Mercedes CLS 350 CDI
Rating 84 / 100
What: Mercedes CLS 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 4dr coupe (2,987cc, 261bhp, 0-100kmh in 6.2 secs); 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission; rear-wheel drive; Combined fuel consumption of 6l/100km; CO2 of 159g/km; VRT is 24pc; €447 annual road tax.
Cost: From €71,700. Range starts at €66,750. Delivery and related charges are extra.
Target Market: Senior executives, well-to-do couples.
Plus: Looks, cabin, engine, smoothness, boot.
Minus: Bend-low penalty to get in, lacks ultimate driving dynamism/handling of the Audi A7.
Standard Equipment: Huge spread of airbags, safety and comfort equipment; Direct Steer, climate control, cruise control with speed limiter.
Others to consider: Audi A7, BMW 6-series Coupe, prestige saloons.