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STYLING | 7 out of 10
Curvier, more muscular lines than its subdued predecessor
With all four windows down the car looks absolutely stunning
Neither showy nor obviously exotic
Kelley Blue Book
The sheetmetal that adorns the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class flows gracefully from hood to trunk, but not everyone who sees it appreciates the styling.
Edmunds writes that "the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class" comes in "four trim levels: CL550, CL600, CL63 AMG and CL65 AMG," though little varies externally between them. Among the differences on these large Mercedes-Benz 2008 coupes, the AMG versions come with "unique exterior enhancements" and "20-inch wheels," according to Edmunds.
Otherwise, they share a "sporty" appearance that is highlighted by a roofline that "sweeps smoothly from windshield to rear window without the interruption of a B-pillar." Cars.com calls that roofline "one of the CL550's best attributes" and goes on to say that "in the world of high-dollar coupes, the CL550's styling is rather restrained," though "its long profile, low-slung stance and big three-pointed star on the grille say 'I'm expensive.'" Reviewers at ForbesAutos write that this 2008 Mercedes-Benz "looks shapely from some angles," but it also "appears a bit fussed-over from other angles," and overall, it simply "didn't provoke public swooning in the manner of the BMW M6 or Jaguar XKR." Kelley Blue Book calls it “neither showy nor obviously exotic.”
Inside the Mercedes-Benz 2008 CL-Class is a cabin that waits to welcome occupants into an environment of supreme luxury. Cars.com is impressed by the way that the "CL550's cabin manages to elegantly fuse modern technology with old-world sophistication," thanks to its "orange ambient lighting with classic burled walnut trim and a full-leather interior." Kelley Blue Book also praises the interior of this 2008 Mercedes-Benz, as did most reviews read by TheCarConnection.com, for the luxury that "abounds door-to-door, floor-to-roof," and is enhanced by a "leather-trimmed aviation-style cockpit." ForbesAutos goes on to say that "nearly everything about the design" of the Mercedes-Benz 2008 CL-Class interior "announces that this is a genuine luxury article." ConsumerGuide mentions "most major controls are logically placed and easy to reach."
An understated exterior may be a disappointment to some, but the interior of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class is sure to impress.