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Overall reader verdict 4 out of 5 stars

  • What's it like to drive
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Running costs
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Quality, practicality and equipment
    4 out of 5 stars

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13 reader reviews for Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon.
  • S320 CDI 4dr

    gardner dixon , tyne @ wear . Date: 31/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Average MPG
      28

    My car

    This is second review my s320sdi is eighteen months old i have had a lot of bother with it, 6ooo miles on the clock 2000 going back and forth to the garage, the car is still the same, the mercedes dealer wants nothing to do with it, my next car will be a B.M.W

  • S320 CDI 4dr

    ANDREW TAYLOR , W.YORKS . Date: 23/10/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      3 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Five months and 12000mls since I gave this car a 5 star review and now .....oh my god!!!!!!!!

    Rattles galore, steering creaks clatter and bangs, gear box clunks and it keeps "coughing and chugging" sometimes when you start it.

    Doesn't need the sat nav to the main dealer its been so many times!!!!!

    But I still love the 35 to 38 mpg!!!!!

  • S320 CDI 4dr

    Philip Wand , . Date: 01/06/2007
    • Overall verdict
      3 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      2 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      3 out of 5 stars

    My car

    Be prepared for a deluge of annoyances and pointless features symptomatic of the modern trend for complication! While the engineering and quality are improved no end, actually living with the car can at times be genuinely irritating.

    Aside from COMAND, which is the crowbarred-in nuisance we now expect from the Germans, the single most aggravating thing is the car's seven-speed box. It holds onto the wrong gear, snatches/thumps when you hesitate (eg. at busy roundabouts), and searches endlessly on a trailing throttle.

    My old S-Class allowed you to select comfort suspension and a sports box, giving you the ideal combination of responsive throttle but pliant ride. The new one links the two settings, meaning if you want fast reactions to your right foot you also have to have to have firm suspension. So it stops feeling like a luxury car.

    It's also too big. The previous model shrunk when you drove it and was a cinch to chuck down small lanes. Because of the trend for high flanks, the new one can feel unwieldy and that rising bonnet and flared arches mean it's trickier to negotiate narrow streets.

    Overall the new S rides superbly - it's better than any other car at any price - and is reasonably quiet, but it's turned into a computer with integrated armchairs. Heaven only knows who'll buy these things ten years from now when they technology they contain is seriously out of date and all going wrong.

  • S320 CDI 4dr

    Alastair Macqueen , Norfolk . Date: 12/05/2007
    • Overall verdict
      5 out of 5 stars
    • What's it like to drive
      5 out of 5 stars
    • Running costs
      4 out of 5 stars
    • Quality, practicality and equipment
      5 out of 5 stars

    My car

    I have owned my S320 CDI for just 2 weeks and covered just 1000 miles, but I already know the decision to spend such a large amount of money on this car is the right one. I spent my previous 20,000 miles with the same engine and transmission combination in an E Class, but the installation in the S class surpasses my expectations. The car is so much better than the sum of its parts and works perfectly. The ability to arrive at destinations ahead of schedule with negligible effort continues to impress along with the average of almost 40mpg. The COMAND system is worth the effort of getting to know and with the addition of linguatronic becomes second nature very quickly. Night driving with the ambient lighting and the active bi-xenon headlights is a pleasure and the reversing camera makes parking simple. I have never driven a car which makes so little fuss of completing a swift, safe journey. Is that the definition of the best luxury car of the moment? I think so.

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