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2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Overview

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - January 14, 2019

Mercedes-Benz penned and coined the four-door coupe design and term with the CLS-Class that appeared on the market in 2004. The CLS-Class combined the athletic exterior design of a coupe with the versatility of a sedan. In addition to having one of the more striking designs for a sedan, the CLS-Class is also a high-performance vehicle and manages to bring a high level of luxury that Mercedes is known for.

What's New for 2019

The Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is all new for 2019. Besides having an all-new design, the new CLS-Class is the first vehicle from Mercedes to feature a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The model also marks the return of an inline six-cylinder engine.

CLS550

Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

The entry-level CLS 450 is equipped with Mercedes-Benz's new turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder engine with the brand's EQ Boost 48-volt system. Rear-wheel drive is standard for the trim, while the CLS 450 4Matic comes with all-wheel drive. Output for the engine is rated at 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, and a nine-speed automatic transmission is standard. The setup achieves an EPA-estimated 24 miles per gallon city, 31 mpg highway, and 26 combined, or 23/30/26 mpg (city/highway/combined) with all-wheel drive.

The AMG CLS 53 brings more performance to the mix with a bespoke version of the inline-six engine. The engine produces 429 hp and 384 lb-ft of torque. Shifts are handled through a nine-speed automatic transmission, with drive going to all four wheels. Despite being a large, luxury machine, the AMG CLS 53 can get to 60 miles per hour from a standstill in just 4.4 seconds. Fuel economy for the AMG CLS 53 is rated at 21/27/23 mpg.

CLS450

The base CLS 450 starts at $70,195 (all prices include the $995 destination charge), while the CLS 450 4Matic is priced from $72,695. That's not exactly affordable, and it's quite a lot more than the last model. But the CLS 450 is well equipped. Standard exterior features include LED headlights and taillights, a sunroof, 19-inch wheels, a sport exhaust system, a selective damping system, power-folding side mirrors, LED daytime running lights, and rain-sensing windshield wipers. On the inside, the trim comes with dual-zone automatic climate control, heated front seats, ambient lighting with 64 colors, and leather upholstery.

As a Mercedes, the CLS 450 also comes with a lengthy list of technology: a remote start system, keyless entry and go, a universal garage door opener, a 12.3-inch display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, crosswind assist, navigation, Mercedes' COMAND system, Car-to-X communication, and automatic emergency braking.

The CLS 450 has enough packages to make you dizzy or force you to spend a day using the configurator to build your perfect sedan. The AMG Line ($970) adds 19-inch AMG wheels, AMG interior styling, a sport steering wheel, brushed aluminum pedals, and a black headliner. The $900 Exterior Lighting Package brings intelligent headlights and adaptive highbeam assist.

The Warmth and Comfort Package ($1,050) adds a rapid heating feature for the front seats, heated front armrests, and a heated steering wheel. Ticking the box for the Energizing Comfort Package ($550) includes a system that harmonizes climate control, interior lighting, audio, and fragrance, an air balance cabin-air purification system, and an air balance cabin fragrance

system. The Premium Package ($1,500) brings a 13-speaker Burmester surround sound audio system, SiriusXM Radio, near-field communication technology, and wireless charging.

Those wanting some help parking the vehicle can opt for the Parking Assist Package ($1,290) that adds active parking assist, a surround-view system, and rear cross-traffic alert. The Driver Assistance Package ($2,250) brings adaptive cruise control, active steering assist, evasive steering assist, automatic emergency braking, rear cross-traffic alert, congestion emergency braking, active emergency stop assist, active speed limit assist, active blind-spot monitoring, active lane keeping assist, active lane change assist, extended restart in stop-and-go traffic, and route-based speed adaptation.

Mercedes also offers a dizzying amount of standalone options. To name a few, a heated steering wheel costs $250, ventilated front seats are an extra $450, adding a head-up display costs $990, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is $850, three-zone automatic climate control is $760, a Burmester 3D surround system is $4,550, active multicontour front seats with massage cost $1,320, while air body control is $1,900.

AMG CLS 53

Going with the high-performance AMG CLS 53 costs $80,895. In addition to the more powerful engine, the trim adds an AMG Performance all-wheel-drive system, an AMG Sport Suspension, ESP Dynamic Cornering Assist, a high-performance braking system, an AMG sport exhaust system, 19-inch AMG wheels, an AMG Nappa leather performance steering wheel, a heated windshield washer system, MB-Tex/Dinamica upholstery, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a Burmester surround sound audio system, enhanced voice control, wireless charging, three USB ports, and SiriusXM.

The Exterior Lighting Package ($900), Warmth and Comfort Package ($1,050), Energizing Comfort Package ($550), Parking Assist Package ($1,290), and Driver Assistance Package ($2,250) add the same features as on lower trims. The AMG Night Package ($650) brings black exterior trim pieces, while the AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package ($1,750) includes trim pieces in genuine carbon fiber. Performance wise, the trim can be fitted with an AMG Performance Exhaust System for an extra $1,250.

CarsDirect Tip

Having a sedan with a coupe-like design and the performance of a sports car sounds promising, but the AMG variant is overkill in the best possible way. If you can afford it, it's the one to go with. For everyone else, the base 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 is more than enough. Plus, the lower price tag means you can choose from a litany of available packages. The Premium Package, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, ventilated front seats, three-zone automatic climate control, active front seats with a massage function, and the Driver Assistance Package are all worth considering.

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