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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon review

1999 - 2005 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 3.5 out of 53.5

At a glance

Price new £41,385 - £142,580
Used prices £889 - £6,610
Road tax cost £325 - £395
Insurance group 40 - 50
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 368 - 678 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


Solid, sleek, bags of road presence, extremely comfortable


Expensive to run, only one diesel choice

Written by Parkers Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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.