The 2020 Mercedes-Benz CLS53 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 will give you a more powerful version of the Mercedes-Benz CLS. The all-wheel-drive CLS53 is tuned by AMG and features a turbocharged, electrically supercharged version Benz’s latest six-cylinder engine. It also has an upgraded suspension and steering to match the extra power. It’s the exact same package as the E53 sedan, but in a more stylish four-door-coupe body. This time there is no V-8, as this engine is reserved for the GT63, which is more exclusive and much more expensive. The CLS53 isn’t as unique as the earlier models, which will be criticized by some. The 2020 CLS53 is fast, attractive, and worthy of competition to the Audi S7 and BMW 8-series Gran Coupe.
What’s new for 2020?
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 has few changes. Graphite Grey has been added to the exterior color palette. All-weather floor mats can now be purchased as an option.
Pricing and Which One To Buy
The 2020 CLS53 includes basic features such as keyless entry, a power-closing trunklid and power-adjustable front chairs with heating and memory. There is also dual-zone climate control. You might expect leather seats at this price but the CLS is standard with vinyl or simulated suede upholstery. There are many options for leather, including a variety of metals, wood, and carbon-fiber trim. We recommend adding the Lighting package to get adaptive headlights and the optional three-zone climate controller to reduce back pain. The Driver Assistance package will also be available to provide all safety aids. The optional AMG performance exhaust should be a must-have. The CLS53 produces amazing pops and crackles when equipped. They don’t sound artificial.
Transmission, Engine, and Performance
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 is equipped with a turbocharged, electrically supercharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine, a 48-volt hybrid-assist systems called EQ Boost, a 9-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, and a 9-speed automatic transmission. With EQ Boost increasing the horsepower to 21 and 184 lb ft, the engine produces 429 horsepower and 384 lb ft of torque. The CLS53 was able to reach 60 mph in 4.0 seconds, and cover the quarter-mile in 12.5 secs at 111 mph. The inline-six is lively and eager to rev. The nine-speed provides quick upshifts as well as satisfying downshifts. Standard equipment on the Mercedes CLS53 includes adaptive dampers and air suspension. The CLS53 has an air suspension and adaptive dampers as standard. However, it can lose its composure when driving on bumpy roads and can feel fragile over uneven pavement. Similar E53 offers slightly more responsive handling and a more comfortable ride. The CLS53’s electricly assisted steering is a great feature. It provides a direct, rich feedback experience.
Fuel Economy and Real World MPG
The luxury sedan is very fuel efficient. The EPA rates Mercedes-AMG CLS53 CLS53 at 21/27 mpg in both city and highway ratings. On our 75-mph, 200 mile highway fuel-economy testing, the CLS53 returned 30 MPG.
Interior, Comfort, & Cargo
Mercedes is a master at incorporating the most recent technology into its interiors, while still maintaining the old-world luxury that Mercedes-AMG luxury sedans are known for. The CLS53 is no exception. The CLS53’s four-door coupe has a warm cockpit. The CLS53 rear feels more like a sedan rather than a coupe with its three-across seating arrangement and 40/20/40 split folding rear seat. However, the sloped roofline makes it less spacious for adults. The trunk capacity is just 12.0 cubic feet.
Connectivity and Infotainment
The 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLS53 has a 12.0-inch standard infotainment screen with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay integration, navigation and three USB ports. An upgraded Burmester 3D surround sound audio system and a head-up display are options. The optional AMG Drive Unit is an option that allows you to quickly access buttons on your steering wheel to adjust the car’s drivetrain and chassis settings. This feature cannot be used in conjunction with the heated steering wheel. AMG Track Pace is another add-on that allows you to store performance data from the vehicle in your infotainment interface while you drive on a road course.