2022 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ | Millennial Mother’s automobile assessment

It is not the commuter automobile I would like, however I would not thoughts one in all these sitting fairly in my driveway

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It’s not a sports activities automobile. It’s not a commuter automobile. It’s known as a coupe, however it has 4 doorways. Make it make sense. I can perceive why somebody would need to drive the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+, however who is definitely shopping for one in all these and why?

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Is it enjoyable to drive? Sure, in case you like feeling jerked round. Does it garner appears to be like? Positive, individuals stare a bit. Is it loud? Completely, however that’s a great factor on this case (proper?). Is it price $120,000? Effectively, that’s a query for the proprietor, who I assume would say sure, a thousand instances over. However for me, it’s a no. 

I do know it’s completely incomparable, however $120k may put me in this spacious 2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer, and I’d take that over this, any day. 

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I feel it’s necessary that we get just a few issues cleared up:

  1. A small coupe/sedan is clearly not one thing that will simply match into my life-style with three little children, so I’ll strive to go away that a part of my life out of this assessment; plus
  2. I’m not hating on Benz — in actual fact, I cherished the GLE 350, however I suppose that’s largely because of the further area, which implies I’m already speaking about that a part of my life; additionally
  3. Efficiency vehicles aren’t my cup of tea, however that’s a significant factor in relation to AMGs; and eventually
  4. In case you’re studying this assessment, you then’re in all probability already irritated that I haven’t gotten to the necessary specs, so with none additional ado—

The examined 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 is Excessive-tech Silver (that’s an important half, proper?) which isn’t to be confused with the opposite silvers and greys supplied, similar to Mojave Silver, Graphite Gray, and even Traditional Gray — you don’t want to be the one who mixes up the totally different shades. Observe: it prices an additional $4,900 to be Traditional.

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Final yr, I reviewed a vibrant yellow 2021 Mercedes-AMG CLA 35, about which I felt very uncomfortable, partially resulting from imposter syndrome, in addition to racial profiling in relation to driving and regulation enforcement. A big concern for me was the brilliant yellow paint that makes the automobile the centre of consideration, particularly when surrounded by different bland-coloured automobiles, or actually any family-hauler of any color. Whereas imposter syndrome usually will get the most effective of me, I did really feel much more comfy driving this muted-grey color that doesn’t scream “take a look at me!” whereas I’m driving.

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In case you’re in search of one thing with illuminated door sill panels, that is the automobile for you — for an extra $250. However then once more, that’s basically pocket change after you’ve spent the examined automobile’s price ticket of $118,750 (earlier than freight and taxes). The bottom worth of this AMG is underneath $100,000 — $99,900 to be actual — however when you begin including the choices, that base shortly turns into a skyscraper. 

This one features a bunch of packages, however you possibly can blame it on the addition of the 20-inch AMG five-twin-spoke aero wheels, in matte black, which power the addition of the $1,900 AMG Driver’s bundle and $4,800 Premium bundle. Granted, you do get some good things with these two packages. For instance, the Driver’s bundle additionally provides an AMG Efficiency steering wheel and exhaust system, plus the highest velocity will increase to 210 km/h. (However why? Freeway 401 is nowhere close to the Nurburgring.) The Premium bundle provides a Burmester encompass sound system that may actually get the occasion (for 2, perhaps three passengers) began, Keyless-Go, a 360-degree digital camera, heated entrance armrests, in addition to heated rear seats.

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2022 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ Picture by Renita Naraine

Let’s discuss these rear seats. I do know I stated I wouldn’t discuss household as a result of that’s not what this automobile is for, however in case you’re questioning (and I’m certain you’re not) three automobile seats do not match into the again seat. In actual fact, you’d be fortunate in case you match three individuals with out automobile seats. If I’m driving, there’s an sufficient quantity of area for somebody to sit down behind me. Nevertheless, if somebody taller is driving or sitting within the entrance passenger seat, then the again seats are ineffective for people — however may simply match a suitcase on the seat. However why would you need to put something on these Bengal Crimson Napa leather-based (no further value!) seats? Except for probably ruining them, doing so would cowl up the stunning color. Color is sweet. Use the cargo area as a substitute — there’s not a lot, however the 490L of area must be adequate for at the very least a small suitcase.

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I can recognize the AMG carbon-fibre trim all through the entrance of this tester, even when it’s an extra $2,500. It appears to be like distinctive and stands out amongst all the opposite choices, like gentle brown high-gloss sen wooden and brown open-pore walnut wooden, that we’ve seen time and time once more.

One factor that I discover actually annoying is when luxurious manufacturers withhold sure options from their mannequin lineup — usually commonplace options in non-luxury automobiles — to be added for an extra value. For instance, $100 further for a foot-activated trunk launch. Or on this tester, it’s the $1,500 head-up show. Nevertheless, If I’m within the mindset of a businessperson advertising a luxurious product, I’m in all probability considering — primarily based on extremely researched knowledge — somebody buying such an costly automobile may go for it on the further worth, after which the corporate income. On the flip aspect, as a middle-class Millennial mother of three younger children, if a head-up show was a $1,500 possibility on my Honda Odyssey, it might be a tough move on one thing that I actually don’t want — but when it’s commonplace, then cool.

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2022 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ Picture by Renita Naraine

A pair different issues to note up entrance:

  • The little exhaust pipe button beside the trackpad prompts a barely noticeable enhance in sound — I don’t see what all of the fuss is about;
  • The round button on the backside of the steering wheel lets you select from Slippery, Particular person, Consolation and Sport modes; and
  • You’ll be dazzled by the illuminating vents. However you gained’t be dazzled by how complicated the round vent is to place for the right quantity of warmth or air in your face. Double the confusion in case you’re making an attempt to achieve the again seat’s vents to purpose it at somebody, probably a child who can’t attain it on their very own.

This 2022 refresh was type; the local weather management buttons are nonetheless precise buttons and never hidden in a touchscreen. The 12.3-inch touchscreen is fairly straightforward to make use of, however I’m not a fan of the touchpad — although it’s arguably higher than different touchpads. As soon as linked to Apple CarPlay, every little thing turns into a bit of cake. In case you’re used to talking to your trendy tech, then it’s also possible to say “Hey, Mercedes” to activate features on the touchscreen. 

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The $3,000 Clever Drive bundle provides a bunch of security options like energetic steering help, lane-keeping help, lane-change help, emergency cease help, and route-based velocity adaptation. Lots of these options must be commonplace for one thing that’s almost $100k.

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2022 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4MATIC+ Picture by Renita Naraine

Again to my principal query: who is definitely shopping for one in all these? Effectively, it’s seemingly a loyal Mercedes shopper. Possibly one who simply needs one as a result of they merely need one, and fairly frankly, I’m okay with that. It’s positively a looker with its swoopy silhouette. And people purple brake calipers (a part of the $900 Monitor bundle) actually pop towards the opposite toned-down colors. If it’s only for appears to be like, as shallow as it could be, I wouldn’t thoughts one in all these on my driveway.

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Lastly, the 2022 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 4Matic+ will get its energy from a 3.0L turbocharged inline-six-cylinder that works with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. For a hybrid automobile, although, it’s delicate and pretty on level with its opponents, and its gas numbers are nonetheless fairly excessive — it has a mixed score of 10.3 L/100 km, 11.6 metropolis, 8.8 freeway. It boasts 429 horsepower, plus an extra 21 hp with EQ increase, and 384 lb-ft of torque. It could dash to 100 km/h in 4.5 seconds — roughly the equal time it takes my child to repeat “Are we there but?” 4 instances.

General, as I discussed earlier than, this isn’t the automobile for me, neither is it making an attempt to be. It was not created for my life-style and that’s completely okay. If it wasn’t for the jerky experience and complicated vents, I could be extra open to liking this little automobile with a snug driver’s seat. Because it stands, my cash is best spent elsewhere — however that doesn’t imply I don’t need one in my driveway, simply to say I’ve one.

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