2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 review: A good companion on the highway


The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 is an upgrade of the previous AMG-badged CLS model. It boasts of advanced features synonymous with latest cars.

Newer car brands come with more advanced features than their previous models. And the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 meets that standard in many ways. It’s an upgrade from the AMG-badged CLS, doing away with the loud V8 engines in exchange for a more effective 3.0-liter six cylinder engine that’s turbocharged.

In addition to its generator and starter assistance, the vehicle makes provision for occasional accelerative support. There’s no discrimination with the 184 pound-feet of electric twist as it works effectively with all but gets rid of any visible lag present in the turbocharger of the engine.


The CLS 53 gives up driver engagement for muted responses and numb controls

Performance: The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 does sixty miles per hour in 4.4 seconds

The power produced pressurizes the CLS 53 to go off the mark with the force of a cork shooting off a Champaign bottle being opened. In just 4.4 seconds, it achieves an impressive sixty miles per hour. This might be a far cry from the 3.5 seconds which the older CLS 63 S takes to cover the same distance but it isn’t bad. Getting such a performance from a mid-sized sedan requires a good spending of nothing less than $136,500 on the spiritual successor of the CLS 63’s.

The CLS 53 isn’t a pushover. For starters, it’s far from being an analogue. It enhances the CLS 63, ushering it into a new sub-category that enables the sleek sedan to go beyond limitations posed by the Benz-badged CLS 450, pressing down the brakes in regard to the crazy performance the 63-badged footwear has to offer.

By all means powerful with a dynamic capability, the CLS 53 gives up driver engagement for muted responses and numb controls. Its steering falls short in terms of getting a grip of the car for swift turns. The brakes are good to step on initially, but they aren’t without signs of fading after a number of miles covered. Its insulated cabin gives the driver and passenger so much space to keep a distance even as they both enjoy a ride – a minus for people who like to engage through a journey. Despite this, the sound from an overrun and the more conspicuous rumbles find their way into the passenger’s area.


There’s the zeal of the nine-speed automatic transmission to go a gear down at the snap of a finger

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 is a good companion on the highway

The open road is home to the 4,447 pound vehicle. Its components such as the standard air suspension system, slop-free steering and vault-like construction validate the CLS 53’s claim as a perfect companion on the highway as long as the suspension doesn’t leave its default comfort setting.

Driving in slow-moving traffic isn’t a herculean task, courtesy of the 384 pound feet of torque powertrain that can be attained at a very low 1,800 rpm, and remains steady through 5,800 rpm. There’s also the zeal of the nine-speed automatic transmission to go a gear down at the snap of a finger. Users also get to enjoy the option of manual control due to the responsive mounted paddle shifters of the metal steering wheel. Comfort isn’t far away when seated in the front seats that are heavily bolstered.

The setup of the all-wheel-drive is nothing short of standard, and pushes up about 50% of the grunt in the powertrain, and sometimes, does a rearward of about 100%.

Making good use of support gotten from the Pirelli summer tires fixed on optional 20-inch wheels, the CLS 53 is undeterred, maintaining its poise in dynamic circumstances. But that only lasts until you push the vehicle beyond its limits – you are bound to see its nose running wild. Keep up the pace by engaging the accelerator pedal beyond the apex, and watch the rear end as it temporarily comes out preceding its all-wheel-drive system.


The 2019 Mercedes AMG CLS 53S takes away its engagement level, it has a very comfortable AMG-badged CLS

There’s more to desire in rear-seat headroom

The CLS 53 gets a thumb down for its inadequate rear-seat headroom, very small 11.9 cubic-foot trunk and presence of the command system originally belonging to older models of Mercedes. This deprives it of the newer MBUX setup befitting of a newer model.

The 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 has superior technology in exchange for an eight-cylinder forebears brawn. Although this takes away its engagement level, it has a very comfortable AMG-badged CLS.

Pricing information

The base price of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 is $79,000 (N28,400,300).


Features of the 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 include the following:

  • Turbocharged and Supercharged 3.0-Liter I6
  • 9-Speed Automatic Transmission
  • 429 Horsepower / 384 Pound-Feet Output
  • 4,447 Pounds Speed 0-60 mph
  • All-Wheel Drive Type
  • 130 MPH (Electronically Limited) Fuel Economy
  • 4,447 Pounds Weight
  • 5 Seating Capacity
  • 11.9 Cubic Feet Cargo Volume

Video: First look for 2019 Mercedes-AMG CLS 53 "Edition 1" @ Mercedes Benz of Encino with Anoush S2-Ep7

Chris Odogwu