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) E 350 d estate was nearly £15k less than our test car, and even the new generation E-Class Estate 350 d in AMG Line spec weighs in over £4000 less.
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.
Mercedes claims the CLS 350 d 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.