2012 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2012 Mercedes‑Benz CL‑Class base trim shown

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Smooth, effortless acceleration
  • Progressive, strong brakes (CL550)
  • Highly adjustable front seats
  • Pillarless-coupe styling
  • Clarity of Night View Assist screen

The Bad

  • Limited headroom
  • Old-fashioned grab handles
  • Flimsy coat hooks
  • Limited backseat legroom for adults
  • Gas mileage
2012 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class

  • All-wheel-drive option
  • Parking guidance system
  • Standard collision-mitigation system
  • Blind spot warning system
  • Driver-assist technology
  • mbrace telematics system

2012 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

The CL-Class is the two-door equivalent of Mercedes' high-end S-Class sedan. With seating for four, the CL-Class competes with the Bentley Continental GT.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The CL measures a whopping 200 inches long, making it as long as some full-size SUVs. Exterior features include:

  • Dual stainless steel exhaust with chrome tailpipe finish
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Bi-xenon headlights include washers
  • AMG Sport Package with front/rear aprons, side skirts and 20-inch wheels

Interior
CL-Class coupes accommodate up to four occupants and have bucket-like rear seats. Interior features include:

  • Standard mbrace telematics system
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-closing trunk lid
  • Comand multimedia system
  • Burl walnut wood trim
  • Backseat DVD entertainment system available

Under the Hood
Typical of Mercedes-Benz, the CL-Class maintains a rich powertrain selection for 2012. Mechanical features include:

  • CL550 4Matic has a 429-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 with 516 pounds-feet of torque
  • CL600 has a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 with 612 pounds-feet of torque
  • CL63 AMG has a 536-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 with 590 pounds-feet of torque and start-stop technology
  • CL65 AMG has a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12
  • Five- or seven-speed automatic transmission
  • 4Matic all-wheel drive available
  • Self-leveling suspension system standard
  • Parking Guidance, which assists in parallel-parking maneuvers, is optional with adaptive cruise co...
Vehicle Overview

The CL-Class is the two-door equivalent of Mercedes' high-end S-Class sedan. With seating for four, the CL-Class competes with the Bentley Continental GT.

New for 2012
There are no significant changes for 2012.

Exterior
The CL measures a whopping 200 inches long, making it as long as some full-size SUVs. Exterior features include:

  • Dual stainless steel exhaust with chrome tailpipe finish
  • Standard power moonroof
  • Bi-xenon headlights include washers
  • AMG Sport Package with front/rear aprons, side skirts and 20-inch wheels

Interior
CL-Class coupes accommodate up to four occupants and have bucket-like rear seats. Interior features include:

  • Standard mbrace telematics system
  • Heated front seats
  • Power-closing trunk lid
  • Comand multimedia system
  • Burl walnut wood trim
  • Backseat DVD entertainment system available

Under the Hood
Typical of Mercedes-Benz, the CL-Class maintains a rich powertrain selection for 2012. Mechanical features include:

  • CL550 4Matic has a 429-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.6-liter V-8 with 516 pounds-feet of torque
  • CL600 has a 510-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-12 with 612 pounds-feet of torque
  • CL63 AMG has a 536-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 with 590 pounds-feet of torque and start-stop technology
  • CL65 AMG has a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12
  • Five- or seven-speed automatic transmission
  • 4Matic all-wheel drive available
  • Self-leveling suspension system standard
  • Parking Guidance, which assists in parallel-parking maneuvers, is optional with adaptive cruise control

Safety
Safety features include:

  • Side-impact airbags for both rows of seats
  • Side curtain airbags
  • Antilock brakes
  • Electronic stability system
  • Automated collision-mitigation braking system prepares car for impending impact
  • Optional adaptive cruise control adjusts speed automatically to maintain a preset following distance
  • Optional blind spot warning system available with adaptive cruise control
  • Standard Attention Assist system notifies drivers when they need a break, based on behavioral changes
  • Night View Assist with pedestrian detection

 


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Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class currently has 0 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2012 Mercedes-Benz CL-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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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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