2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

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of the 2002 Mercedes‑Benz CL‑Class. Base trim shown.

2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Other than some new colors, not much is new in 2002 for the CL-Class coupe, which is essentially a two-door equivalent of the ultra-luxury S-Class sedan. Mercedes-Benz launched the CL500 for the 2000 model year, and the CL600 with V-12 power and a performance-oriented CL55 AMG soon followed.

Distronic Adaptive Cruise Control is optional. This radar-based system adjusts the car’s speed automatically to maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead. A Keyless Go option has also been added, and Mercedes’ Tele Aid telematics system offers an expanded selection of concierge-type services.

Exterior
Styling themes for these two-door models echo the appearance of the four-door S-Class sedan, and the automaker says the CL-Class “recalls the glorious Mercedes coupes of the past.” Flowing fenders, four oval headlights, a smaller sloped grille that displays the Mercedes three-pointed star emblem, and a wraparound back window help give the CL-Class a personality all of its own. The CL55 AMG has aerodynamic body trim, a firmer-than-usual suspension and 18-inch tires.

Measuring 196.6 inches long overall, the CL-Class coupe has a 113.6-inch wheelbase and is 73.1 inches wide. All CL coupes have Active Body Control — an active suspension system with electronic controls that continuously adjust suspension firmness. The system is intended to eliminate body roll and pitch during cornering, acceleration and braking.

Interior
Unlike Mercedes-Benz sedans t...
Vehicle Overview
Other than some new colors, not much is new in 2002 for the CL-Class coupe, which is essentially a two-door equivalent of the ultra-luxury S-Class sedan. Mercedes-Benz launched the CL500 for the 2000 model year, and the CL600 with V-12 power and a performance-oriented CL55 AMG soon followed.

Distronic Adaptive Cruise Control is optional. This radar-based system adjusts the car’s speed automatically to maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead. A Keyless Go option has also been added, and Mercedes’ Tele Aid telematics system offers an expanded selection of concierge-type services.

Exterior
Styling themes for these two-door models echo the appearance of the four-door S-Class sedan, and the automaker says the CL-Class “recalls the glorious Mercedes coupes of the past.” Flowing fenders, four oval headlights, a smaller sloped grille that displays the Mercedes three-pointed star emblem, and a wraparound back window help give the CL-Class a personality all of its own. The CL55 AMG has aerodynamic body trim, a firmer-than-usual suspension and 18-inch tires.

Measuring 196.6 inches long overall, the CL-Class coupe has a 113.6-inch wheelbase and is 73.1 inches wide. All CL coupes have Active Body Control — an active suspension system with electronic controls that continuously adjust suspension firmness. The system is intended to eliminate body roll and pitch during cornering, acceleration and braking.

Interior
Unlike Mercedes-Benz sedans that seat five occupants, the two-door CL-Class coupes are built for four passengers by using two bucketlike rear seats. The CL600 has unique Nappa leather upholstery and either burl walnut or chestnut interior trim.

A standard satellite-based navigation system has a touchscreen integrated into the dashboard. An SOS button is available for automatic emergency calling and is tied to the Tele Aid system, which also offers such services as travel reservations and sports/entertainment ticket purchases. Voice-activation operates the Bose audio system. An InfoServices option can deliver customized news headlines, stock quotes, sports scores, weather forecasts and other services via a wireless Internet connection.

Under the Hood
Three engines are still available. A 302-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8 goes into the CL500 and works with a five-speed Touch Shift automatic transmission that permits clutchless, manually selected gear changes when desired. Mercedes claims that the CL500 accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 6.1 seconds. The CL600 employs a 5.8-liter V-12 that generates 362 hp. And a 355-hp, 5.5-liter V-8 powers the potent CL55 AMG, which Mercedes bills as the “performance showcase.”

Safety
Door-mounted side-impact airbags for the front seats, curtain-type airbags that deploy from above the side windows to protect occupants’ heads and rear side-impact airbags that protect the torsos of backseat occupants are standard. The front passenger’s airbag deploys at one of two levels, depending on the degree of impact. Antilock brakes, traction control and an electronic stability system are also standard.

 
Reported by Jim Flammang  for cars.com
From the cars.com 2002 Buying Guide

Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.6)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(3.5)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

What Drivers Are Saying

(4.0)

Solid car you can be proud of

by Lifetoenjoy from Wisconsin on July 26, 2018

Rock solid engine when you do the spark plug and coil maintenance. Aluminum frame, Aluminum body parts, interior including dash leather and headliner parts, real wood, and solid switches and dials. ... Read full review

(5.0)

The car so far is very reliable.

by Smooth from Chicago on May 27, 2018

The vehicle is very comfortable and reliable. Very unexpectedly fast, and powerful. Also has a very sleek looking exterior. It?s truly the epitome of a luxury sports car. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2002 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class currently has 1 recall

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

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Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The CL-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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