Used test: BMW 7 Series vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Amid higher interest rates, you might need to forgo that new luxury car for a used one. But which opulent barge is best?...

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18 Aug 2017 6:0 | Last updated: 17 Sep 2018 15:53

Our verdict

Choose either of these luxury limousines – to drive or to be driven in – and you’ll be far from disappointed. They both put up a very convincing fight; the Mercedes S-Class has the better ride, more fluid handling and a stunning interior, while the BMW 7 Series has a slightly bigger equipment list, is better for those in the back and is faster than its rival.

However, value matters quite a lot, even with more expensive used cars. So, the cheaper price just tips the balance in favour of the S-Class. The 7 Series is a great car in its own right and does well to beat the S-Class in some areas, but as an all-rounder it just falls short. The S-Class remains the best of its breed.

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Used test: BMW 7 Series vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class

For Supremely relaxing to drive or be driven in; stunning interior

Against CO2 emissions and standard equipment could be better

Verdict Still the finest luxury limo

Rated 5 out of 5

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2nd – BMW 7 Series

Used test: BMW 7 Series vs Mercedes-Benz S-Class

For Loads of luxuries; cheaper to run; better rear accommodation

Against Doesn’t ride quite as well; standard safety kit

Verdict A very good – rather than truly great – luxury car

Rated 4 out of 5

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Specifications: Mercedes-Benz S-Class S350d SE Line L

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel

List price when new £67,995

Price today £36,000

Power 255bhp

Torque 457lb ft

0-60mph 7.2sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 50.4mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 148g/km


Specifications: BMW 7 Series 730Ld

Engine size 3.0-litre diesel

List price when new £68,480

Price today £37,000

Power 261bhp

Torque 457lb ft

0-60mph 6.3sec

Top speed 155mph

Fuel economy 58.9mpg (official average)

CO2 emissions 127g/km


Price today is based on a 2016 model with average mileage and full service history, correct at time of writing

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