Interesting test drive report here of the Mercedes-Benz CLS 550.
Slipping in behind the wheel of the new CLS, the first thing you notice, is in fact, the wheel. The thick, leather-wrapped wheel with perforated sections at the 3- and 9-o’clock positions with cutouts for your thumbs feels great in your hands and is something a little different from Mercedes-Benz. And the steering itself is also something different. The electronic power steering is among the very best we’ve experienced from any manufacturer, with a direct response not found on recent M-B sedans. The feel tightens up when pushing the car a bit harder into corners while giving a nice, easy response for city driving.
The V8 has a nice little growl when pushed hard but quiets down at cruising speed. A stop-start feature to save fuel and reduce emissions is standard, and it worked seamlessly on our test drive in Tuscany. The seven-speed automatic can be manually shifted via steering-wheel-mounted paddles. When the car launches in the United States next spring, it will be offered with 4Matic all-wheel drive as an option.