Loads of charisma
Just because you’re built for comfort doesn’t mean you can’t turn heads
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.
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.
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