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I drove a $112,000 Mercedes AMG CLS53 Coupé to see if the four-door could combine luxury and power — here’s the verdict


Mercedes AMG CLS53 Coupe

The 2019 Mercedes AMG CLS53 Coupé is a fastback four-door with a 429-horsepower engine that gets some boost from a small hybrid-electric system.
The AMG CLS53 deftly combines power and style.
The sticker price is steep, but for this much luxury and performance to come in a single package, it’s ultimately a bargain.
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Mercedes-Benz has really been doing it for me lately. I’ve driven a bunch of MB vehicles, and every single one has seriously impressed me. At every level, from fit-and-finish to technology to style and performance.

I’ve honestly never been all that hot on Benz. But the car maker is one of those things: it’s always simply there, at the top of the mountain, telling all comers to bring it on. You might not appreciate the brand’s commitment to ostentatious luxury, but over time you can’t deny that Mercedes does it right.

So I’ve spent years assuming Mercedes’ excellence without really coveting it, as I’ve dallied with BMWs, Porsches, Audis, Lexuses, and so on. That’s all changed in a hurry as I’ve sort of decided to approach Mercedes as a blank slate. With that in mind, it hasn’t taken long for the brand to etch a deep impression in my consciousness.

Case in point: the 2019 AMG CLS53 Coupé, which I recently sampled.

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The 2019 Mercedes AMG CLS53 Coupé that I tested had a base price of $80,000 but was optioned up to $112,000.

Anytime you’re looking at a car that’s going to set you back a down payment on a house, you’re dealing with an expense that has to be considered. But I’ll cut to the chase: the AMG CLS53 Coupé crams so much value into the fastback sedan form that I truly think it’s a bargain.

OK, do you need to spring for the car in a “Selenite Grey Magno” paint job with a “Bengal Red and Black Nappa Leather” interior, for a total additional outlay of roughly $7,000? Perhaps not. But then again, the exterior on my tester was gorgeous, and the interior was memorable. So you could call it an investment in your ongoing happiness.

The design of the CLS53 Coupé is what much of the residual sedan market seems to want these days: a hatchback, with sloping glass from a curved roofline. This is what MB means by “coupé,” which of course traditionally denotes a two-door hardtop. The AMG CLS53 I drove around for a week saw its fastback culminate in a dramatic carbon-fiber spoiler. A bit much? Yes. But why not?

I also got 20-inch AMG five-spoke wheels, to go along with some high-performance rubber. An AMG carbon-fiber extras package tacked on another three grand to the price. And an AMG “Night Packages” added $650 worth of shimmery, goth-y blackness to the exterior.

Back in the day, I wasn’t much of a fan of these fastback four-doors, but I’ve come around. True, the CLS53 can come off a big “humpy,” like a stretched-out turtle. But overall, …read more

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