Alternatives

Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class 06-13 review

(2006 - 2013)
Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class 06-13
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What alternatives should I consider to a used Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon?

When the W221 S-Class arrived. it fairly blew the competition away. In many ways, the same is true when considering used alternatives today. The Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series are equally as well finished, but neither rides with quite the serene composure of the S-Class and they will cost you just as much to run.

Another contender in this class is the Jaguar XJ, which is arguably more stylish than the S-Class and offers a sportier drive, but again the ride isn’t as smooth, plus rear head room is a little more restricted.

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Verdict

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is regarded by some as the best luxury car in the world, but does it make for a sensible used buy?

  • Supreme ride comfort
  • Amazing value for money
  • Strong diesel engine
  • High running costs
  • Expensive to fix when it goes wrong
  • Steep depreciation