First ride in the CLS four-wheel

With the new CLS presents Mercedes the tenth 4MATIC series. First exit in wintry climes

Key data
PS kW265 hp (195 kW)
driveAll-wheel drive, permanent, 7-speed automatic transmission
0-100 km / h6.7 seconds
top speed250 km / h
price66.000,00 €

A whopping 46 models, Mercedes now with all-wheel drive (4MATIC) in Germany - making it more than any other premium manufacturer. In the autumn of next year, the numbers 47 and 48 are in the form of CLS 350 CDI and 500 4MATIC (408 horsepower) to do so. On snowy Austrian Alpine passes, we could check the winter performance of the diesel variant for the first time. In the new CLS, the transfer case is integrated into the housing of the standard seven-speed automatic transmission. The torque distribution between front and rear axle is normally 45 to 55 percent, if necessary, the multi-plate clutch center differential also sends but up to 70 percent to the front or rear.

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This is all done quickly and completely unnoticed by the driver. Even on increasing road four-wheel drive puts the power of the powerful diesel engine into vehement propulsion. After a short wheel spin when starting the 265-hp sedan takes no nervous twitching tail swiftly ride on and also shines on curvy turf with a neutral driving behavior. Indecisive switch between understeer and oversteer? None. When the all-wheel version of the Stuttgart Beaus is available in time for next winter, the price is around 66,000 euros amount (2600 euros extra). Performance and consumption are, despite the higher weight (plus 70 kg) and greater friction losses almost at the level of the rear-wheel drive. Fun without remorse is guaranteed.
Alexander Lidl

Technical specifications
cylinderV6, 4-valve, turbo Diesel Particulate Filter
kW / hp
1 / min

3800 U / min
Max. Torque. (Nm)
at 1 / min
1600 - 2400 U / min
power transmission 
transmission7-speed automatic transmission
driveAll-wheel drive, permanent
landing gear 
brakesv: ventilated discs
h: slices
tiresv: 245/45 R 17 Y
h: 245/45 R 17 Y
Weight (kg) 
Curb weight (factory)1810
Acceleration / intermediate sprint 
0-100 km / h (s)6.7
Top speed (km / h)250
test consumptionK. A.
EU consumption6.4l / 100km (Diesel)
reachK. A.
Exhaust emissions 
Carbon dioxide CO2 (g / km)168