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Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 5 3.5
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (99-05) - rated 3.5 out of 5
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At a glance

New price £41,385 - £142,580
Used price £665 - £6,150
Fuel economy
Not tested to latest standards
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Road tax cost £280 - £340
Insurance group 40 - 50 How much is it to insure?


Solid, sleek, bags of road presence, extremely comfortable


Expensive to run, only one diesel choice

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This S-Class looks sleekly poised and is less of a heavyweight than the previous model, though it has retained its imposing identity and presence. Thanks to the Active Body Control system the handling is sharpened up so much that the old car feels stodgy by comparison. The big Mercedes has shed some pounds (though not in price) and has been revitalised and almost reinvented in the process.

Enthusiastic drivers may still prefer the leaner and sportier-looking BMW 7-Series, but this more dynamic S-Class is every bit as imposing.

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