Chariot of the Gods: The Mercedes-Benz CLS 250 CDI reviewed

Last month I had the chance to drive the fantastic CLS 250 CDI.  I spent a weekend with this massive, 4-door coupé, falling in love with they way it looked, felt, and drove. I’m putting up a few excerpts here on my  blog; the full-review can be found in the June 2015 issue of Stuff India Magazine. Mercedes CLS 250 CDI First Test

“…The CLS is quite the rarity on our roads, and while that does lend it  even more of a cachet, it’s not that it needs any help. That’s ‘cos whether it’s standing still or overtaking everyone else, this fearsome 4-door, 4-seater coupé looks like the proverbial million bucks. Actually, make it a billion…

…But while the CLS has always been about melding styling flair with CEO-level luxury, it doesn’t mean that the tech aspect’s been pushed under the carpet. A new, fuel-efficient oil-burner might have replaced the previous model’s V6 petrol, but the diesel’s grunt, paired with the adjustable air suspension, makes the CLS a fantastic highway cruiser. And there’s other stuff to gladden  the hearts of the 21st century sybarite – the Harman Kardon sound system, the intelligent headlamps, the 3-zone climate control, and of course, the next-gen COMAND Online infotainment system….

…The next-gen ‘COMAND’ System
Infotainment systems have come a long way since someone decided to fit an 8-track to his car so he could listen to Elvis when stuck in a nasty gridlock. Merc’s new COMAND Online system is where the logical progression of tech has brought us. Flick around the control dial and watch the 8-inch display light up with the many Internet-connected apps: Mercedes Web Radio, TuneIn Radio, Weather, RSS feeds, text-to-speech news, Morningstar Finance, hotel search, and of course, a web browser. And yes, new apps can be added and updates applied over the air. Traffic jams just became a lot more tolerable! …”


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