To mention only the most salient points.
Visibility for making a left turn is downright dangerous, because of the limited view.
The Sport or Comfort choice has no noticeable difference.
No place to leave sunglasses for easy access.
Battery had to be replaced after 1000 miles
Drivers arm rest had to be replaced after 2 years 10,000 miles.
The navigation screen tilt invites the sunshine which blinds the screen
Seat upholstery is hard and causes pain to a user after a half hour.
Rear view camera has a fisheye undesirable lens.
A highly questionable technology when turning off the monitor it turns off
everything such as the telephone etc.
When starting the engine, it roars like a lion for several minutes.
I don't like the car and am deeply disappointed in its convoluted
in the dashboard located information systems.
You need to crawl under dashport to find various switches
LEFT TURN VISIBI:ITY< IMPOSSIBLE- DANGEROUS.
I would never purchase this car again.
Three weeks ago I traded in my 2009 SL550 for this car (2013 CLS550). I had some initial concerns that I would miss my SL, a car I liked very much. I like the CLS so much I haven't spent one minute missing the SL. The CLS is very quiet, luxurious, comfortable, powerful and handles well. It drives smaller than it is, in fact, while it is physically larger than my SL, it doesn't it feel it to me. I am looking forward to a long term, trouble free, relationship with my CLS550.
It's now been one year since I wrote my original review. I have to say I'm still very happy with my CLS 550.
I purchased a 2013 CLS550 (4matic). This vehicle is really fun to drive. As mentioned in various reviews the disappointments are the back up camera has not guidelines, the passenger doesn't have seat massagers, the side mirrors do not fold and the PARKTRONIC engage at speeds below 20 MPH. The Parktronics feature is great however it seems to periodically stick. The engine performs as commanded. The engine does has a speed limiter feature the limits the top speed to 133MPH (160 shown on the dashboard).
Overall very pleased with the CLS. Looks to kill. Really makes a statement. However, does not handle rough roads very well especially with the AMG tire and rim package. Glad I bought the road hazard coverage.
I have to say that this is one fine automobile! It is an orgasmic experience-wow! The handling,power,linear lineage,interior layout and exceptional craftsmanship to detail is wonderful. I have read some reviews that mention that the rear seats and headroom are a negative-really?! I bought this car for myself and my wife-I could care less about the comfort of the rear passengers-take a cab! The features that jump out at me are the side bolsters, passive massage, COMMAND features, Lane Assist option, raw power and acceleration. I work in auto sales with a competitor, but after reviewing this vehicle for 2 years, I had to have it. I may be looking for a new job, but this baby is worth it!
I have driven
my 2013 CLS550 for about one thousand miles.
This is my first Mercedes, my previous care being a 2010 Hyundai Genesis.
I must say that I am not sure the CLS is worth twice the cost of the Genesis.
Here are a few annoyances I have found so far.
The exterior rear view mirrors do not fold.
That option is only available in Canada.
The back up camera has no guide lines.
The rear seat passengers
can regulate the air flow but cannot change the temperature.
Admittedly the CLS has much more power than the Genesis, but it is not easy to regulate.
The accelerator seems like an on/off switch, which is not easily regulated for steady acceleration.
Tested the Audi s7, BMW 6, Jaguar and then clearly decided on the CLS 4 matic.
Incredible design inside and out. Perfect driving in terms of handling, pick up and comfort.
Keep getting compliments almost every time I take it for a drive.
Could hardly recommend it more highly.
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