Date registered: Mar 2012
Vehicle: 2017 CLS550
Location: East Texas
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Good video and very informative. I have had a 2017 550 for over a year now and could not be more pleased with looks and performance. I really need to see the 2019 in person to make a valid judgement but from the photos alone I prefer my car but it is so close I would consider it a virtual tie. The chrome treatments set off my car much better than the 2019 which has no highlights making the whole thing look a little antiseptic and bland. The rear of the 2019 is just ugly and I certainly do not like the front lights. The muscular haunches of my generation car makes the car look mean, yet lean. The 2019 only looks slick and lean but not muscular.
The interior of my car is dated. The 2019 is absolutely beautiful and takes in much of the current E and S class structure and design. I would think the quality of materials is the same but the layout of the new car truly stands out. The "5th" seat addition in the rear is just a gimmick and a non factor for me unless I needed a place to seat my chiwawa.
So, for me anyway, it is a tie in terms of appearance. For the exterior I like the more muscular, chrome highlighted car I have. For the interior, I prefer the updated version and by a considerable margin.
The question you asked is preference based on appearance only. But since I have a tie between the interior and exterior, I must rely on an additional factor - performance. I do not know how the new in line six will perform. All I know for certain is that the v8 twin turbo I have in my 550 is an absolute beast! I've actually clocked it doing 4.5 sec/60 mph and it is all this old man can handle. I shudder to think what the AMG is like! That 278 motor is one of the greatest engines Mercedes has ever built outside of AMG. I owned a 2012 Mercedes six cylinder car in the past and although it was not an in-line, there is simply no comparison with the "beast" I now have.
I could be wrong but I do not believe the new car will match what I have in terms of performance. For this reason I will keep what I have for a while longer.