Opt for the CLS53 AMG and the efficiency drops to 21/27/23 mpg, according to the EPA. All-wheel drive and an air suspension are on the options list. The CLS-Class aces in standard equipment, optional extras, and its infotainment screen. Skip Apple CarPlay or Android Auto and use the Mercedes system for day-to-day driving. The CLS53 uses the same turbo inline-6 and integrated starter-generator as the CLS 450, but the engine has been massaged by AMG and its output is 429 hp and it dashes from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds. The 2020 CLS-Class is an impressive and calm performer. The interior is good too, but have you seen that body? The petrol-fed CLS 450 4MATIC is equipped with the M 256 inline-six engine with 2,999 cc displacement. It’s an 8. Every CLS-Class is equipped with 19-inch wheels, leather upholstery, heated seats, a 12.3-inch display for infotainment with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, navigation, blind-spot monitors, Bluetooth connectivity, and remarkable interior lighting. The base engine makes 362 horsepower, which the CLS53 dials up to 429 hp. The A-frame grille reaches toward lower air intakes that give the CLS a low, hunkered-down presence pulling up to the curb. Read on to see what it’s like. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class cuts a sleek hole in the wind—a boon to style and fuel economy. The CLS gets a standard 12.3-inch display for infotainment that uses Mercedes’ older software, called COMAND. If we must, we’d recommend the optional AMG exhaust for the CLS53, which costs $1,250. The CLS 400 d 4MATIC carries the same power unit as the CLS 220 but with 2925 cc displacement while the power is increased to 330 hp and 700 Nm torque. We can skitter through the options list for our CLS53 and add licks of vibrant paint to the outside, deeply black piano trim in the inside, soft nappa hides to swaddle our tochuses, Burmester sound, cooled and massaged front seats, heated rear seats, and a performance exhaust to shotgun overrun into our favorite roads and end up with a $108,000 tab. The CLS53 AMG is the jewel in the four-door coupe’s lineup, and we’ve taken a shine to it. 2020 Mercedes CLS Engine Performance. Inside, four adults will fit fine, but two will be happier. On top of a swoopy shape, all … Nice things are nice. The old V-6 was rated at 329 hp. All Rights Reserved. Performing is what the CLS does best, and it performs for onlookers. When the CLS was revealed 15 years ago it was unlike anything we’d seen from Audi or BMW. Most of our seat time has been behind the wheels of cars equipped with the optional air suspension, which costs $1,900. The CLS450 will happily rip off runs to 60 mph in about 5 seconds, while the CLS53 takes just 4.4 ticks. It adds uprated AMG seats that are more snug and grippier, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster (that’s optional on CLS450 versions), standard all-wheel drive, an air suspension, and racy accents and wheels for $82,195. We’d grab the keys first, or at least call “shotgun” quickly. The 2020 CLS-Class doesn’t compromise much comfort for its handsome looks. On top of a swoopy shape, all sedans are powered by a trick 3.0-liter turbo inline-6 that shuffles power through a 9-speed automatic. The front seats? The AMG CLS53 spares little in its pursuit of performance. Suddenly there were options, so the CLS had to work a bit harder to justify its spot in Mercedes’ line-up. Before long Audi came out with the A7, BMW the 6 Series Gran Coupe and even Porsche with the Panamera. Federal and independent safety testers don’t regularly ruin high-dollar luxury cars in the name of safety ratings. We’d stick closer to the entry end with a few luxury conveniences thrown in, all-wheel drive fitted, and an air suspension for less than $80,000. The added boost lets the vehicle accelerate from 0-100 km/h in five seconds and has a max speed of 250 km/h. The base suspension setup is four-corner coils over springs with a preference for comfort. The short of the long: the inline-6 deftly replaced the old V-8s and V-6s and we’re just fine with it. We’ll call shenanigans on the former claim but four adults can fit just fine. The CLS-Class is related to the E-Class sedan, which means the CLS won the parent lottery from the beginning. Our overall rating of 7.2 applies to the 2020 CLS450, which is more popular among buyers. It’s an 8. Add premium sound ($1,500), a heated steering wheel and armrests ($1,050), and sporty exterior accents and premium paint ($970 and $1,080, respectively) and our ideal 2020 CLS 450 4Matic ducks under $80,000, out the door. If the CLS53 were rated on its own, it’d be an easy 8—maybe higher. We could quibble with the “four-door coupe” designation from Mercedes until we’re blue in the face, but our breath is already taken by the sedan’s profile. It’s best look is at night, when 64 selectable shades of interior LED lights bathe the interior in soft colors. No money from the licence fee was used to create this website. Like most Mercedes’ models, the steering feel is light and luxurious in day-to-day driving, but sporty modes add weight to the wheel. The CLS-Class uses the touchpad and clickwheel controller that’s mounted on the center console, within easy reach of the driver and passenger. We won’t get too in the weeds here, but what’s under the hoods of all CLS models is beyond impressive engineering—it’s excellent. Serious performers may bemoan the lack of communication from the wheel, but serious performers will look instead to AMG’s other models. The fast roof plunges toward the rear elegantly, and the frameless doors of the CLS-Class melt into the bodysides. The front of the CLS-Class is taut and muscular, this year every model gets the “power dome” that was reserved last year for the AMG version. The CLS-Class draws power from a turbo 3.0-liter inline-6 and electric motor combo that’s impressive but also complex. Called EQ boost, the starter-generator is also tasked with harvesting energy to shut off the engine at stoplights and can smoothly restart the engine in stop-and-go traffic. Sure, the exterior is pretty, but the interior is a pretty nice place too. We’d pick it for its adeptness at comfort and performance. 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS 450 / CLS 450 4Matic The CLS 450 is powered by a 3.0-liter mild hybrid-enhanced turbo inline-six that's paired with nine-speed automatic. The back is sharp and tidy except for one thing: in profile, the area around the rear license plate juts out like a swollen bottom lip. Even better with nappa leather, heated armrests, massage, and adjustability in more directions than we have fingers. Unlike crossovers, the seating position in the CLS-Class is low, so sore knees and tricky backs may want to look for a taller-riding vehicle from Mercedes’ stable if entry/exit are daily concerns. As a result, the CLS-Class isn’t as slick and polished as the MBUX systems found sitting across showrooms in the GLE-Class, A-Class, or other models—but the news isn’t all that bad. For a starting price of $70,945, including destination, the CLS-Class can race past six figures for a fully stocked CLS53 but it doesn’t want for comfort either. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class is mostly unchanged from last year’s version, which was a ground-up redo for the luxury mid-size sedan. Logos © 1996. Mercedes GLA 250e review: a successful hybrid crossover? BBC Studios is a commercial company that is owned by the BBC (and just the BBC). Strapped to the new inline-6 is what Mercedes calls an integrated starter-generator that not only spools the turbocharger but also stores small amounts of energy to dump down the driveline to help efficiency and power (up to 21 pound-feet). Shopping for a new Mercedes-Benz CLS Class? The CLS-Class is loosely related to the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, but not enough to draw meaningful conclusions about the CLS’ safety. Mercedes revealed the all new CLS not that long ago and so far the car managed to impress pretty much everyone. Starting from the base model, the CLS450 is a sumptuous bucket for well-heeled buyers to pour more money into, everything from upgraded tech to softer hides to better performance is available.