Assumed exclusivity is virtually the whole point of the CLS, so it’s hardly surprising that the line-up (and the Shooting Brake specifically) is more expensive than conventional competition. Even the most expensive Jaguar XF Sportbrake – arguably the model’s closest current rival – is almost £4500 cheaper to buy and no more costly to run. Of perhaps equally pertinent note is the fact that the similarly well endowed (and considerably more practical) E350 CDI Sport estate is nearly £15k less than our test car.

Apart from its grandstanding visual presence, the premium does buy a respectable amount of kit. The powered tailgate, LED lights, seven-inch Comand multimedia system and Parktronic parking assistance are all standard, as is leather upholstery and metallic paint.

Matt Burt

Editor, Autocar
A high list price should guarantee at least relative exclusivity

Mercedes claims the CLS350 CDI Shooting Brake will manage a very reasonable 47.1mpg combined and emit only 162g/km of CO2. We averaged only 36.2mpg over our time with the car, and our touring figure of 42.8mpg also suggests that the Shooting Brake is likely to make good use of its 80-litre tank.

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