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Metallic - Emerald green
As with other dark metallic colours, there’s a danger that Emerald green can hide too many of the car’s lines, but the warmth and depth of this shade makes up for that and the CLS really does look very, very handsome indeed in this colour. The best of the bunch.
Metallic - Graphite grey
Like Obsidian black, it’s likely that many CLS buyers will just default to this dark metallic grey, but like the black it’s a colour that just washes away the CLS’ handsome lines, so it rather torpedoes the point of buying a car such as this.
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Metallic - High tech silver
Another default Mercedes colour choice, but one that works very well with the CLS as it allows you to really see the car’s styling, which is after all the whole point.
Metallic - Mojave silver
Mojave silver is one of Mercedes’ strongest paint offerings, and it’s a warmer and more welcoming shade than a more conventional, brighter silver metallic. On the CLS’ low-slung shape it’s especially effective.
Metallic - Obsidian black
As with other models in the Mercedes lineup, Obsidian black works just fine, and it is a deep and rich version of metallic black, but it arguably just hides too much of a car’s styling and when the car is as handsome as the CLS, what’s the point in that?
Metallic - Selenite Grey
You’d think Selenite grey would work fine here, but it’s a duller, flatter shade than either Mojave or High-tech silver, and so it tends to hide the CLS’ natural handsomeness. It’s OK if you want a plain, but classy, colour but there are definitely better options.
Metallic - Spectral blue
We’ll mark this down under ‘brave choices’ as the brightness of Spectral blue doesn’t quite work on the CLS’ lines — at least not in the UK. In sunnier climes it would look really good, but here under our wintry skies, it just doesn’t work.
Solid - Polar white
Speaking of better options, this isn’t one. Who on Earth would buy a car as expensive and gorgeous as the CLS and put this plain, ordinary shade of white on it?
Manufaktur metallic - Diamond white
Speaking of white, this is much better colour than plain Polar white, with a richness and a depth that makes the CLS’ lines pop, rather than fading them into the background. Even so, it’s tricky to get white to work on a car as large as this, and we’re not sure Mercedes has been entirely successful here.
Manufaktur metallic - Hyacinth red
A bright red on a car like the CLS could easily look garish, but Hyacinth red just about gets away with it, managing to look striking rather than desperate for attention. It’s arguably not the classiest colour in the CLS’ palette but it works better than you might think.