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This car has been superseded by a newer model, click here to go to the latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class review.

Parkers overall rating: 2.5 out of 5 2.5
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (91-99) - rated 2.5 out of 5
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PROS

Pedigree, quality, engineering.

CONS

Size, sky-high running costs, fat-cat image.

At a glance

New price £39,940 - £102,840
Fuel economy 16 - 23 mpg
Road tax cost £265
Insurance group 40 - 50 How much is it to insure?

PROS

Pedigree, quality, engineering.

CONS

Size, sky-high running costs, fat-cat image.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class rivals

Audi
A8
3 out of 5 3.0

Old-generation S Class is technologically sophisticated, but just too big. Virtually unrivalled for prestige, comfort, power and reliability, these behemoths lack the discreet elegance of the BMW 7-Series or Audi A8. For some, they were the ultimate symbol of the plutocrat. Their star is on the wane now that the less conspicuous, current S-Class is on the used market in large numbers.

Values will suffer as a result.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class rivals

Audi
A8
3 out of 5 3.0