The verdict: The new CLS450 is a technological tour de force and an unimpeachable grand tourer that makes it easier than ever to travel in both comfort and style.
Versus the competition: Competitors might offer more performance and sharpness on the road, but they can't hang with the CLS' combination of supreme comfort and luxury.
The sleek 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS450 is almost an ideal luxury vehicle. It's a technological, stylistic and material testament to the finer things, but never dips into ostentatiousness; it's what I call "restrained luxury." It slips by on the road barely noticed, but inside, it's a serene cocoon that blocks out the rest of the world.