Mercedes-Benz S Class Saloon 2006 - 2009

Mercedes-Benz S Class Saloon 2006 - 2009

Review by it
Monday, May 16, 2016

Pros:

  • Improved engines
  • Luxurious quality that is hard to match

Cons:

  • High running costs

Overview

The latest Mercedes-Benz S-Class limo made its debut late in 2005. It's the biggest and best-equipped S-Class to date. Just like the previous generation, this S-Class is available in both short-wheel base and long-wheel base. The new "short" Mercedes has a wheel base of 121 inches, which is as long as the previous incarnation's "long" version. The luxury sector is constantly expanding - despite the economic climate around 7% of cars sold worldwide are luxury version. Although it seems it's now easier to sell an expensive car, the competition isn't exactly sleeping either. With Lexus and Jaguar catching up, the S-Class was under the pressure to deliver, and it did. The new car is close to perfection. It is classy and refined.

Exterior and Interior

The designers have done a great job. They have remained true to the values of the previous S-Class model, but the front end and the body shapes have been updated to look more dynamic. You will notice that the S-Class bears a certain resemblance with the futuristic CLS 4-door coupe. Even the basic trim is well-equipped and features sat-nav, climate control, leather and wood interior and a complete electric package. The more luxurious trims have an even more impressive spec list, but then the price is impressive too.In this car the designers have amalgamated the decade's worth of S's classic heritage with some smart futuristic influences. This really can be classed as a modern classic.

Performance and Economy

Although, the S-Class is probably more expensive to buy and run than any other mainstream models in the market, it is not as unreasonable as some of the upmarket hand-made luxury cars. You don't have to be a millionaire to own an S-Class. The top of the range V12 petrol engine (not counting the AMG engine versions) with 509BHP accelerates the car to 60mph in 4.6 seconds. The diesel does the same in 7.5 seconds. The acceleration is not an issue for any 8th generation S-Class and within the permitted speed limits, both petrol and diesel models will offer a great driving experience. Satisfying the S's appetite is not an easy task. At best, with the smallest diesel engine it will manage 37mpg. The large multi-cylinder petrol engines are unlikely to return more than 20mpg. Choosing a diesel is a good way of being able to afford an S-Class on a limited budget. Diesel S-Class was introduced with the 6th generation model in early 1990s, and although initially it was considered to be very un-cool, eventually people have accepted the savings a diesel engine can provide and you won't be laughed at if you pull up in your shiny diesel S-Class.

Like to Drive

The S-Class is a big and heavy car and could take some acclimatisation to get used to it, especially if switching from a smaller car. With the new S-Class, however, this is much easier ‐ the car is very easy to drive both in the city and on a highway. It has become even more sophisticated and along with the usual stability and traction control systems can now also include an intuitive braking assist system and other hi-tech gizmos making a driver's experience easier. The S-Class is so smooth that some people, who are used to receiving response from their vehicle, might find it weird at the beginning. Because steering and handling relies on electronics so much, you'll have a feeling that your involvement in many cases is secondary. However, you cannot, not enjoy the upgraded engines. Some units have received a quarter more power than the 7th generation model. Acceleration and dynamics is excellent for a car this size. Another plus side is the comfort. Regardless of how long you spend driving your S-Class, you won't feel any tiredness ‐ the seats can be adjusted in so many fine details that a driver of any body complexion will find the settings that fit them well.

Faults and Repairs

The state of this car depends on its previous owner. Many S-Class cars are used quite extensively and without comprehensive maintenance, especially the cars that are owned by businesses. The main problem that can give you a headache is the electrical system. The car has become even more sophisticated after introducing the 8th generation and something is bound to go wrong sooner or later. Overall, the S-Class is a reliable car if it receives good care.