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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon review

2006 - 2013 (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 55.0

At a glance

Price new £54,017 - £147,885
Used prices £1,528 - £17,687
Road tax cost £240 - £695
Insurance group 46 - 50
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Fuel economy Not tested to latest standards
Range 376 - 822 miles
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Available fuel types



Pros & cons


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


High running costs, expensive to service

Written by David Ross Published: 6 June 2019 Updated: 6 June 2019


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 engines offer strong performance but it’s actually the diesel – the entry-level model – that’s our pick of the range thanks to a great blend of refinement, economy and strong pulling power.

Rear passengers get the best deal with acres of space and wonderfully cosseting seats while for even more room there’s a long wheelbase version available.