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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5

Rivals

When it comes to luxury travel, few cars outside of the super rich Rolls Royce and Maybach arena, can match the Mercedes S-Class. The four-door saloon is the epitome of sophistication with unrivalled refinement, an interior that insulates you from the outside world and a beautifully styled cabin that blends classic and modern elements. All the... read more

PROS

Exceptional refinement, the pinnacle of luxury travel, superb performance, sophisticated cabin

CONS

High running costs, expensive to service

Audi A8 Saloon (03-11)

4 out of 5 4.0

As a luxury machine, the A8 barely puts a foot wrong, offering satisfying performance, spacious and luxurious interiors along with solid build quality. But despite this it's never proved as popular as rivals like the Mercedes S-Class and BMW 7-Series. This may be down to the conservative styling and play-it-safe handling dynamics, but it still has... read more

PROS

Superbly refined, excellent build quality, not as flashy as rivals

CONS

Slightly bland image, tame driving experience

Jaguar XJ Saloon (03-09)

4 out of 5 4.0

The XJ has been a success in the UK, but its traditional styling has struggled to win Jaguar new customers. The paradox of the XJ - a very modern car with traditional styling - has been tempered slightly with changes in 2007. While the revised exterior styling doesn't spectacularly transform the appearance of the car, it does seem to make it a... read more

PROS

Strong performance, hi-tech aluminium body, class leading diesel, supremely comfortable

CONS

Traditional styling unappealing to younger drivers

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