The CLS 250 CDI BlueEfficiency Shooting Brake follows a recent launch of the Jaguar XF Sportbrake with both aiming for a particular sector of the business car leasing sector. Both slightly dubiously named, but the CLS is the one that has the braver looks. The saloon CLS has been really well received and you see more of them on the road than you would expect for a £50,000 car.
We don’t think the Shooting Brake will be any less a success. There are some fantastic lease deals out there for Mercedes-Benz right now and we expect the good future value of this beauty to make it good value on a business lease.
The car itself is another tour de force from Mercedes Benz. It will carry 5 adults and their luggage or a family and all their camping gear.
The 250 CDI BlueEfficiency is actually a 2.1 litre producing over 200 bhp with a sub 140 g/km CO2 emission and carrying a tax penalty of just 22 per cent. As seems to be Mercedes policy with models launched this year, they are throwing spec at them. As standard you get Parktronic with Active park assist, auto climate control, leather interior and Bluetooth.
Mercedes have also thrown in air suspension and paddle shift control on the steering wheel. Mercedes don’t often get the ergonomics and drive of any vehicle wrong and when the pedigree is as good as this, its no surprise that this one drives so well. The instrument panel is typical Mercedes clear and the gearbox is superb.