The best of both worlds
It’s the trade-off that seems to have struck Mercedes-Benz’s senses only too well. The stylish CLS 350 BlueEfficiency aims to fill the void right between the two—the promise of space and practicality in a four-door sedan and the panache of a coupé.
To begin with, if one were to go by the first look of the car we drove recently, the four-door practicality seems to have that perfect match with flawless design. But is it all so perfect in automotive heaven?
In its second generation now, the CLS is essentially based on the three-pointed star’s E-class executive sedan. It targets those who loved the lines of the E-Class coupé, but also wanted those two extra doors and a bit more flair. But mind you, the CLS can only fit four and not five—there is a divide running between the back seat that has audio controls and space to pack-in small tidbits.
Even though the CLS fits well with a small family, it remains a fun car—a push on the accelerator will do enough to remind you of the power you command under your feet. The 3,498cc V6 petrol heart puts out 306bhp@3,500-5,250rpm of power—that’s equal to three and a half Maruti Swifts packed
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