2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class  -  $70,125


Vehicle Details

MSRP: $70,125
Base Invoice: $65,369
Destination Charge: $875
Options: $1,300
Trim: 4dr Sdn 5.5L
Doors: 4
Drive train: Rear Wheel Drive
MPG: Avg: | City: 14 | Hwy: 21
Body Style: CLS550 Coupe
Transmission: 7-speed automatic transmission
Engine: 5.5L DOHC SMPI 32-valve V8 engine

Model News

After receiving more powerful engines and new trim designations in 2007, the two 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS 4-door "coupes" undergo modest changes for 2008. The 18-inch wheels sport a new seven-spoke design, and Sirius satellite radio is now standard. The CLS550 base price increases $700 to $67,600, while the CLS63 AMG bumps up $1,000 to $93,200.


Value Writeup

Mercedes-Benz is all about comfort, luxury, and refinement, and the 2008 CLS executes all of these exceedingly well. The CLS isn't a large vehicle and the word "sedan" doesn't seem to fit this smallish car with four doors, so Mercedes-Benz calls it a four-door coupe. A computer-controlled seven-speed automatic transmission helps the CLS550 achieve 21 mpg on the highway, which is respectable for a big V8. The upper-level CLS63 will please performance enthusiasts with its very powerful 6.3L V8 engine that generates 507 horsepower. The brakes, suspension, wheels, and even steering wheel are designed by AMG. The result is a very comfortable performance coupe.


Model Highlights

Nobody executes the combination of performance and luxury like Mercedes-Benz, and the 2008 CLS-Class represents Mercedes-Benz' take on those two attributes in a mid-size sedan. The interior dimensions are on the small size--particularly in the rear seat--so Mercedes-Benz has elected to call it a "four-door coupe."

Both CLS-Class coupes are motivated by impressive engines. The 5.5L V8 in the CLS550 generates a more-than-respectable 382 horsepower. For a bit more than $25,000 extra, the CLS63 AMG version crams an envy-creating 6.3L V8 engine under the hood, capable of kicking out 507 horses.

The transmission in both trims is Mercedes-Benz' seven-speed automatic. This means the car always can find the optimum gear for any situation. This also allows the car to operate within respectable efficiency numbers for a V8-powered performance car, although both engines incur a gas-guzzler tax.

Both CLS-Class versions feature an air suspension system Mercedes-Benz calls Airmatic. The car floats on pneumatic spring-struts and variable rate shocks. The driver can select both suspension sport mode and ride height. The CLS-Class will also automatically lower at speed to improve aerodynamic efficiency.

The interior is all Mercedes-Benz-style luxury. Both front seats are trimmed in leather, have ten-way power adjusters, and feature three-position memory settings. Climate control keeps no fewer than four zones comfortable. A high-end harman/kardon 7.1 channel stereo system utilizes 12 speakers. Added for 2008 is Sirius satellite radio, so drivers can even eliminate annoying ads from their decompression chamber.

The P2 Package includes DVD navigation, ventilated front seats, bi-xenon headlamps, and a clever curve-illumination feature that helps the driver "see" around bends in the road. Also included is Mercedes-Benz' Keyless Go system.

Those looking for added performance on the CLS550 will be interested in the AMG Sport Package, which includes fat 40-series performance tires and steering-wheel shift paddles. Mercedes-Benz' adaptive Distronic cruise control system is an available option, as is the brand's Parktronic parking assist system.

The CLS63 is the bigger brother, but the only major difference is the engine, which is now a hefty 6.3L V8. Handling is improved via larger stabilizer bars, 19-inch AMG wheels, and AMG six-piston front brakes. The steering wheel is a special AMG design.

On the CLS63, the Performance Package includes a limited-slip differential, and a special AMG compound brake system.


Pros

Big car in a smallish package; luxurious appointments; mountains of power and performance.


Drivetrain
Rear Wheel Drive

EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy
21 MPG

Cruising Range - City
295.40 mi

EPA Fuel Economy Est - City
14 MPG

Cruising Range - Hwy
443.10 mi

Engine Type
Gas V8

Displacement
5.5L/333

Fuel System
SMPI

SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM
382 @ 6000

SAE Net Torque @ RPM
391 @ 2800 - 4800

Trans Type
7

Trans Description Cont.
Automatic

Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)
2.65

EPA Classification
Compact

Passenger Capacity
4

Passenger Volume
93.0 ft³

Front Head Room
36.9 in

Front Leg Room
42.1 in

Second Head Room
36.1 in

Second Leg Room
35.0 in

Wheelbase
112.4 in

Length, Overall
193.0 in

Width, Max w/o mirrors
73.7 in

Height, Overall
54.7 in

Trunk Volume
15.9 ft³

Base Curb Weight
4020 lbs

Suspension Type - Front
Independent 4-Link

Suspension Type - Rear
Independent 5-Arm

Front Tire Size
P245/40R18

Rear Tire Size
P275/35R18

Front Wheel Size
18 x 8.5 in

Rear Wheel Size
18 x 9.5 in

Front Wheel Material
Aluminum

Rear Wheel Material
Aluminum

Steering Type
Vehicle Speed-Sensitive

Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb
36.7 ft

Brake Type
Pwr

Brake ABS System
4 Wheel

Disc - Front (Yes or )
Yes

Disc - Rear (Yes or )
Yes

Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
13.0 x -TBD- in

Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness
11.8 x -TBD- in

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx
21.1 gal

Basic Years
4

Basic Miles/km
50,000

Drivetrain Years
4

Drivetrain Miles/km
50,000

Corrosion Years
4

Corrosion Miles/km
50,000

Roadside Assistance Years
Unlimited

Roadside Assistance Miles/km
Unlimited

NHTSA CAMPAIGN ID
08V303000

Mfg's Report Date
JUL 03, 2008

Component
ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Potential Number of Units Affected
404

Summary
MERCEDES-BENZ IS RECALLING MY 2006-2008 M-CLASS, R-CLASS, MY 2005-2009 SLK-CLASS, MY 2005-2008 C-CLASS, MY 2003-2004 AND 2006-2008 CLK-CLASS, MY 2003-2008 E-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2008 CL-CLASS, MY 2008 CLS-CLASS, MY 2004 AND 2007-2008 S-CLASS, MY 2003 G-CLASS, AND MY 2003-2004, 2006 AND 2009 SL-CLASS VEHICLES. A SOFTWARE CALIBRATION NUMBER (SCN) CODING RECEIVED ON THE AFFECTED VEHICLES DURING A RECENT WORKSHOP VISIT WAS INCORRECT. DEPENDING ON THE MODEL YEAR AND MODEL AFFECTED, THE RESULTS OF AN INCORRECT SCN CODING CAN AFFECT A NUMBER OF VEHICLE SAFETY AND EMISSION FUNCTIONS INCLUDING THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF FUNCTIONS: (1) THE FUEL GAUGE READINGS MAY BE INCORRECT; (2) A STUCK FUEL-LEVEL SENSOR MAY NOT BE DISPLAYED IN THE INSTRUMENT CLUSTER; (3) THE OBD SYSTEM MAY CAUSE THE CHECK ENGINE LIGHT TO ILLUMINATE INCORRECTLY; AND, (4) THE SPEEDOMETER MAY BE OUT OF TOLERANCE.

Consequence
IN THE EVENT OF A VEHICLE CRASH, THE ELECTRICAL FUEL PUMP MAY NOT RECEIVE A CRASH SIGNAL THAT IS REQUIRED FOR THE FUEL PUMP TO DISCONNECT AND PREVENT FUTURE FUEL DELIVERY AS DESIGNED.

DEALERS WILL RECODE THE SCN FREE OF CHARGE. THE RECALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN DURING AUGUST 2008. OWNERS MAY CONTACT MERCEDES-BENZ AT 1-800-367-6372.

MERCEDES-BENZ RECALL NO. 2008 070001. CUSTOMERS MAY CONTACT THE NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION'S VEHICLE SAFETY HOTLINE AT 1-888-327-4236 (TTY: 1-800-424-9153); OR GO TO HTTP://WWW.SAFERCAR.GOV.

5.5L DOHC SMPI 32-valve V8 engine

7-speed automatic transmission

Electronic stability program (ESP)

Rear wheel drive

Independent 4-link front suspension w/anti-dive geometry

Independent 5-arm multi-link rear suspension-inc: aluminum links, wheel-hub carriers, anti-squat geometry, alignment control

Airmatic dual control semi-active air suspension w/Adaptive Damping System (ADS II)

Front/rear stabilizer bars

P245/40R18 front high performance tires

P275/35R18 rear high performance tires

18" x 8.5" front 7-spoke aluminum wheels

18" x 9.5" rear 7-spoke aluminum wheels

Vehicle-speed-sensitive pwr rack & pinion steering

Pwr 4-piston ventilated front & 1-piston ventilated rear disc brakes

Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist system

Dual chrome exhaust tips

Pwr tilt/slide tinted glass sunroof w/1-touch express open/close, memory

Silver grille w/(4) chrome ribs

Driver-selectable light-sensing headlamps

Halogen front foglamps

Single red rear foglamp in left taillamp

Driver-programmable daytime running lamps

Pwr heated mirrors-inc: memory, auto-dimming driver mirror

Blue tinted glass

Rain-sensing variable intermittent wipers w/heated washer nozzles

Leather upholstery

10-way pwr front seats-inc: 3-position memory, adjustable lumbar, pwr height adjustable active head restraints

Retractable outboard rear head restraints

Front/rear floor mats

Leather-trimmed pwr 4-way tilt/telescopic steering wheel-inc: memory, driver-programmable easy-exit, audio & multi-function display controls

Multi-function display in center of speedometer-inc: trip computer, exterior temp gauge, oil level check, digital speedometer, driver-programmable settings

Tire pressure monitoring system

Instrumentation-inc: electronic analog speedometer & tachometer, digital odometer & Touch Shift & mode selections, quartz clock, electronic bar-graph fuel & coolant temp gauges

Mercedes-Benz Maintenance System Plus display-inc: distance remaining to next maintenance, type of service due, reminders, brake-pad wear

Pwr windows w/1-touch express up/down

Pwr door locks w/auto-lock

Cruise control

SmartKey system-inc: selective unlock, fuel filler door, panic alarm, windows & sunroof open/close

Tele Aid global positioning system (GPS) satellite system-inc: stolen vehicle recovery, remote door unlock service, automatic alarm & collision notification

Integrated HomeLink compatible (3) button garage door opener

Anti-theft alarm system w/engine immobilizer

COMAND cockpit management/data system-inc: AM/FM/Weatherband radio, in-dash 6-disc CD changer, auxiliary audio input

Harmon/kardon LOGIC7 digital surround system

Sirius satellite radio

Automatic quad-zone climate control-inc: electrostatic dust/pollen filter, sun & humidity/dew point sensors, tunnel mode

High-gloss Laurel wood trim

Auto-dimming rearview mirror

Night security illumination

Leather-trimmed shift knob

12V pwr outlet in rear seat storage compartment & cargo area

City 14/hwy 21 (5.5L engine/7-speed auto trans)

Anti-lock brake system (ABS) w/brake assist system

Dual front adaptive dual-stage airbags w/occupant classification system

Front/rear side-impact airbags

Front/rear side-impact curtain airbags

Driver knee airbag

Front 3-point seat belts-inc: emergency tensioning device, belt force limiter, shoulder belt height-adjusters

Rear 3-point seat belts-inc: emergency tensioning device, belt force limiter

Illuminated emergency interior trunk release

Electronic stability program (ESP)

Universal LATCH (lower anchors & tethers for children) system

Front/rear crumple zones

Driver-programmable daytime running lamps

PRE-SAFE collision preparedness system

 
GAS GUZZLER TAX
$1,300

 
LEATHER INTERIOR
$0

 
PREMIUM LEATHER INTERIOR
$970

 
LEATHER UPHOLSTERY
$0

 
STANDARD PAINT
$0

 
EXTRA COST PAINT
$795

 
DIAMOND WHITE EDITION
$11,950

 
GRAPHITE DESIGNO
$7,200

 
PLATINUM BLACK DESIGNO
$6,950

 
P1 PKG
$2,860

 
P2 PKG
$4,770

 
AMG SPORT PKG
$5,030

 
TRIM PKG
$910

 
DISTRONIC CRUISE CONTROL
$2,200

 
PARKTRONIC
$1,120

 
VOICE CONTROL
$510

 
18" 5-SPOKE WHEELS
$0

 
MERCEDES EXTENDED RUN-FLAT TIRES
$220

 
IPOD INTEGRATION KIT
$425

 
MATTE BURL WALNUT WOOD INTERIOR TRIM
$0

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