Long term tests

Mercedes CLS: Mercedes CLS 350 CGI

This month's big question for David Vivian and his Mercedes CLS is which suspension setting to use? Decisions, decisions...

Mercedes CLS 350 CGI

Since the first time I drove one, I’ve admired the air-suspension- equipped CLS’s three electronic damper settings: soft, medium and hard. So much easier than the M5’s massively configurable ‘if you’re not a computer systems analyst, better step away from the iDrive’ suite of suspension/traction permutations.

But now I’m getting restless. Soft seems, well, too soft. Medium is fine but an obvious compromise. So now I tend to leave it on hard and forget about it. Simpler still, of course. And the great thing is, the CLS still has a beautifully damped ride. And corners like a bastard. Result.

Running Costs

Date acquiredDecember 2006
Total mileage3547
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month887
MPG this month28.3mpg

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