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TEST - why you should buy a new Mercedes CLE (2023) now - AutoReview.nl

These are strange times right now. Wars, political landslides and a croissant that is also a tompouce. Right now you want a car in which you can enjoy as much as possible, in peace and quiet, on every journey. So empty your piggy bank and buy the new Mercedes CLE Coupé. Or do as we do: take a test drive.

Two-door coupes are cars for bon vivants who love driving. In the Mercedes CLE Coupé, the most desirable seat is behind the wheel. The steering wheel and dashboard are familiar from the Mercedes C and GLC class, with configurable instruments and a large central touchscreen for operating numerous functions. It all looks sleek and beautifully finished.

Excellent course stability

After just a few kilometers we know that the Mercedes CLE is ideally suited as a comfortable and relaxing travel car. The chassis smoothes out imperfections from the smallest to the most coarse as if the asphalt were covered with velvet. Driving noises remain far in the background and the excellent directional stability also contributes to the high level of comfort. You very rarely have to make a steering correction to keep the car within the lines.

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Mild-hybrid

The four-cylinder turbo engine of the Mercedes CLE 300 4Matic we drove fits perfectly with this relaxed character. A stroke volume of two liters is enough for him to deliver a civilized performance and never imposes himself by raising his voice inappropriately. Partly thanks to the use of a mild hybrid system, the engine offers sufficient pulling power at any speed: 400 Nm is already at your disposal at 2000 rpm.

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Light-footed

As befits the best coupes, the Mercedes CLE is not exclusively built for hours of mileage on straight highways. He certainly doesn't shy away from a beautiful route through picturesque hilly landscapes and unspoilt mountain areas. On the contrary: despite its weight of 1.8 tonnes, the CLE 300 4Matic steers lightly from one bend into another. Even though the cornering speeds are high, the car never loses balance. The line between grip and (civilized) slip is miles away.



Mercedes CLE price

Traditionally, Mercedes coupe models never leave the dealer for a rock-bottom price. The new Mercedes CLE Coupé is no exception to that rule. The car is currently available in two flavors. The Mercedes CLE 200 (204 + 23 hp) costs 69,763 euros, the Mercedes CLE 300 4Matic we tested is listed for 79,618 euros in the price list. Both engine variants are used Mercedes equipped as standard as a very complete AMG Line.

Read the full test of the new Mercedes CLE Auto Review 11/2023.

This post was last modified on November 27, 2023 6:05 am

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