This looks like a big car, and initially it feels like one too - but the more you drive it, the more it "shrinks to fit". Having read the negative experiences of some of the other reviewers, I must say I do not share their problems. I have had no rattles or squeaks, no unreliability, I can not achieve the "out of town" fuel consumption in the adverts, but my average over 10,000 miles is 38 mpg, and by using a Mercedes Specialist (Andy Gayle, Oldbury) my servicing costs are sensible and I have had no cause for repairs. The pneumatic suspension gives a choice of ride and handling. I am happy on the medium setting. The ride comfort and low noise levels can lull you into forgetting that not everyone has acres of power and performance to spare when cruising at motorway speeds. If considering one of these cars, there are plenty of good ones to choose from. I used a franchised dealer and bought a 2 year old at 20,000 miles. If you did not check, you would think it was a new car. There are not many extras you could specify, but it is worth finding one with Xenon lights as the original equipment is feeble for a car of such performance. Depreciation? I have had mine for 15 months and today would have to pay all but £4,00 of the price I paid, so no worse than many cars, and better than most new ones. The final bonus is unseen. In London, taxi drivers will compete with an E Class, but they will give way to an S Class! Perhaps they do think I am a drugs baron, or a rapper?
Alex Grieve, Warwickshire, February 21st 2008