The Mercedes-Benz CL500 is Glass’s Used Car Hero for November, giving buyers a taste of super-luxury motoring for the price of the cheapest new hatchbacks.
The C215 version, made from 2000-2007, was based on the contemporary S-Class and cost around £70,000 new – but good examples can now be had for a tenth of that price.
Each month, Glass’s editors hold a meeting to name the current Used Car Hero in the UK market – the model they believe currently offers outstanding value, quality and ability.
Robert Redman, forecast values editor, said: “This is a genuine top-of-the-range grand tourer that was only bought new by the wealthy. It is very well specified, a stylish and comfortable way to travel.
“It is also a Mercedes-Benz built in the ‘old way’ if properly maintained it will last for many more years and probably prove to be a sound investment.”
The only downside, Robert, added, was that running costs tended to be in line with the CL500’s upmarket status.
“This was a very expensive car powered by a range of V8 and V12 engines. Buying a good one is now very affordable – but you also need the money to keep it on the road.
Robert highlights some key points that make the CL500 a “Hero”:
WHY IS THE CL500 A USED CAR HERO? Well specified, a stylish and comfortable way to travel. A Mercedes-Benz built in the “old way”, that if properly maintained it will last for many more years and prove to be a sound investment.
WHEN WAS IT ON SALE? The CL500 was produced from 2000-2007.
WHAT’S GOOD? Great specification – leather upholstery, COMAND system, Bi-xenon headlamps, walnut trim, TV and more – pretty much anything you’d ever need in a car. Also, this is a proper GT car with strong performance and a ride quality that strikes the right balance between sporting and comfort.
WHAT’S BAD? Due to their affordability, some have been run on a shoestring and so their condition will have suffered. These were £70-80,000 new and have running costs to match.
IDEAL BUY? Buy on condition and history rather than by age or mileage. £6,000-£7,000 should buy a good example.