It’s possible to spec a Mercedes S-Class with an inordinate number of options, but the entry price for a modestly equipped car is palatable.

Our residual value provider suggests that the S-Class, especially initially, will retain its value better than the equivalent BMW 7 Series.

Matt Prior

Matt Prior

Editor-at-large
The build quality is remarkable so, in the long term, problems should be few. Do ensure you maintain a warranty though.

That’s still not as strong as a Range Rover, but that’s to be expected in this market. Fuel consumption is respectable for a 5.25m-long, 2.2-tonne luxury saloon with this level of performance.

Our tests are tough and most drivers will better the 34.2mpg average we recorded. Our touring route, on which we recorded a figure of 44.4mpg, is more representative of the kind of use an S-Class is likely to receive.

There is a long list of things that add a lot of money to an S-Class, and they won’t all help residual values. Go for the noticeable options such as nappa leather and stereo and seat upgrades.

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