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2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide


CARHP Editorial Updated on: November 14, 2019


Mercedes calls it the four-door coupe, you could call it a sedan, but whatever the body style, the AMG CLS is an aesthetically pleasing design with a powerful powertrain underneath its hood, despite the fact it has been downgraded from a potent V8 from last year. As its normal CLS variant, the stylish Mercedes AMG CLS 53 is a redesigned coupe, and is here to make a statement.

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Pros

Plush interior and quality

Striking exterior styling

Plenty of available power

Spirited handling

Cons

Backseat practically unusable for tall passengers

No touchscreen for Infotainment System

What's New?

The new 2019 Mercedes AMG CLS 53 comes with a redesigned styling, interior design, and engines. The coupe now has the capacity to seat five passengers.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$79900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

429 hp @ 6100 rpm

torque

384 lbs.-ft @ 1800 rpm

transmission

9-speed shiftable automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

64.8/64.5

dimensions

wheelbase

115.7 in.

length

199.1 in.

width

74.4 in.

height

56 in.

curb weight

4447 lbs.

ground clearance

4.7 in.

capacity

cargo volume

11.9 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.9 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

21/23/27 mpg

highway range

569.7 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

48 months. / 50000

corrosion warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

roadside assistance

4 yr. / 50000 mi.


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Styles

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designo Cardinal Red Metallic

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Ratings

Engine And Performance

8.5

Fuel Economy

8.2

Interior

9.4

Exterior

8.0

8.5

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 S-model

S-model

power
429 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
23 combined

$79,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
S-Model 4MATIC 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 9AM) Starting at $79,900 MSRP (21/23/27) 429 hp @ 6100 rpm, 3 L, I-6, premium unleaded (required)
9-speed shiftable automatic all wheel drive 5

Expert Review

8.5

Overall Rating


The Mercedes is propelled via all its wheels through 4MATIC system. Its powertrain consists of a 3.0L inline-6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission and this churns out 429 horsepower and 389 pound feet of torque. A 48-volt electric generator comes with the engine which produces 21 hp and 189 lb.-ft. of torque. The AMG CLS 53 comes with luxurious features and a host of safety features alongside a 12.3 infotainment system that is disappointingly not touchscreen.

Under its competition, the Silver Arrow goes up against the likes of Audi RS7 and its own Mercedes AMG E 53. Where does the CLS stand? Read on the review to find out.


 

8.5/10
Engine and Performance

 

8.2/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.4/10
Interior

 

8.0/10
Exterior

 
 
 
 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Features

Trims and feature

Mercedes offers the 2019 AMG CLS 53 in a single trim and this configuration comes standard with a 3.0L inline-6 engine mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission that churns out 429 horses and 384 pound feet of torque. The powertrain is further helped via an electric motor the manufacturer calls EQ Boost that delivers 21 horsepower and 189 pound feet of torque.

Driving all the wheels via the marque's 4MATIC system, the Silver Arrow comes with a host of luxurious features and safety tech. Although it lacks a tad bit in the use of modern technological features, the stylish CLS 53 brings out a great driving experience with a mix of sport and plush.

Trims

AMG CLS 53

MSRP

$79,900

Features

LED headlights

 

ECO Start/Stop System

 

EQ Boost Integrated Starter-Generator

 

64-Colour LED ambient lighting with illuminated vents

 

12.3 COMAND infotainment system

 

AMG Sport steering wheel

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Invest in the Driver Assistance Package priced at $2,250 and youd get a horde of active safety features like Steering Assist, Distance Assist, Lane Change and Keeping Assist, and more.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Engine and Performance

8.5/10

It's not just a pretty face. The 2019 Mercedes CLS-Class is a responsive and comfortable cruiser. -thecarconnection

Engine and Transmission

Fitted underneath the AMG CLS 53 is a monstrous 3.0L inline-6 mated to a 9-speed automatic transmission that churns out 429 horses and 384 pulling forces. Producing an extra 21 horses and 189 lb.-ft. of torque, the Silver Arrow is kitted with an electric motor, EQ Boost, that is powered by a 48-volt generator system.

The down-graded engine still charms and persuades with its readily-available power and smooth driving experience. Driving all the wheels of the coupe, the transmission produces accurate and responsive gear shifts. A brisk performer with power readily available, the CLS 53 is suited for both, the track, and city driving.

Amongst its rivals, the Audi RS7 is the most powerful in the competition, followed by the AMG CLS and E-Class and then in the bottom rests the Silver Arrow's youngest sibling, the AMG CLA 45.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

MSRP

$79,900

$114,875

$72,550

$53,100

Engine

3.0L inline-6 cylinders

4.0L V8

3.0L Intercooled Turbo Gas/Electric I-6

2.0L inline-4 turbo

Transmission

9-Speed Automatic

8 Speed automatic

9-Speed Automatic

SPEEDSHIFT DCT 7-speed dual-clutch

Power

429 @ 6100

560 hp@ 5700rpm

429 @ 6100

375 hp @6000 rpm

Torque

384 lb.-ft. @ 1800

516 ft-lbs@

384 @ 1800

350 lb.-ft. @ 2250 rpm

Acceleration

Zipping the Merc is the mighty inline-6 fitted under its hood, and this powerful machine powers the AMG CLS 53 from 0-60 MPH in 4.1s while racing the quarter mile in 12.7s. Despite being super quick with these figures proving to impressive, the German is beaten by its rival, the Audi obliterates the Silver Arrows fair and square.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

0-60 MPH

4.1 sec

3.6 sec

4.4 seconds

4.1 sec

Quarter mile

12.7 sec

11.6 sec

12.8seconds

12.3 @ 113 mph

Engine

3.0L

4.0L V8

3.0L

2.0 Liters

Emission

(Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

 

10.4

N/A

TBD

Braking and Handling

The luxurious and nimble AMG CLS 53 drives keeping in mind comfort and athleticism. This sports coupe offers an all-wheel drive system via its in-house 4MATIC system that balances the ride quality with optimal performance and plush driving experience. The coupe has commendable grip and positive steering feedback. Suffice to say, the Silver Arrow is a fun four-door coupe to drive.

Equipped with 14 disc brakes in the front and back, the Mercedes comes to a standstill in a panic brake test from 60-0 MPH in 115ft., that is similar to the distance its rivals take. Undulated and precise, the brake pedals don't feel mushy and provide good feedback when pressed.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Brake Front(in)

14.2

15.4

14.6

13.8

Brake Rear(in)

14.2

14

14.2

13

Curb weight(lbs.)

4420

4497

N/A

3450

60-0 MPH (ft.)

115

N/A

115

150

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Fuel Economy

8.2/10

In terms of fuel economy, the Silver Arrows perform similarly where the AMG CLA 45 delivers the most in the field but that is thanks to its smaller displacement engine. The AMG E 53 drinks lesser fuel as compared to the similarly equipped AMG CLS 53. The Audi RS is the worst of the lot with mediocre fuel efficiency.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

MPG (city)

21

14

21

23

MPG (highway)

27

21

28

26

MPG (combined)

23

17

24

30

 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Interior

9.4/10

For 2019, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 4-door coupe is as distinctive as ever. Its signature roofline and shapely greenhouse give the car a flowing, uninterrupted form that extends rearward to a new, more muscular fastback profile. -KBB

Seating and Comfort

Inside the AMG CLS 53, the cabin is flourished with luxury and opulence along with plush quality materials brushed across the trim. Sports interior design and opulent aesthetic finds itself in the AMG CLS interior along with athletic sports steering wheel with quality stitched seats as well.

The interior of the Mercedes comes with comfort and is equipped with the marque's sports division features. Seating 5 with stitched MB/Tex/DINAMICA upholstery, comfort with is found in the front seats with good levels of legroom and but limited headspace but constricted space in the rear for adults is a disappointment.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Passenger capacity

5

4

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

36.9/57.8/41.9

36.9/57.2/41.3

37.9/57.8/41.3

38.2/56/40.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

35.9/56.5/35

36.6/55.9/37.0

38.2/56.9/35.8

35.4/53.2/27.1

Interior Features

Some of the standard features include-

  • Power Front seats with memory
  • 3-passenger rear seat
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • MB-Tex/DINAMICA upholstery

Infotainment System

The AMG CLS comes equipped with an 12.3-inch COMAND infotainment system with a controller knob. Included in the infotainment system are some of the following features -

  • Satellite Radio
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Audio 20 CD system
  • Bluetooth audio streaming
  • COMAND Navigation
  • FrontBass System
  • No-Charge online Navigation Map with update for 3 years

Cargo volume

A big cargo space is an added incentive to luxurious coupes. However in the the AMG CLS 53, it is able to only hold 11.9 cubic feet of storage space, making it the worst of the lot amongst its competition whereas the Audi RS7 takes home 24.5 cubic feet, leading the field by a mile. Following the CLS footsteps, its younger siblings bring home their coupes with 13.1 cubic feet of space.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

Volume (ft. cube)

11.9

24.5

13.1

13.1

 

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Exterior

8.0/10

For 2019, the Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class 4-door coupe is as distinctive as ever. Its signature roofline and shapely greenhouse give the car a flowing, uninterrupted form that extends rearward to a new, more muscular fastback profile. -kbb

Design and Measurements

A restyled Silver Arrow, the new 2019 Mercedes AMG CLS 53 still looks gorgeous. Its long-hooded front fascia incorporates the large Mercedes chrome-accented insignia atop dual-slit front air intakes on either sides of the front bumper. The sleek ever-sloping roofline falling gracefully still charms with the new design while the side profile shows how abruptly the front get cut short, maintaining a long hood.

Driving on 19 AMG wheels and clearing merely 3.7 from the ground, the arched roofline showcase how the rear passengers may have issues with the headroom, especially when considering the tall adults. A 199 long and handsome design abound, the rear houses attractive taillamps and two mono-exhaust pipes on either sides.

Models

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53

Audi RS7 4.0 quattro sedan

Mercedes Benz AMG E 53

Mercedes-AMG CLA-45

curb weight (lbs.)

4447

4497

4134

3450

Length (in)

199.1

197.3

195.4

184.7

Width (in)

74.4

75.2

73.2

88.0

Height (in)

56

55.8

57

55.7

Ground clearance (in)

3.7

N/A

4.5

3.7

Wheelbase (in)

115.7

114.8

113.1

106.3

Track width (in) F/R

64.8/64.5

64.3/64

64.1/62.9

61.3/61.5

Exterior features

The Mercedes AMG CLS 53 boats some impressive standard features with the likes of -

  • AMG body styling
  • Unique styling elements
  • LED headlights
  • 19 AMG twin 5-spoke wheels w/black accents
  • Shark-fin antenna

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Safety

2019 Mercedes AMG CLS 53 Safety and Ratings

With plenty of tech, luxury, and power offered in the coupe, the marque has not forgotten to beef it up with safety features that should prevent from crashes and any sort of damage. While the IIHS and NHTSA are yet to rate the 2019 Mercedes AMG CLS 53, the Silver Arrow however packs a punch in features offered of which some of them include -

  • PRE-SAFE
  • Rearview Camera
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • ATTENTION ASSIST
  • Active Brake Assist
  • Car-to-X Communication
  • Brake Assist (BAS)
  • Adaptive Braking Technology
  • 7 air bags
  • Crosswind Assist

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Competition

Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 vs Audi RS7

Where performance matters, it's the Audi that takes the lead over the Mercedes AMG CLS. The 4-ringed coupe also houses a better quality interior alongside features but the Silver Arrow proudly exclaims the monstrosity and a tire shredding performance on track. What the purchase depends on is your selection of which brand youd prefer under your control.

Mercedes Benz CLS 450 vs Mercedes Benz E-Class

Differentiated between almost $10,000, the AMG E53 is equally powerful with similar performance. In terms of opulence, it is the AMG CLS 53 all the way that also features a more gorgeous exterior styling and luxurious interiors. Leaving aside a spacious rear seat in the E-Class, the sedan and the coupe are quite similar otherwise. Having said that, the CLS is a unique class in itself and if youre an enthusiast, you should know the CLS should be the one to opt for here.

2019 Mercedes-Benz AMG CLS 53 Final Verdict

The refreshed 2019 Mercedes AMG CLS 53 is luxurious sports coupe with a sporty and fashionable aesthetic. It has commendable performance and driving dynamics in mix with a host of opulent and sporty features, the Silver Arrow manages stands out when compared to the other sedans in the market.

However at $79,900, this sedan is definitely not for the price-sensitive buyers; rather, if you want the finest car with the aforementioned niceties including a powerful engine and ride, you have it here at a huge cost. Nonetheless, this sedan packs less technology of the modern age, can seat comfortably only 4 in the back albeit advertised as 5, and houses an abysmal trunk volume. But as time goes, the AMG CLS 53 will still go down as a legacy of the Mercedes lineup.