2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK Class Review

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Trevor Wild Trevor Wild Author
May 31, 2009

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is awash in expensive luxury and complex engineering.

TheCarConnection.com's editors drove the new Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class in order to give you an expert opinion. TheCarConnection.com's car experts researched available road tests on the new Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class to produce this conclusive review and to help you find the truth where other reviews might differ.

The 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class is a handsome car with a modern yet classic Mercedes-Benz appearance. Editors at TheCarConnection.com like that all V-8 models get AMG styling details, including a different front air dam. The CLK-Class encompasses five models, including the CLK350 coupe and cabriolet; the CLK550 coupe and cabriolet; and the uber-high-performance CLK63 AMG Cabriolet. Joining these five for 2009 is the limited-edition CLK350 Grand Edition.

Only 1,000 versions of the Grand Edition coupes and cabriolets will be produced. Both models feature Sport body styling and 18-inch AMG wheels, and they come standard with a six-disc CD changer and heated front seats. The exterior of the Grand Edition coupe is Palladium Silver with a Tobacco Brown leather interior, beige stitching, and aluminum trim, while the cabriolet is finished in Diamond White and the same interior except for dark brown ash wood trim.

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The CLK350s are powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 engine with 268 horsepower, and CLK550s by
5.5-liter V-8 engine producing 382 horsepower and 391 lb-ft of torque. The AMG models get a hand-assembled 6.2-liter high-performance V-8 producing an asphalt-smoking 475 horsepower that can propel its surrounding convertible body to 60 mph in approximately 4.6 seconds. All 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class cars use a seven-speed automatic transmission.

Acceleration is never an issue with the Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class. Of course, V-8 models are quite impressive when moving away from a stop. Editors from TheCarConnection.com have only one complaint (and it's a common issue with several Mercedes-Benz vehicles): The steering feel isn't the best. It tends to be slower than our enthusiastic drivers like, and there is a "dead" spot on center. Aside from this flaw, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class, regardless of which powertrain or body style you select, would be easy to live with.

Detailing is a Mercedes-Benz strong suit, and the leather mixed with chrome accents is pleasingly blended. Inside the 2009 Mercedes-Benz CLK-Class, there's plenty of room up front, and the rear seats are acceptable for modest cross-town trips. But if you really wanted room for four or five, you'd pick a sedan, right?

In these days of retractable hardtops, some buyers might see the CLK Cabriolet's soft top as a safety issue. Experts from TheCarConnection.com don't, but we appreciate the extra refinement these tops provide. Electronic stability control and a full range of airbags (including side curtains in coupes) help the 2009 CLK-Class win accolades for being prudent and thoughtful.

2009 will most likely be the last model year for this generation of CLK. Experts at TheCarConnection.com know that an all-new E-Class Coupe will arrive as a 2010 model, with a new convertible following.

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