Mercedes S-Class review

Category: Luxury car

Section: Costs & verdict

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 front cornering
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 rear cornering
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 front right tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 rear cornering
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 front right static
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 left static
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 headlight detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 PHEV charging socket
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 boot open
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 front cornering
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 rear cornering
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior rear seats
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior infotainment
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 front right tracking
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 rear cornering
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 front right static
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 left static
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 alloy wheel detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 headlight detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 PHEV charging socket
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior front seats
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior detail
  • Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 boot open
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In this section:
  • Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2
  • Equipment, options and extras
  • Reliability
  • Safety and security

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

Costs, insurance groups, MPG and CO2

No Mercedes S-Class is cheap, but the S350d costs significantly less than other variants as a cash buy. All versions except the S580e plug-in hybrid (PHEV) are in the top (37%) company car tax bracket so that's definitely the version to go for if you're lucky enough to have the S-Class on your company car options list.

With its official 63 miles of electric-only range and 18g/km of CO2 emissions, it sits in a much lower benefit-in-kind tax band than the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series PHEVs. It also has a gobsmacking 353.1mpg figure, although you'll need to charge it up regularly to get close to that.

Move further up the range and you'll add more kit but receive a big invoice in return. By the way, you can't add any individual options to S-Classes any more. 

Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2022 interior infotainment

Reliability

Mercedes placed joint 22nd out of the 30 manufacturers included in our 2021 What Car? Reliability Survey. That's some way behind BMW (13th) and a few places behind Audi (18th) but Range Rover manufacturer Land Rover finished in 29th place. 

The latest S-Class comes with a three-year/unlimited-mileage warranty and breakdown cover.

Safety and security

Overview

The Mercedes S-Class is packed to the rafters with technology, and is also a very comfortable and exceedingly well-appointed luxury saloon. The Audi A8 is more refined, particularly if you're looking for a diesel, but we’d opt for the S580e anyhow. It’s one of the most impressive plug-in hybrids on sale, combining many of the best points of the standard S-Class with a substantial real-world electric range and low company car tax. On top of all of that, the S-Class’s interior simply can’t be beaten for sheer wow factor.

  • Fantastic plug-in hybrid version
  • Ride is mostly very comfortable
  • Loads of space, especially in the rear of long-wheelbase models
  • Overly reliant on fiddly touch-sensitive controls
  • Entry-level diesel isn't as smooth as it should be
  • Mercedes's reliability record isn't the best
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