Comfort or Sport CLS500

Discussion in 'Wheels, Tyres, Brakes & Suspension' started by MacCLS500, Oct 29, 2011.

  1. MacCLS500

    MacCLS500 Active Member

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    Have completed about 1000 miles in the CLS500 and in Comfort setting very nice ride no complains. Thought I would today try Sport mode and see what the drive is like. It seems a lot smoother and a better drive or is it a physiological thing SWMBO said she could not tell the difference between Comfort or sport. How do other members feel and what do they drive in for a say motorway trip or other road, seems to excellerate better, I suppose thats the sport mode. You may gather this is my first Mercedes so feeling my way.
     
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    I just changes the gearbox mode doesn't it?

    Unless the CLS has a form of airmatic suspension.
     
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    Yes it does have airmatic suspension. I believe. Can adjust the ride height or it does it all automatically.
     
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    I know on the old mans BMW you can set up three settings, comfort, sport and sport+.

    For each of those settings you can then choose the damper settings and the chassis and accelerator settings, Sport+ chooses the firmest suspension, the highest rev gear change and a very twitchy throttle response.


    I would guess the Merc allows similar? Or at least just change the throttle response and firms things up a bit as I can't see the point of it holding gears to the redline.
    I bet Mercs settings are far more subtle and more usable than BMWs.
     
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    Must admit that Sport mode seems slightly stiffer. I think I prefer the subtle change in Sport Mode, seems very positive compared to comfort. mode
     
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    I know on the S Class the firmest setting is nicer for 90% of the time, actually more relaxing as it is more planted, in fact the only time I reckon comfort works well is on really rough surfaces were you are going up a track at 10mph or something.

    However it would always default to the soft setting which was so annoying.
     
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    For the most part i use comfort setting but for motorway driving i like sport 1,i have used sport 11 but the only difference between that & sport 1 i can tell is the car is lowered by 15mm.My wife is a non driver(thank god:))& she can't tell the difference between the airmatic suspension settings.
     
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    Comfort for town and rutted roads.

    Sport I for A roads, and brisk driving

    Sport II for motorways, and more agile driving
     
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    In mine, which is also my first Merc, it has Normal/Sport I/Sport II which changes just the suspension.

    C/S/M just changes the gear programmes.

    C starts it off in 2nd and changes sooner.

    I leave it on Sport II and S except that if you do 70mph/80mph, if the motorway has a choppy surface, you feel like you are sat in a baby bouncer so Normal is useful and does make a lot of difference.

    Conversely, the car feels very planted at speed in Sport II whereas in the others, it feels like it might lift off.

    I thought all this suspensionage functionality would be wasted but I've used the car lift and all the various settings quite a lot.
     
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    I also have airmatic inmy E class , I find the sport 1 setting to be the best . I think the cars to soft on comfort and on sport 2 its like a roller skate .
     
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    mine is lowered all round by 1.5 inches, so its planted whatever setting the airmatic is in, i now mostly use the comfort. I've had the gearbox setting in S since i had it and only just tried C yesterday. Its better for heavy traffic, but i'll be putting it back in S me thinks.

    6 months on and i'm still in love....
     
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