Loads of charisma

Just be­cause you’re built for com­fort doesn’t mean you can’t turn heads

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Prestige - CRAIG DUFF craig.duff@cars­guide.com.au

ANEWwave of style-driven wag­ons is adding class to the con­ven­tional load-lug­ger and the Mercedes-Benz CLS Shoot­ing Brake leads the con­voy.

It’s not as prac­ti­cal as an E-Class es­tate but, like the Porsche Panam­era Gran Turismo, looks bet­ter than its sedan sib­ling.

This thing is molten metal that has been sculpted in a wind-tun­nel.

VALUE

The en­try-level diesel costs $129,000 be­fore on-road costs. That’s $30,000 less than the en­try sedan, though the sedan starts with the 3.5-litre petrol V6 rather than the 2.1 turbo diesel in the wagon.

To get that price, the Shoot­ing Brake deletes LED head­lamps, TV tuner and three-zone cli­mate-con­trol air­con as stan­dard gear. There won’t be many com­plaints about the fit-out— it has a 10GB hard drive, in­ter­net and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­ity with voice con­trol, sun­roof, bi-xenon head­lamps and pow­ered tail­gate. The petrol V6 adds $44,000.

TECH­NOL­OGY

This diesel is a brute. There’s a moment of lag off the line but once un­der way there’s bound­less pulling power.

The seven-speed auto is re­spon­sive whether shift­ing up or down and the 0-100km/h time of 7.8 sec­onds be­lies the en­gine’s small ca­pac­ity. Throw in claimed fuel use of 5.5L/100km and I wouldn’t be too wor­ried about buy­ing the petrol, es­pe­cially given Mercedes-Benz Aus­tralia has

Eye­ful power: Look at it as a limou­sine with a really big boot

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