Mercedes CLS Shooting Brake - iDrive

It’s not big but the new Mercedes
Shooting Brake is certainly beautiful

Price: From £49,385 (£71,695 as tested)
Tested: CLS 350 CDI
Engine capacity: 3.0-litre V6 diesel
Power Output (bp @ rpm): 265 @ 3,800
Top Speed (mph): 155
0-60 mph (seconds): 6.6
Fuel economy (mpg): 47.1
CO2 emissions (g/km): 162

Its name implies that the CLS Shooting Brake should be a huntsman’s best friend. You know, the sort of car that’s happy messing around the muddy lanes of Wiltshire and running its tweed-wearing owner to his shoot and back to Monty’s place for a haunch of venison and a bottle of Malbec.

There are two problems with this scenario though; it doesn’t come with four-wheel drive so won’t cope with anything more than a muddy field and thanks to its sloping roof, there isn’t really enough space in the back for our chap’s guns and hounds.

Don’t get me wrong. The new CLS Shooting Brake isn’t a cramped car, but rather than being a proper roomy ride, it’s an attempt by Mercedes to introduce a touch of style and luxury to the boxy world of estates. Think of it as less flashy than an SUV but more premium than a standard estate. As if to illustrate this its boot can even be fitted with an optional cherry-wood deck. I mean, who on earth needs a boot made of wood? Certainly not someone who actually has dogs or takes their garden rubbish to the tip – think of the scratches. It wouldn’t be an easy leap for your Labrador either, with tight rear arches encroaching on the boot aperture on both sides.

Don’t let these practical niggles put you off the Shooting Brake immediately though. Estates spend most of their time on the motorway or school run and this one is a luxurious place to spend time. And unlike most estates, it’s a very nice thing to look at to boot. It won’t set the world of fire in terms of driving dynamics but its sporty looks and sleek lines are translated into just enough handling prowess to push it along nicely at speed. Its 3.0-litre V6 unit is a peach, offering power whenever you need it without sacrificing too much on the economy and emissions front. Thanks to a partial air-suspension set-up it will float over B-road bumps and potholes with aplomb and has terrific motorway touring manners. Simply put, it ticks all the premium car boxes. That shouldn’t come as a surprise as it’s all these attributes that make the CLS, the luxury coupe the Shooting Brake is based on, a hit with executive car drivers.

The problem is that however desirable (very) and pretty the Shooting Brake is, it’s hard to get away from the fact that it’s an estate in a slinky body. It simply doesn’t have the space of its boxy rivals. If I can live with this compromise, then it’s a wonderful way to shift some of your stuff around in luxury, style and comfort. You can get an E-class with an extra 400 litres more space (with the seats down) for £10,000 less though... can you, or your bank manager, live with that?

  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs General

    Cancer Research UK: Corporate Partnerships Volunteer Events Coordinator – London

    Voluntary: Cancer Research UK: We’re looking for someone to support our award ...

    Ashdown Group: Head of IT - Hertfordshire - £90,000

    £70000 - £90000 per annum + bonus + car allowance + benefits: Ashdown Group: H...

    Ashdown Group: Application Support Analyst - SQL Server, T-SQL

    £28000 - £32000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Application Sup...

    Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst / Data Analyst (SQL Server, T-SQL, data)

    £28000 - £32000 per annum + Excellent benefits: Ashdown Group: Systems Analyst...

    Day In a Page

    Major medical journal Lancet under attack for 'extremist hate propaganda' over its coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

    Lancet accused of 'anti-Israel hate propaganda' over coverage of Gaza conflict

    Threat to free speech as publishers of renowned medical journal are accused of inciting hatred and violence
    General Election 2015: Tories and Lib Dems throw their star names west to grab votes

    All noisy on the Lib Dems' western front

    The party has deployed its big guns in Cornwall to save its seats there. Simon Usborne heads to the heart of the battle
    How Etsy became a crafty little earner: The online market has been floated for £1.2bn, but can craft and capitalism coexist?

    How Etsy became a crafty little earner

    The online market has been floated for £1.2bn, but can craft and capitalism coexist?
    Guy Ritchie is the latest filmmaker to tackle King Arthur - one of our most versatile heroes

    King Arthur is inspiring Guy Ritchie

    Raluca Radulescu explains why his many permutations - from folk hero to chick-lit hunk - never cease to fascinate
    Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations for the man or woman on the street?

    Apple Watch: Will it live up to expectations?

    The Apple Watch has apparently sold millions even before its launch tomorrow
    Don't fear the artichoke: it's a good cook's staple, with more choice than you'd think

    Don't fear the artichoke

    Artichokes are scary - they've got spikes and hairy bits, and British cooks tend to give them a wide berth. But they're an essential and delicious part of Italian cuisine
    11 best men's socks

    11 best men's socks

    Make a statement with your accessories, starting from the bottom up
    Paul Scholes column: Eden Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo

    Paul Scholes column

    Hazard would be my Player of the Year – but I wonder if he has that appetite for goals of Messi or Ronaldo
    Frank Warren: Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal

    Frank Warren's Ringside

    Tyson Fury will be closely watching Wladimir Klitschko... when he wins it'll be time to do a deal
    London Marathon 2015: Kenya's brothers in arms Wilson Kipsang and Dennis Kimetto ready to take on world

    Kenya's brothers in arms take on world

    Last year Wilson Kipsang had his marathon record taken off him by training partner and friend Dennis Kimetto. They talk about facing off in the London Marathon
    Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad but it's not because I refuse to fly

    Natalie Bennett interview: I've lost track of the last time I saw my Dad

    Green leader prefers to stay clear of her 'painful' family memories but is more open about 'utterly unreasonable' personal attacks
    Syria conflict: Khorasan return with a fresh influx of fighters awaiting the order to start 'shooting the birds'

    Khorasan is back in Syria

    America said these al-Qaeda militants were bombed out of the country last year - but Kim Sengupta hears a different story
    General Election 2015: Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North for Ukip?

    On the campaign trail with Ukip

    Is William Cash the man to woo Warwickshire North?
    Four rival Robin Hood movies get Hollywood go-head - and Friar Tuck will become a superhero

    Expect a rush on men's tights

    Studios line up four Robin Hoods productions
    Peter Kay's Car Share: BBC show is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade

    In the driving seat: Peter Kay

    Car Share is the comedian's first TV sitcom in a decade. The programme's co-creator Paul Coleman reveals the challenges of getting the show on the road