2006 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2006 Mercedes‑Benz CL‑Class. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Performance of CL600 and AMG models
  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Refinement
  • Resale value of CL55 AMG

The Bad

  • Price
  • Fuel economy
  • Control layout

Notable Features of the 2006 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

  • Four potent powertrain choices
  • 604-hp CL65 AMG
  • Stylish two-door profile
  • Mercedes-Benz pedigree
  • Seven-speed automatic in CL500

2006 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz is notorious for introducing high-performance AMG editions of its passenger cars, and the CL-Class is no exception. A supercharged V-8 became available in the CL55 AMG for 2003. Mercedes-Benz added an even hotter CL65 AMG with a 604-horsepower twin-turbo V-12 for the 2005 model year.

Equipped with Active Body Control and special AMG spring struts with firmer damping, the CL65 AMG is one of four versions of the rear-wheel-drive CL-Class coupe. Mercedes-Benz says that model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The CL-Class is a two-door equivalent to the German automaker's high-end S-Class sedan.

For 2004, the CL500 got a seven-speed-automatic transmission, which replaced the prior five-speed unit. A DVD navigation system and MP3 player were added, and 18-inch wheels could be installed.

An AMG Sport Package is standard on 2006 versions of the CL500 and CL600. Keyless Go, a heated steering wheel, corner-illuminating fog lamps and an electronic trunk closer are now standard on the CL600. Options include Distronic Adaptive Cruise Control, which adjusts speed automatically to maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead.


Exterior
The CL coupe's styling themes echo the appearance of the S-Class sedan. Flowing fenders, four oval headlights, a wraparound back window and a smaller sloped grille that displays the familiar three-pointed-star emblem help give the CL-Class a personality all its own.

Befitting its lofty-performance st...
Vehicle Overview
Mercedes-Benz is notorious for introducing high-performance AMG editions of its passenger cars, and the CL-Class is no exception. A supercharged V-8 became available in the CL55 AMG for 2003. Mercedes-Benz added an even hotter CL65 AMG with a 604-horsepower twin-turbo V-12 for the 2005 model year.

Equipped with Active Body Control and special AMG spring struts with firmer damping, the CL65 AMG is one of four versions of the rear-wheel-drive CL-Class coupe. Mercedes-Benz says that model can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The CL-Class is a two-door equivalent to the German automaker's high-end S-Class sedan.

For 2004, the CL500 got a seven-speed-automatic transmission, which replaced the prior five-speed unit. A DVD navigation system and MP3 player were added, and 18-inch wheels could be installed.

An AMG Sport Package is standard on 2006 versions of the CL500 and CL600. Keyless Go, a heated steering wheel, corner-illuminating fog lamps and an electronic trunk closer are now standard on the CL600. Options include Distronic Adaptive Cruise Control, which adjusts speed automatically to maintain a preset distance behind the vehicle ahead.


Exterior
The CL coupe's styling themes echo the appearance of the S-Class sedan. Flowing fenders, four oval headlights, a wraparound back window and a smaller sloped grille that displays the familiar three-pointed-star emblem help give the CL-Class a personality all its own.

Befitting its lofty-performance status, the CL55 AMG coupe has aerodynamic body trim, a firmer suspension and forged 18-inch wheels. The CL65 AMG features high-performance brakes and rolls on 19-inch, twin-spoke wheels.

All CL-Class coupes have Active Body Control, which is an active suspension system that continuously adjusts firmness to eliminate body roll and pitch during cornering, acceleration and braking. Xenon high-intensity-discharge headlights include washers. A power moonroof is standard.


Interior
CL-Class coupes accommodate up to four occupants and have bucketlike rear seats. The CL600 has unique Nappa leather upholstery. Each model contains either burl walnut or chestnut wood interior trim.

A standard satellite-based navigation system has a touch-screen integrated into the dashboard. An SOS button for automatic emergency calling is tied to the Tele Aid system. A Bose audio system is installed.


Under the Hood
Four engines are available. A 302-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 goes into the CL500. The CL600 employs a twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 that generates 493 hp and 590 pounds-feet of torque. A 493-hp, supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 powers the CL55 AMG, and the CL65 AMG holds a 604-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12 that cranks out a whopping 738 pounds-feet of torque. The CL500 has a seven-speed-automatic transmission with Touch Shift manual control. Other models use a five-speed-automatic transmission that permits manually selected gear changes. The CL55 AMG's transmission incorporates a SpeedShift provision.

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


2006 CL-Class Video

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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.4)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

Best car I?ve ever owned.

by Stink from Norfolk Virginia on June 2, 2018

Very stylish and sleek looking and sounding. A must drive. This car always turn heads. Very close to exotic looking. People always compliment me at traffic lights and gas stations. Read full review

(5.0)

Great Car

by Speco from Nashville on June 28, 2017

I enjoyed this vehicle more than any other I have owned. It is a real value for the money. However, at about 120K miles a few expensive things went wrong and had to be fixed. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2006 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class currently has 0 recalls

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

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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