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Not the most powerful S-class, but the most frugal. Delete the badges and no one will know

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The Mercedes S-Class is a fine luxury car and a technological masterstroke. It is calm but rewarding

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    Mercedes S250 CDI

    Not the most powerful S-class, but the most frugal. Delete the badges and no one will know
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    Mercedes S350 Bluetec

    The balance of performance and economy make it the pick of the S-class ranage

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24 May 2011

[quote Autocar]At the moment there is no plan to bring the S250 CDI to the UK. That’s a pity, because it manages impressive cruising attributes.[/quote]

It may have impressive cruising attributes but the slow off the line comments suggest this car would be very frustrating in the UK. We are hardly renowned as a country for our free flowing roads.

In my opinion, for the amount of S Classes that are sold in the UK and the type of clientel this is probably a wise move.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

24 May 2011

Jaguar XJ recently spotted with a 2.0 litre diesel engine testing too: [link deleted]

24 May 2011

If someone had told me even as recently as 10 years ago that there existed a 2 tonne car capable of 0-60 in 8 seconds and 150mph flat out, that would return 55mpg on a run, I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have believed it possible. Whatever the driving characteristics may be, the bald figures are hugely impressive.

24 May 2011

I wonder if you can get any more luggage in the engine bay where there used to be a V12!!! LOL

24 May 2011

This should definitely come to the UK. It won;t be driven by many owner-drivers: it is a perfect car for doing what a great number of S Classes do which is being chauffeur-driven around the financial districts and running people to and from the airport.

And "slow off the line" probably still puts it ahead of 90% of the cars on the UK's roads, the 1.6 and 1.8 hatchbacks. Which is all it needs. People don't like violent acceleration off the line when they are being driven.

This is an amazing technical achievement: roll on the Jag equivalent.

24 May 2011

Impressive as the figures may be, I dont see the point in it.

If you have the money for the car, you have the money for the fuel. The other diesels were already impressively good, so I don't see the need for such an economy focussed model.

Besides, if I was spending that amount of money on a car, I would definately expect it to have more poke than the hatchback next to me.

24 May 2011

[quote fhp11]

Impressive as the figures may be, I dont see the point in it.

If you have the money for the car, you have the money for the fuel. The other diesels were already impressively good, so I don't see the need for such an economy focussed model.

Besides, if I was spending that amount of money on a car, I would definately expect it to have more poke than the hatchback next to me

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If your a self employed chaffuer then running costs and residuals on a car like this all add to your bottom line so it will sell well.

Would be a cracking car second hand here in Ireland where annual road tax is based on CO2

The S250 would be €302. The S350 is €630 a year

24 May 2011

[quote fhp11]If you have the money for the car, you have the money for the fuel[/quote]

Totally agree.

I also don't understand why someone should spend so much for a car "frustrating around town".

[quote fhp11]Besides, if I was spending that amount of money on a car, I would definately expect it to have more poke than the hatchback next to me.[/quote]

Exactly. That's why for me a BMW 330d is better proposition than a 320d. Considering the extras the prices are not so far and the 330d offers another level of performances while returning still great economy in real word driving

24 May 2011

[quote fhp11]If you have the money for the car, you have the money for the fuel. The other diesels were already impressively good, so I don't see the need for such an economy focussed model.[/quote]

Most S class saloons are bought as company or self employed purchases where running costs are very important. Many private hire drivers currently using smaller cars such as Volvo S80's would love to be able to run an economical S class as it has more prestige for their business travelers but affordable running costs when doing 70k miles per annum.

24 May 2011

Jaguar, as usual, have an open goal there, I bet they spoon it, Waddle style.

Bring back steel wheels.

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