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Overall verdict

The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Best in class
Overall verdict
Mercedes easily sits top spot in the luxury class. The S is luxury for a new era.


Stunning interior design, rear space, sublime ride and refinement


Little steering feel or driver satisfaction


What is it?

Without a doubt the benchmark big luxury saloon, the one Audi, BMW, Lexus, Cadillac and even Jaguar and Maserati must define themselves by and be measured against. This car defines the sector and is the one all others try to topple. And fail to. 

Sporty performance and handling are de-emphasised this time – it’s all about comfort, safety and driver assistance. There are two wheelbases, the long one offering astounding back seat comfort. Powertrains include conventional V6 diesel and V8 turbo petrol, and hybrids in both four-cylinder diesel and V6 petrol forms. The body uses a lot of aluminium to pare weight below the last one.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
S63L 4dr Auto
4.0s 242g/km 27.4 585 £123,200
The cheapest
S350d L SE 4dr 9G-Tronic
6.5s 141g/km 52.3 258 £70,170
The greenest
S500e L AMG Line 4dr Auto
5.2s 65g/km 100.9 449 £91,655
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