What's the used Mercedes S-Class saloon like?
When this latest iteration of the S-Class was launched in 2014, it probably stung those at Rolls-Royce and Bentley because some pundits declared this Mercedes to be the best car in the world, and it did so at a fraction of the cost anything made by either British luxury car maker.
But, no matter how good value it was back then, you'd still have needed to be very affluent to buy a new one. Thankfully, with the onset of an all-new S-Class and the benefit of depreciation, you can buy a used example of this technological tour de force for the price of a factory-fresh small car.
Trim levels tend to be assigned to whichever engine you choose, but some give you the option of AMG or AMG Line trim. Both are more than well-equipped, as you might imagine, with AMG Line giving you keyless start and entry, cruise control, 19in alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, a rear-view camera, metallic paint, adaptive LED headlights, heated, electrically adjustable leather front seats with lumbar adjustment and a memory function, the Comand Online infotainment system with two 12.3in screens, sat-nav, and even Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and a wireless smartphone charger are available in post facelifted examples from 2018 onwards.
On the road, the S-Class is, for a car of its size and weight, exceptional. Performance with any of the engines in situ is more than adequate. All S-Classes have a nine-speed automatic gearbox that works smoothly and quietly and shifts almost imperceptibly.
The S-Class also has one of the most cosseting rides, although not quite so isolating you from imperfections at town speeds as the latest Audi A8. It handles well, too, utilising all the technology it carries to corner with verve, especially so for a luxury limousine. The steering is precise and you'll find plenty of grip, but where the S-Class shines brightest is in terms of refinement since few other cars can waft like it, making it sublime on the motorway.