Can you ever really make a five-seat estate car that looks elegant, sporty and still has scope for an Ikea trip?
Mercedes-Benz has done just that with its curvaceous new CLS Shooting Brake, which utilises aluminium throughout to keep heftiness down. Then there’s the AMG-tuned version (above), with an interior featuring Nappa leather sports seats and steering wheel, and Piano Black lacquer trim.
Among extra luxury options are a cherry-wood boot floor, exterior carbon-fibre package, lightweight 19in AMG triple-spoke alloys, ceramic disc brakes, “V8 Biturbo” badging, illuminated door sill panels, a rear diffuser and sports exhausts with twin chrome tailpipes. In this, you’ll rule the superstore carpark.
Essential because: It’s a practical wagon that won’t make you look like your dad.
Engine - 5.5-litre V8
Power - 518bhp
Top speed -155mph
0–62mph - 4.4secs
Price - £83,030