Which handles better 2009 E350 CDI or CLS350 CDI?

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  1. aeroadster

    aeroadster New Member

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    Hi,

    I know this might get a few subject comments, but I'd like to find out if anyone has owned or driven both of these cars for any length of time and if so, which one handles better on A roads and which one is better for eating motorway miles?

    Thanks
     
  2. def90cars

    def90cars Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    I would think the CLS is better as it has wider track.
     
  3. blue gnome123

    blue gnome123 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    It probably depends if one has airmatic, big alloys / low profile tyres?

    Otherwise they use the same chassis and weight about the same I think?
     
  4. C240Sport97

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    CLS also has lower center of gravity
     
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    miro Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The w219 CLS interior bolts into the w211 E. So the internal experience will be identical as the seating geometry is the same.

    Only wheels, tyres and suspension can account for the difference.
     
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    whitenemesis MB Club Veteran

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    CLS body is far stiffer than the E class, as commented in many reviews. The CLS will handle better than it's E class equivalent
     
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    219 interior is quite different to 211. 219 is 4 seater for a start, window apertures are completely different, doors are frameless.
     
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    blue gnome123 Hardcore MB Enthusiast

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    The 2009 e350 should be a 212?

    According to the autocar on my desk there is 15kg between a 212 and 219. The 219 will be slightly lower and slightly stiffer but surely marginal?
     
  9. KillerHERTZ

    KillerHERTZ Administrator Staff Member

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    It doesnt just bolt in, different interior shapes entirely. For starters the doorline is far higher on a W219. They may share the same chassis and have the same overall foot print, but everything else is different.

    Next time im at my folks ill post some photos of my car next to my Dads W211
     
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    aeroadster

    aeroadster New Member

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    I read that the 2009 face lifted CLS was still based on the original 2002 E-class platform. The 2009 e-class chassis is apparently much stiffer and lighter than it's predecessor.....hence the question.

    Yes, the suspension setup, centre of gravity, and any difference in the un-sprung weight i.e. the alloys will make a difference, but I'm wondering whether this was marginal or significant when comparing the two.

    I'm sure I noticed that when scanning the forum that one member had both such cars, but being a newbie, I couldn't send a PM so I'll need to see if I can trace the member again.

    I'm sure he said he preferred the CLS, but didn't say what his reasons were.
     
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