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...

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.

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Running Costs

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

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