2004 Mercedes-Benz CLK 270 CDI 2.7 turbo diesel


Excellent coupe


The third brake light casing broke and needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

Superbly comfortable cruising coupe with an excellent interior, and in my opinion one of the most beautiful Mercedes.

This is our first Mercedes and the first impressions are great. We purchased the car with 120000 km and it barely feels run in. It was in very good condition inside and outside. The car has an automatic transmission, which suits the 2.7 diesel engine perfectly. 0-100 km/h takes around 9 seconds, which is not all that fast, but the 400 Nm of torque make overtaking effortless in the 60 - 150 km/h range.

The car is not so great in corners, but still better than most cars, but stay alert if you switch the ESP off, especially when it's wet.

The interior is in posh two colour gray leather with really excellent seats which make a difference with long highway journeys. The noise at 160 km/h is really low, so this helps as well. Obviously it has good aerodynamics, which helps with the fuel consumption, which is 7.2 l/100 km (35 mpg) on average for the last 4000 km. On long highway journeys it is closer to 6l/100km (40 mpg) at 130 km/h average speed.

Another thing that I really like is that it lacks a B-pillar, and when you put all the windows down it feels like a convertible.

The only drawback that I can think of is the transmission which allows the tiptronic mode, but is really not meant for sports driving on twisty mountain roads, so this is the only place that I prefer to drive my petrol Alfa Romeo 147 more.

Everything else the Mercedes does better.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th June, 2009