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What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

For It's superbly engineered, has lots of kit and the diesels are exceptional

Against S-Classes are costly to run and there are niggling faults on the oldest cars

Verdict Probably the best luxury barge in the world

Go for… S320 CDI

Avoid… S600 Limousine

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon
  • 1. Don’t buy an S-Class if the air-con isn’t working. Overhauling it will leave precious lilttle change from £2k
  • 2. If you hear a tinkling noise from under a 320 CDI, walk away. The catalytic converter is breaking up, and it's very expensive to replace
  • 3. The engines and transmissions last for ages if they're loked after, but the electrics can go haywire
  • 4. The S320CDI is our favourite model, and there should be plenty to choose from
  • 5. The cabin is super-comfortable and quiet - a very relaxing place to spend a long journey
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