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After waving farewell to my Porsche I have entered the much more sensible world of the Mercedes CLS 500 which is large and comfortable – like my stomach, says Simon Mouncher

The cars I have chosen over the past few years have had to adapt according to my life. With fatherhood looming, I have sadly waved goodbye to my Porsche 911 and entered the much more sensible world of the Mercedes CLS 500.

I have to admit it was a tough decision and took a great deal of soul searching as I had my heart set on a new Porsche Turbo, but I finally purchased my silver Mercedes four months ago.

My decision was helped not only by the lack of space for a baby seat in the Turbo but also by Pete Thomson of Mortgages PLC. Despite having a Turbo himself, his poor performance on a Porsche track day meant he managed only seventh place behind a Porsche Cayman driver so it made me realise it’s not the car but what you do with it that counts.

I’m starting to get used to the Mercedes as it is large and comfortable – a little like my stomach according to my girlfriend. It has a powerful engine and reaches 62.5mph in 6.1 seconds. Unfortunately, it needs a fuel tanker to follow alongside as it only does about 18 miles to the gallon. The seven speed automatic transmission has taken a bit of getting used to as well, but means it’s easy to handle and runs smoothly.

As well as having four doors – something I’m not used to since my Porsche days – the CLS 500 also has lots of baggage space. With the onslaught of changing bags, spare clothes to avoid baby sick disasters and baby seats I’m sure I’ll be putting all this extra space to good use.

According to the Mercedes website the CLS 500 was made to combine the “strong, emotive charisma” of a coup矷ith the “comfort and practicality” of a sedan. For me, it means I can still have some of the fun I had with the Porsche while having a family car.

But I am still hoping that the new baby will grow up to become a professional footballer and look after his dad. Then I won’t have to compromise – I’ll get the Turbo and keep the Mercedes too.


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