- Fresh design
- Potent, capable V-6 and V-8 engines
- Incredible handling and performance in AMG trim
- Rear-seat head room still tight
- High price tag
- COMAND is what it is
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class looks better than ever, offers upgraded tech and safety, and continues to post impressive performance.
For 2015, small visual updates to the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class inside and out, plus a few under-the-skin changes help keep it fresh. Surprisingly, the most outward change is also the most subtle—the redesigned front end gives the CLS-Class a fresh face, but without any cartoonish signs of redesign. If anything, the 2015 CLS looks the way it always should have, modern and just on the line between bold and elegant. Inside, the 2015 CLS-Class wears Mercedes’ latest interior design theme with grace, wrapped in luxurious leathers and high-quality woods, with an aesthetic that seamlessly blends classic with high-tech.
The large, luxurious cabin of the CLS-Class pairs well with its elegant exterior, potent powertrains, and high-tech features, putting it among the top four-door luxury coupes on the market.
Under the hood, the CLS 400 gets a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 engine rated at 329 horsepower and 354 pound-feet of torque. It’s a brisk performer, never lagging in traffic, and easily passing at any speed. The CLS 550 uses the familiar 4.6-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 engine rated at 402 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque for even more impressive acceleration. Both rear-wheel-drive and 4Matic all-wheel-drive versions of the CLS are available. An AMG-tuned CLS 63 AMG is also available, cranking out up to 585 horsepower.
But the real news under the skin of the new 2015 CLS-Class is the nine-speed automatic transmission, now standard equipment on the CLS 550 rear-drive models, and later expanding to other models in the CLS-Class range. This new transmission provides even more seamless, smooth shifting, and should improve gas mileage in the real world, thanks to the additional intermediary steps and higher top gear.
It’s not all performance and luxury with the CLS-Class, however. There’s a healthy dose of technology, too, much of it aimed at keeping the occupants safe. Standard equipment in this category includes Collision Prevention Assist Plus, which can help prevent rear-end collisions through the autonomous use of brakes if necessary. Optional extras include: Distronic Plus with Steering Assist, which offers many features of semi-autonomous driving; Pre-Safe Brake with pedestrian detection; Active Blind Spot Assist; Active Lane Keeping Assist; Active Parking Assist, and more.
On the other side of the technology front, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class offers a host of entertainment and information features, such as the COMAND Online system, operated through the central eight-inch color high-resolution display. From internet surfing while the vehicle is stationary to one-the-go Bluetooth streaming, weather, Google Local Search, StreetView, and more, the COMAND Online system, especially in conduction with Mercedes-Benz Apps, offers much for the tech-head to love.
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class arrived in the U.S. in the fall of 2014.