What used Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon will I get for my budget?
For a car that costs a small fortune new, you might be surprised to learn that you can pick up an S-Class from early 2014 for around £25,000, with an average mileage for the year and a full service history, bought from an independent garage. If you're willing to buy a car with a higher mileage you'll even find some for £20,000. Between £26,000 and £30,000 will secure a 2015 car with similar criteria, while £30,000 to £40,000 will get you low-mileage 2015 cars or 2016 cars with an average mileage for the year, bought from independent dealers. Over and around £40,000 starts to get you into cars from franchised Mercedes dealerships.
How much does it cost to run a Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon?
The most economical S-Class is the S500e plug-in hybrid, with a claimed average fuel consumption of 100.9mpg and corresponding CO2 emissions of just 65g/km. However, unless you do a lot of short journeys utilising the electric power before then charging up the car again, you’re unlikely to come anywhere near these figures in reality. Next up is the petrol-electric hybrid S300h, with a claimed 61.4mpg. Again, you’re unlikely to match that excellent figure in daily use, but you might still achieve a similar figure to the diesel-engined S350d, which claims 52.3mpg.
Tax for cars registered before the changes of April 2017 came into force will vary depending on the CO2 output, so will favour the plug-in and the hybrid model, and to a certain extent the diesel, but still at a fairly high rate. Cars registered after that date will pay the new flat rate, which is a little less, as well as a supplementary charge for cars that cost over £40,000 new, which all S-Classes do.
Servicing costs will be large, but Mercedes offer a number of servicing plans that offer more convenient ways of paying, including direct debits.