Long term tests

Mercedes CLS 350 CGI

Our Merc's electronics have developed a sense of humour

Odd but true. Recently, whenever I select reverse to manoeuvre into a parking slot, the nearside door mirror has taken to angling itself skyward instead of helpfully pointing towards the kerb as it was designed to do. At first it was quite funny (as in I’m driving the first Mercedes-Benz in history with a sense of humour). But now it’s just annoying (as in the CLS is hard enough to park anyway and the comedy’s wearing a bit thin). I’ll be interested to hear the explanation at the first service.

This is rather overdue now but, as usually seems to be the case with cars that overrun their official slot by a few miles, I’ve never known the CLS run more sweetly or more frugally.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Subscribe now and get your first 5 issues for £5 or buy the latest issue in all good newsagents!

I’m spending a fortune at the car wash, though. Don’t know what’s in the rain round hear but it looks an awful lot like cement dust. And black shows it off to perfection.

Running Costs

Date acquiredDecember 2006
Total mileage12,745
Costs this month£0
Mileage this month1169
MPG this month28.8
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/porsche/911/201958/porsche-911-gt3-vs-gt3-rs-vs-gt2-rs-track-battle
Porsche 911

Porsche 911 GT3 vs GT3 RS vs GT2 RS - track battle

Porsche’s GT3, GT3 RS and GT2 RS are the most hardcore of the 911 breed, but pitched head‑to‑head which will we crown champion?
15 Nov 2019
Visit/ferrari/201950/new-ferrari-roma-612bhp-198mph-gt-car-joins-the-range
Ferrari

New Ferrari Roma: 612bhp, 198mph GT car joins the range

Ferrari has expanded its GT car range with the V8 powered Ferrari Roma
14 Nov 2019
Visit/buying-advice/19675/used-car-deals-of-the-week
used cars

Best used cars for sale this week

We’ve delved into the classifieds and chosen our favourite cars for sale this week
15 Nov 2019
Visit/hyundai/201819/hyundai-i30-fastback-n-versus-the-nurburgring
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

We brought the Hyundai i30 Fastback back to its spiritual home in Germany's Eifel mountains, where there is a racing track you might well have heard o…
7 Oct 2019