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2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

  • 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550 Sedan

    CLS550 Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      382/391
    • ENGINE
      5.5L V8
    • MSRP
      $66,900
  • 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS63 AMG Sedan

    CLS63 AMG Sedan

    • MAX MPG
      N/A
    • SEATS
      4
    • HP/TORQUE
      507/465
    • ENGINE
      6.2L V8
    • MSRP
      $92,200
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2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Review

Offers sleek coupe-like styling, four-door convenience, and sports car performance all under this lineup of luxury coupes.

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Overview

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is known for its sleek styling and excellent handling qualities. Even though it's quite a large car, it drives very much like a smaller car but has plenty of power under the hood. It's essentially a four-door coupe, which is very convenient. The styling is so remarkable that it looks more like a concept car than a production car, with its all curves and sweeping lines. However, its sharp styling can make it difficult to get in and out of the back seat, and taller passengers will find it lacking in headroom. Although there are many luxury midsize sedans on the market, the CLS-Class will always stand out from the crowd, making it very attractive and covetable to luxury car buyers.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, AMG
Engines: 5.5-liter V-8, 6.2-liter V-8
Transmissions: seven-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz CLS550, Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG

What's New

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz SLC550 is now the base model, and the premium Harmon Kardon audio system is now standard equipment.

Exterior

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is available in two different trims, the CLS550 and the CLS63 AMG, both of which are very well-equipped. The CLS550 has full power accessories, four-zone automatic climate control, a trip computer, 18-inch wheels, a sunroof, and a Harmon Kardon stereo system with a six-CD changer. Mercedes’ unique Airmatic Suspension system is fitted as standard, making this car infinitely adjustable to suit all drivers. The Mercedes-Benz CLS63 AMG is fitted with a larger V-8 engine, and includes Napa leather upholstery, 19-inch wheels, a sports suspension, more powerful brakes, and heated sports seats.

Optional features for the 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class include adaptive cruise control, front and rear park assist, a navigation system, and seats that automatically pump up the side bolsters to give additional support during performance driving. There is an AMG sport package available for the CLS550, which includes paddle shifters, lower body skirting, and 18-inch double-spoke wheels. The performance package for the AMG trim level includes firmer suspension tuning, a limited-slip differential, and Formula One-style compound brakes.

Interior

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is every bit as luxurious as expected. Taller people will find the back seats a little uncomfortable to enter, but once in position, they should find plenty of elbow and knee room. Tasteful wood trim and chrome accents line the interior, and the AMG model features black-on-white gauges. The navigation and audio systems aren't particularly easy to use, and unlike competing Japanese cars, it is typically necessary to get out the manual.

Performance & Handling

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 is powered by a 5.5-liter V-8, which produces 382 hp and 391 lb-ft of torque. The AMG model has a 6.2-liter V-8, which produces 507 hp with 465 lb-ft of torque. Both models come with a seven-speed automatic manual shift capability gearbox. Paddle shifters are standard on the AMG model, but are optional on the CLS550. It's an attractive car to drive and performs well even around tight corners. When left in the default comfort mode, the suspension responds by tightening and softening when appropriate. However, the sport mode keeps it a lot stiffer at all times. The steering is extremely quick and responsive, and it hugs the road very nicely with minimal body roll. It's a very unique and desirable car.

Safety

The 2007 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class come with standard safety features, including active front head restraints, stability control, anti-lock disc brakes, side curtain airbags and side-impact airbags. Mercedes PreSafe detection system is fitted as standard, and prepares the vehicle for an impending collision by tightening up the seat belts, closing the sunroof, and positioning the seats for optimum airbag protection, as well as rapidly braking and adjusting steering patterns.

EPA Fuel Economy

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS550: 13/20 mpg city/highway
Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class CLS63 AMG: 12/19 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Sharp and sophisticated exterior design
  • Smooth and powerful V-8 engine
  • Handles more like a smaller car

You Won't Like

  • A little awkward getting into the back
  • Complicated control interface
  • Headroom a bit tight in rear for taller passengers

Sum Up

Offers sleek coupe-like styling, four-door convenience, and sports car performance all under this lineup of luxury coupes.

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