rear parking sensors, and a satellite radio. The Keyless Go system allows it to be started up without using a key. In addition, there are a couple of special paint finishes available, which are combined with distinctive interior finishes.
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 and CLK550 convertibles basically include the same equipment as the coupes. Choosing the CLK63 adds aluminum accents, a higher quality audio system with satellite radio, and heated sport seats. Optional extras include bi-xenon adaptive headlights, a navigation system, the keyless start-up system, and front/rear park assist.
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is extremely luxurious, and features large amounts of chrome, leather, and wood. Front occupants will find it easy to buckle up, as there are automatic seatbelt presenters that hand the belts to occupants once the doors have been shut. The entry system powers the front seat forwards and up, making it easier to get into the backseat, and the coupe has fold-down rear seats, enabling longer loads to be carried. The convertible top is easy to raise or lower simply by pressing one button. Standard equipment for most models includes leather upholstery, ten-way power front seats, a ten-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, and a tilt-adjustable telescoping steering wheel.
Performance & Handling
The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK350 is fitted with a 3.5-liter, V-6 engine, capable of producing 268 hp, while the CLK550 has a 5.5-liter, V-8 engine, which produces 382 hp. This enables acceleration from zero to 60 mph in just 6.4 seconds and 5.1 seconds, respectively. The CLK63 convertible is very quick as it comes with a 6.2-liter, V-8 engine that produces 475 hp, and it can reach zero to 60 mph in just 4.5 seconds. All models are fitted with a seven-speed automatic transmission, with the ability to be shifted manually. Models fitted with V-8 engines have gearshift paddles to do so. It's a lovely car to drive, although not as nimble as the SLK, and driving enthusiasts may find another luxury German marque suits them better.
Safety features for the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class include anti-lock disc brakes that have brake assist, stability control, and front head active restraints. Front and rear side curtain airbags and front side airbags are standard. Rear side airbags are optional on convertibles but are standard on the CLK63 AMG. Standard on the convertible models are pop-up roll bars, which are situated behind the rear seats and deploy if it rolls over.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK350: 17/26 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CL550: 14/21 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class CLK 63 AMG: 12/18 mpg city/highway
- Solid chassis
- Powerful engine
- Front seats are comfortable
- Ride is composed
- Power top operates quickly
You Won't Like
- High priced
- Some quirky controls
- Plastic trim below par
An expensive, stylish blend of performance and comfort that will satisfy all except the more serious driver.
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