Even if you pick this most basic of Mercedes CLs, you won’t be wanting for equipment. You can take it as read that you’ll get heated leather, electrically operated seats, rain-sensing lights and wipers, an electrically adjustable steering column and doors that latch closed automatically.
You might be more surprised to learn that the CL also comes with the likes of a remote electric opening/closing bootlid, doors that will electronically hold themselves at whichever point they’re opened to and headlights that illuminate further as you go faster. The quota of CD/DVD/navigation and other telematics systems is just as good – even down to a PC multi-media flash card reader.
The COMAND system that controls it has the measure of BMW’s iDrive system, but isn’t a patch on Audi’s MMI interface or Jaguar’s touch-screen controller (though this controls fewer systems). There’s also a comprehensive list of optional equipment, but you really won’t need a great deal from it.
As you might expect in a range of cars with no engine with less than eight cylinders and near supercar levels of performance running costs will be fearsome. The CL 500 just about makes some sense to buy and run, it’s 4.7-litre biturbo V8 returning 29.4mpg and emissions of 227g/km on the official combined cycle. The CL 63 AMG’s 26.0 and 244g/km CO2 isn’t too horrendous given the performance on offer, though you might find it difficult to justify the 19.8mpg and 334g/km the V12 engined CL 65 AMG delivers.