The refreshed CLS faces a lot of tough competition nowadays in the segment it created. The Volkswagen CC is not really in the same league, so let’s leave that one out for this compare. The Jaguar XF Supercharged and XFR provide better performance numbers (at least on paper) and is a better looking car. The Audi A7 is also a better looking car, but only offers a 3.0L supercharged V6 at the moment, though the upcoming S7 will offer more power to place it in the same league as the CLS550. The CLS550 starts at $71,300, placing it in good company vis-à-vis the Jag and the Audi. The tester CLS550 with its long list of impressive comfort and safety options comes in at just over $82 Gs. You don’t get all the amenities and the prestige that comes with the three-pointed star for cheap.
There are certainly more stylish ways to spend $80k these days, but none of these options are as unapologetic looking as the Mercedes Benz CLS-Class. For those who crave the safety, the luxury, and more importantly the prestige bestowed by Mercedes Benz, there is no substitute.