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Any thoughts about the 2 . Was considering the s550 now for some reason the cls550 looks real sleek to me. Has anyone considered both and was torn between what to do

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No question, the S550 wins. It's an all around better car. I can't really think of anything that the CLS is better at, besides being overpriced and shorter. The S550 is at the top of the range and will hold its value better over time.
 

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Depends what you need or what you're looking for. If you don't usually carry passengers or at least more than three at a time, I'd probably go with the CLS.
 

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Go with the S550. The CLS is a nice looking car but doesn't drive like the S Class. Remember, the CLS is built on the E Class chasis. Nice but no comparison.
 

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No question, the S550 wins. It's an all around better car. I can't really think of anything that the CLS is better at, besides being overpriced and shorter. The S550 is at the top of the range and will hold its value better over time.
I actually have to disagree.

Im my experience, cls prices have held up much better than S class prices.

Build numbers perhaps?
 

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Depends what you need or what you're looking for. If you don't usually carry passengers or at least more than three at a time, I'd probably go with the CLS.
I agree, since back seat in my car is for occasional use only. The CLS is more stylish. I see plenty of both here, but still prefer the CLS.
 

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I actually have to disagree.

Im my experience, cls prices have held up much better than S class prices.

Build numbers perhaps?
The CLS had held a better residual value over the W220 (S500), yes. But not the W221 (S550). The CLS is older. It is based on a vehicle that was introduced in 2003. S was 2007. They really don't compete. If you want an E class, then get an E class.
 

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My wife originally went to get a S550, but after seeing the CLS550, she ordered one of those instead. The choice for her came down to looks and style. The CLS just looked like a far more fun and less "stuffy" car that still allowed her to carry at least 3 passengers with their own doors. The leg room in the rear seat is not that bad (if you're under 5'11" and the front driver or passenger doesn't play in the NBA). The S is no doubt roomier, with a slightly more refined interior, and has more "bells and whistles", but the performance, ride, and handling of both cars was outstanding with no real runaway winner (CLS had better handing in mountain curves, the S had a slightly smoother ride, both have great "get-up and go"). As for residual value, from what I've seen, both cars are pretty bad at holding any value, and even worse if you put a lot of miles on them, so any contrast there is just splitting hairs. She still plans on getting a S-class, she just decided to wait until we have kids and need the extra room. Until then, the CLS is a great car that turns heads, is a blast to drive, and starts conversations.
 

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Well at almost 500 pounds lighter, the CLS should be quicker, more economial and better handling. That is all based on the weight difference, since the engines are the same the CLS should accellerate faster, get better gas milage and handle better.

The stated 0-60 is the same, but the tested times put the CLS as being the faster car.

The CLS is set up as sportier chassis and suspension, this mainly being the AMG versions, but I do believe all the CLS's are setup stiffer and sportier. The S class has its advantages too though, its a smoother riding car and also quieter to be sure.

As for economy, thats truly simple, same engine and transmission, lighter body on the CLS.

Both good cars that serve their purposes, but their purposes are different. I might take the CLS for its sportier composition, but I certainly couldn't ignore the engineering in the S.
 

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I have to admit that the CLS would be my choice for several basic reasons. The CLS is still a luxury car, but its a coupe and has that extreme sporty look. It still looks good rolling up to a business meeting but classy enough to roll up to dinner with. Then you can take her on long trips and still get through traffic with ease. It doesn't say, I'm young, or I'm old. It has a conservative look on certain angels and aggressive stance in the AMG veriation.

The S-Class is a super sweet ride but after seeing so many I would say it takes allot to make an S-Class sportier looking. The S-Class is bigger and says much more about some one driving it. The S-Class does put you in a different social playing field but the CLS puts you in that same playing field with some humble fun to it.
 

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This thread has been quiet for a while but I still wanted to throw in my opinion,,

I was trying to decide between the cls and s550. the cls is basically a 4 door coupe, very stylish looks and you cant really knock it because it looks so nice.

I choose the S-class because i saw alot of cls's around here in nyc, especially due to the lease specials in september/october. also the cls I believe does not have the pano roof option because i havent seen any with a pano roof.

I choose the s550 with amg package with pano roof in artic white,,,about as sporty as the s class gets. I might tint the windows and add 22" alloy MB brand rims with a 4" lip that I saw at the local MB Dealer in brooklyn.
 

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I have to admit that the CLS would be my choice for several basic reasons. The CLS is still a luxury car, but its a coupe and has that extreme sporty look. It still looks good rolling up to a business meeting but classy enough to roll up to dinner with. Then you can take her on long trips and still get through traffic with ease. It doesn't say, I'm young, or I'm old. It has a conservative look on certain angels and aggressive stance in the AMG veriation.

The S-Class is a super sweet ride but after seeing so many I would say it takes allot to make an S-Class sportier looking. The S-Class is bigger and says much more about some one driving it. The S-Class does put you in a different social playing field but the CLS puts you in that same playing field with some humble fun to it.
Agreed--I vote for CLS, unless you have 3 adults to regularly lug around. The CLS is just an awesome looking beast, but with a sporty edge.:cool:
 

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^^^Thats how I feel. When the CLS first came out, I was at awe with how Mercedes took a huge risk with its very aggressive design. When I got to see one in person, I was taken at how it was very luxurious to look at. I also looked at the appointments and was impressed. It must be stated that it is hard to compare a CLS to an S-Class. I would say and not just because they share the same chassis, but it would be more comparable to an E-Class. Still if my pockets where right, I would go with an AMG CLS with all the bells and whistles. I wouldn't tint it, I like fresh sunlight in the cabin. BTW I have nothing against the W221. I think it is a superb vehicle with its own bragging rights. Interestingly enough I like the AMG w220 in baby blue a tad bit more then a w221, I don't know why but I do.
 

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I know that no one has posted here for a while but there something that you guys didn't talk about in the comparison.

I am also trying to decide between CLS550 and the S550. The only thing that is swaying me towards the S550 is that its AWD while the CLS550 is RWD. Can someone tell me what is their experience with driving these cars in the snow? I have never had a RWD car and almost everyone tells me that it is a pain in the ass to drive one in the snow.
 
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