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Should you buy a Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

Such greatness doesn’t come cheaply, although that will hardly be a surprise if you’re considering buying a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon: prices start north of £70,000 for the S 350 d AMG Line, closing in on £200,000 at the upper echelons of the range. And that’s before you start adding from the vast array of optional extras.

Most buyers will find the diesel-sipping S 350 d suits their needs ably without being crushingly expensive to run, although we can appreciate the allure if your budget stretches to the V8- or V12-engined version. The plug-in hybrid could appeal if you're an executive looking for manageable company car tax, but you'll need to be charging it at every opportunity and have a relatively short commute to really benefit from the powertrain. 

Either way, you absolutely should buy an S-Class if it fits with your needs. Comfort levels are sublime, whether you're in the back or the front of the car, you can expect supreme levels of luxury across the range and a vast amount of advanced technology too. What's even more impressive is that this car is still the best of its kind, despite newer versions of the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series becoming available since the Merc was launched. 

2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class rear