Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake CLS350 7G-Tronic Review
Shooting win

Story and Photos by Benjamin G. Kline
7 Apr 2013

Introduction, Exterior

When Mercedes-Benz first launched the CLS back in 2004, they weren't expecting it to spawn a whole new market segment that would inspire rivals to follow in the footsteps of their four door coupe design.

Once again, the German carmaker is taking yet another bold step in their design with the Shooting Brake. While Mercedes isn’t the first to venture into producing sport estates, it is however the first to incorporate elegant design and gorgeous lines into what is usually a utilitarian segment.

Shooting Brake in its strictest term originated from the British in the early 19th century as a term for a vehicle that carried the shooting equipment for gentleman hunters. In recent times however, high-end bespoke coachbuilders have adopted the term for their two door custom-built wagon style vehicles. An example would be the latest offering from Touring Superleggera that based their Shooting Brake on a Bentley Continental GTC.



From the beginning, the CLS was always an exercise in bringing Mercedes-Benz elegant design concepts to the extreme. Despite being based on the E-class platform, the CLS appears much larger than its less illustrious sibling. Love it or hate it, the CLS arrests your eyes with its girth and sheer on road presence.

Personally, I think the CLS is brilliantly beautiful. A properly designed automobile should always have an exterior that appears as if a silk cloth has been draped over the hard points of the chassis. An impression that is further underlined by the matt colour applied on our test car.

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Engine Capacity 3498cc
Engine Type V 6
Compression Ratio 12:1
Bore x Stroke (92.9 x 86.0)mm
Power 306bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 370Nm @ 3500rpm
Power to Weight 167.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 6.7s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 250 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.7 km/L

Misc Technical Data

Transmission 7 -speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS
Drive Type FR
Steering Electric


Body Type Wagon
(L x W x H)
(4956 x 1881 x 1416) mm
Wheelbase 2874 mm
Turning Circle 11.27 metres
Kerb Weight 1830 kg
Boot Capacity 590 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 80 L


Brakes (Front) Ventilated Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs