Since the launch of the third generation of the Mercedes-Benz CLS in 2018, it was considered one of the most beautiful four-door luxury coupes that also manages to put a smile on the driver’s face. Part of the same C257 generation, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 2022 retains these qualities while being more modern and upgradable thanks to the inclusion of many advanced and must-have features.
This 2022 iteration launched for a base MSRP of $74,000 and is only available in one trim configuration, due to the removal of the rear-drive CLS450 variant from the list. The 429 hp CLS 53 AMG was also discontinued. Other changes include a slightly restyled front fascia, a standard AMG Line appearance package and subtle interior accent updates. Competition with the Audi A7 and Porsche Panamera, here are 10 things to know before buying the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class.
ten Elegant cabin design and quality
The opulence and luxury of the cabin is something many potential buyers would expect from a car in this segment, and the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS won’t disappoint anyone in that regard. The cabin is filled with the most premium materials throughout, and the comfort provided is second to none.
The beautifully crafted dash with leather, aluminum and wood accents, paired with the circular air vents, aluminum speaker grilles and well-integrated infotainment and digital gauge cluster, make it imparts a chic feel compared to the Audi A7. We also loved the fit and finish and the seal offered by this cabin. There are also several interior design elements and optional trims, which help owners customize the ride.
9 Inline-6 motor offers decent acceleration
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS comes with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged inline 6-cylinder engine mated to the 48-volt mild-hybrid system, producing a combined 362 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to all wheels with the 4MATIC AWD transmission and transmission functions are handled by the 9G-Tronic 9-speed automatic.
Put your foot to a stop and the car rewards you with a 0-60 MPH time of 4.5 seconds, which makes it faster than the Audi A7 and the Porsche Panamera. We liked the punchy low-end and mid-range, and turbo-lag is very minimal. The 9-speed automatic offers quick gear changes and the sport mode makes the throttle response even sharper.
8 A comfortable daily driver
The Mercedes-Benz CLS has an almost equal mix of fun and luxury, and that’s what makes it a capable offering for those who want an all-rounder for the segment. We found the CLS to be a very comfortable daily driver, almost similar to the much more expensive S-Class.
Even though it comes with a coil spring suspension setup, the adaptive dampers ensure that the ride quality is top notch when the car is set to comfort mode. It absorbs whatever the roads throw at it with ease, and the highway ride quality is very flat and planted. Body roll is minimal and the suspension makes no noise.
seven Superb Refinement
Being a premium Mercedes sedan, the level of refinement is easily better than many rivals that come in at the same point. The cabin is isolated from outside noise thanks to excellent soundproofing, acoustic glasses and active noise cancellation.
The CLS’s 19″ or 20″ wheels produce no major tire noise, and we like the reasonably meaty sidewalls of the all-season tires. Wind noise is on the lower side, and that’s also the case with road noise. There are no rattles or squeaks from the cabin.
6 Not the roomiest in the segment
Like what the coupe’s design suggests from the outside, the interior space isn’t going to excite many family buyers. However, we found the front seat of the CLS to be acceptable for the segment due to decent headroom and legroom and accommodating leather seats with heating, ventilation and power support.
The sunroof, premium materials all around, and multiple storage spaces are some of the other positives of this cabin. It also has no ergonomic flaws. However, rear-seat headroom is poor, and taller people will rub their heads with the headliner. Cargo capacity of 11.9 cubic feet is also the worst in the segment.
5 Feature-rich infotainment system
The first thing you’ll notice when you sit in the driver’s seat is the sleek 12.3-inch digital display and MBUX infotainment system that comes in a single split glass panel. Both screens are bright and crisp, and the user interface is as good as you’d expect from a Mercedes. Smooth animations and fluid touch controller are also on board.
In terms of features, this MBUX infotainment comes with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, SiriusXM radio, navigation, voice recognition, head-up display and wireless mobile charging. However, some of these features are only available if you opt for the optional packages. The 13-speaker Burmester audio system offered punchy bass and clear high-frequency audio output.
4 Impressive fuel consumption
The 48-bolt mild-hybrid system paired with the well-tuned 9-speed automatic transmission and a reasonably low curb weight of 4,255 lbs helps the 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS deliver segment-best gas mileage . It could do 22 MPG in the city and 30 MPG on the highway, equivalent to 25 MPG combined.
The fuel tank capacity of 21.1 gallons is larger than the Audi A7 and the highway range of 633 miles is also better than many rivals. By comparison, the 2022 Porsche Panamera offered a mediocre combined gas mileage of 19 MPG. However, it has a larger fuel tank capacity of 23.7 gallons.
3 Superb build quality
The 2022 CLS is built on the same platform as the Mercedes-Benz E-Class, which helps the CLS get all the goodness of the E-Class when it comes to overall build. Constructed from high-strength steel and aluminum, the car is strong inside and out, making it safer and more secure than some of the rivals in the segment.
There’s no flexing or squeaking when you press hard against the exterior panels and doors. Even the fiber bits feel very premium. The same goes for the interior of the CLS. The lack of hard-to-the-touch plastic, coupled with top-notch fit and finish and even panel gaps, makes it as good as the price would suggest.
2 Many standard driving assistance features
Even though the 2022 CLS comes with all the basic safety features such as ABS, airbags, traction control, stability control, rear view camera, tire pressure monitoring system and side impact beams, the same cannot be said for advanced driver assistance technology. . This luxury sedan comes standard with only forward collision monitoring, automated emergency braking and blind spot monitoring.
However, if you need all the bells and whistles, you’ll need to opt for the premium package and the driver assistance package, both of which offer features like active remote assist, active steering assist, evasive steering, active brake assist with cross traffic. function, lane change assist, lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.
1 Precise braking performance
The 2022 Mercedes-Benz CLS retains the same braking hardware as the outgoing 2021 model, featuring a 4-wheel disc brake setup with 14.2″ vented front and rear rotors. Other braking features include regenerative braking , ABS with EBD, brake assist and hill hold control.
Braking from 70-0 mph can be done in 167 feet, and the brake pedal was quite firm and precise, which we liked. Frontal dive is minimal and the car doesn’t lose its cool under hard braking conditions. ABS is also not very intrusive in functionality.