2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class Pricing, Specs & Reviews

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$67,950-$93,550
$63,194-$87,002
13 /CITY / 19 /HWY
Overall Quality
Overall Performance and Design
Predicted Reliability

What Changed for 2008:

  • Satellite radio added to standard equipment list

  • New 18-inch, 7-spoke wheels
Overview
According to Mercedes-Benz, the CLS was the first 4-door coupe. Launched in 2006, the CLS has the sleek, low roofline of a coupe, yet is a large and elegant sporty car that provides the convenience of four doors. Many auto industry observers have given high praise to the CLS design. Wood and leather cover many interior surfaces and the instrument cluster features three chronometer-type gauges. After its launch in 2006, the CLS received engine upgrades for 2007 as well as a standard hardon/kardon audio system and Mercedes Pre-Safe system. The CLS is covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class includes the CLS550 and the CLS63 AMG. The CLS550 comes with a glass sunroof; satellite radio; harmon/kargon Logic7 digital surround sound; a 6-disc CD changer; input jacks in the glove box for MP3 and iPod-style devices; a multifunction steering wheel; 10-way power adjustable front seats; 4-zone climate controls; cruise control; remote central locking with Smart Key; power windows; auto-dimming mirrors; electronic adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column; integrated garage door opener; rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers; high-gloss Laurel wood trim; leather upholstery; and floor mats. The CLS63 AMG adds AMG seats with Nappa leather or with double topstitching and alcantara insets, an AMG steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, AMG lap timer gauge, and AMG badging.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 has a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The power reaches the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission and can propel the car to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds. The car features Mercedes' Airmatic semi-active suspension and 18-inch wheels with high-performance tires. The powertrain is rated at 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

The CLS63 AMG has a 6.3-liter V-8 engine that generates 507 hp, propelling the vehicle to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds in Mercedes testing. The AMG version gets a special SpeedShift 7-speed automatic as well as AMG Airmatc suspension, AMG brakes, AMG aerodynamic body kit, sport exhaust, and high-performance wheels and tires. The AMG version of the CLS is rated at 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway.

Safety
In addition to Pre-Safe, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with anti-lock brakes with brake assist. The car also has tire-pressure monitors, front and side air bags for all occupants, side curtain air bags, and a driver-side knee air bag. The 2008 CLS has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
Mercedes-Benz accident researchers found that about two-thirds of all accidents are preceded by skidding, emergency braking or a sudden evasive maneuver-all of which can provide several valuable seconds of advance warning before impact. Additional engineering studies concluded that cars can be equipped to sense an imminent crash as much as five seconds before the actual impact. As a result, Mercedes engineers designed the Pre-Safe system to tension seat belts if the system senses an impending collision. Further, if the front passenger seat and any electrically adjustable rear seats are reclined, Pre-Safe moves them to a more vertical position so occupants are better protected in the event of an impact. The system also closes side windows, and if the vehicle skids, which can be a precursor to rollover, the system automatically closes the sunroof. If a crash is averted, the electric belt tensioners automatically relax and are ready to deploy again if necessary.

Pre-Safe reacts to uncorrected fishtailing (or oversteer) as well as \"plowing\" (or understeer) by using existing sensors for ESP stability control that measure steering angle, vehicle yaw and lateral acceleration. Emergency braking can also trigger Pre-Safe, which monitors sensors for the brake assist system as well.

What Changed for 2008:

  • Satellite radio added to standard equipment list

  • New 18-inch, 7-spoke wheels
Overview
According to Mercedes-Benz, the CLS was the first 4-door coupe. Launched in 2006, the CLS has the sleek, low roofline of a coupe, yet is a large and elegant sporty car that provides the convenience of four doors. Many auto industry observers have given high praise to the CLS design. Wood and leather cover many interior surfaces and the instrument cluster features three chronometer-type gauges. After its launch in 2006, the CLS received engine upgrades for 2007 as well as a standard hardon/kardon audio system and Mercedes Pre-Safe system. The CLS is covered by a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty with 24-hour roadside assistance.

Model Lineup
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class includes the CLS550 and the CLS63 AMG. The CLS550 comes with a glass sunroof; satellite radio; harmon/kargon Logic7 digital surround sound; a 6-disc CD changer; input jacks in the glove box for MP3 and iPod-style devices; a multifunction steering wheel; 10-way power adjustable front seats; 4-zone climate controls; cruise control; remote central locking with Smart Key; power windows; auto-dimming mirrors; electronic adjustable tilt and telescoping steering column; integrated garage door opener; rain-sensing intermittent windshield wipers; high-gloss Laurel wood trim; leather upholstery; and floor mats. The CLS63 AMG adds AMG seats with Nappa leather or with double topstitching and alcantara insets, an AMG steering wheel with aluminum shift paddles, AMG lap timer gauge, and AMG badging.

Powertrain
The 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS550 has a 5.5-liter V-8 engine that pumps out 382 hp and 391 lb.-ft. of torque. The power reaches the rear wheels through a 7-speed automatic transmission and can propel the car to 60 mph in less than 5.5 seconds. The car features Mercedes' Airmatic semi-active suspension and 18-inch wheels with high-performance tires. The powertrain is rated at 14 mpg city/21 mpg highway.

The CLS63 AMG has a 6.3-liter V-8 engine that generates 507 hp, propelling the vehicle to 60 mph in 4.3 seconds in Mercedes testing. The AMG version gets a special SpeedShift 7-speed automatic as well as AMG Airmatc suspension, AMG brakes, AMG aerodynamic body kit, sport exhaust, and high-performance wheels and tires. The AMG version of the CLS is rated at 12 mpg city/18 mpg highway.

Safety
In addition to Pre-Safe, the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS comes with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) with anti-lock brakes with brake assist. The car also has tire-pressure monitors, front and side air bags for all occupants, side curtain air bags, and a driver-side knee air bag. The 2008 CLS has not been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Technology
Mercedes-Benz accident researchers found that about two-thirds of all accidents are preceded by skidding, emergency braking or a sudden evasive maneuver-all of which can provide several valuable seconds of advance warning before impact. Additional engineering studies concluded that cars can be equipped to sense an imminent crash as much as five seconds before the actual impact. As a result, Mercedes engineers designed the Pre-Safe system to tension seat belts if the system senses an impending collision. Further, if the front passenger seat and any electrically adjustable rear seats are reclined, Pre-Safe moves them to a more vertical position so occupants are better protected in the event of an impact. The system also closes side windows, and if the vehicle skids, which can be a precursor to rollover, the system automatically closes the sunroof. If a crash is averted, the electric belt tensioners automatically relax and are ready to deploy again if necessary.

Pre-Safe reacts to uncorrected fishtailing (or oversteer) as well as \"plowing\" (or understeer) by using existing sensors for ESP stability control that measure steering angle, vehicle yaw and lateral acceleration. Emergency braking can also trigger Pre-Safe, which monitors sensors for the brake assist system as well.
Available Trims for the 2008 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class
Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
Name 5.5L (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 67950.00 Engine 5.5L/333 City/Hwy MPG 14/21
Name 6.3L AMG (4dr Sdn) Transmission Automatic MSRP 93550.00 Engine 6.3L/379 City/Hwy MPG 12/18

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INTERIOR
  • 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
  • AMG premium leather upholstery w/Alcantara shoulder areas
  • AMG multi-contour 10-way pwr heated front sport seats-inc: 3-position memory, pwr height adjustable active head restraints, adjustable lumbar, pneumatically adjustable side bolsters, thigh support
  • Rubber-studded stainless-steel pedals
  • AMG premium Alcantara leather-trimmed 4-way pwr tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel-inc: aluminum shift paddles, driver-programmable easy-exit, memory, audio & multi-function display controls
  • Hands-free communication system w/voice control
  • Premium leather AMG shift knob
EXTERIOR
  • 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
  • AMG front apron w/mesh intakes, side sills, rear apron
  • Silver grille w/(3) chrome ribs
MECHANICAL
  • 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
  • AMG 6.3L DOHC SMPI 32-valve V8 engine
  • AMG 7-speed automatic transmission w/AMG SpeedShift
  • Enlarged front/rear stabilizer bars
  • P255/35R19 front high performance tires
  • P285/30R19 rear high performance tires
  • 19 x 8.5" front AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • 19 x 9.5" rear AMG 5-spoke aluminum wheels
  • AMG pwr 6-piston perforated & ventilated front & 4-piston perforated & ventilated rear disc brakes
  • AMG dual-exhaust system w/(4) polished chrome tips
PACKAGE
    SAFETY
    • 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
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