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Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI W221

Mercedes-Benz S — Class (2006 to date)


is a lot more difficult to achieve you’d imagine when it to building class-leading cars. every car that we think of as a has had at least one not so acclaimed version. The Golf Mk III, the Porsche and the ‘bug-eye’ Impreza WRX all spring to overshadowed as they were by their predecessors and successors. The S Class is an exception. The fifth car was maybe a maybe but it’s to call. One thing’s for sure. If in the market for a nearly new luxury it’s tough to go wrong the seventh generation S Class.

Models Covered: Seventh S-class (W221) 2006 to — 4 dr saloon: [S280, S500, S600L, S63 AMG, AMG petrol, S320 CDi diesel and standard wheelbase)]


The MK6 could be viewed as nothing but a success, but by 2005, most were pointing out that six was a long time at the top since car’s introduction in 1999 and the game had moved on. Never the fact that Mercedes 46% of the luxury car market in Europe and 58% in Even in America, where the exchange rates have meant that a basic was almost twice the price of a Cadillac, Mercedes still a 40% slice of the market. By any conventional that car had been an overwhelming At its launch, it was a technological tour de and a mid-life revision did much to the car at the cutting edge in terms of but the basic shape was just to look a little dated in the of some very avant rivals. Mercedes’ seventh-generation — dubbed the W221 — was almost overwhelming. in dealers in April 2006, the S-Class was more aggressive its flared wheel arches even the base model like an AMG special. It also improved build quality and ergonomics for many of the control At a stroke, it made the BMW 7 Series and

XJ appear hopelessly outmoded.

What You Get

The styling takes a getting used to, observers me having grown accustomed to the coupe-like lines of the MK6 W220 S-Class. The MK7 car smoothes the flanks the absence of side rubbing but adds sharply defined arches that some claim are reminiscent of the Mazda along with a swage that runs from the wheel arch back to the light clusters. Bigger in dimension to its forebear, this also features a boot lid raised. Mercedes claim mirrors a styling cue from — their super-luxury division — but most of the public will more associate it with a BMW 7 Series, isn’t great news trying to position the S-Class as a setter rather than Mercedes’ approach in past with its flagship saloon was to a multitude of high-technology features at the then wait to see what stick (a theme continued by rival 7 Series). More with the post-’99 version, dropped the gratuitous gadget in favour of well-judged refinements and this continues here. The Sensotronic braking system of the has been ditched in favour of a of the existing hydraulic set-up, Adaptive Brake. This incorporates a number of safety such as the pads lightly the discs during wet conditions and a hold function. The foot-operated brake, never a hugely Benz staple, has also quietly ditched in favour of an handbrake. Brake Assist can register vehicles ahead by and can calculate if the driver is applying too braking pressure to avoid a powering up the system to maximum Pre-Safe is another safety that recognises potential situations, tensioning the front belts, inflating air cushions in the seat to support the occupant and closing the side windows.

What You Pay

You’ll need to away £45,500 for the first of the 55 plate S350 saloons the S350L long wheelbase adding around £1,700. these prices take account a ‘typical’ spend on The S320 CDI has proven rightly and these kick off at £47,000 in and £48,750 in long wheelbase. still see the S500 as the definitive and one of these will require of you in standard length.

What to Look For

Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI W221

Whilst would rightly claim the S-Class is no longer as massively as previous models, it’s impressively screwed together. are no known mechanical issues affect the latest generation car it may well pay dividends to check all of the electronics are working as designed. One at the brick-sized manual will that this is not the work of minutes but when you’re out this much money, the has every right to indulge Some of the pale leather can quickly become grubby and need to opt for the right combination of and trims. The S320CDI is especially given its miserly fuel and increasing popularity of executive Make sure initial has been carried out and don’t shy from higher mileage If any car can carry it off, it’s the

Replacement Parts

(Based on a S500) Consumables for the S-Class are priced with an air filter in at £24, a fuel filter the part of £60 and an oil filter a £6. Spark plugs are £5 each, although are expensive at around £175 per

On the Road

The array of powerplants has filled out in promising fashion. The opens with the S280 its 231bhp V6, then there’s the 272bhp 3.5-litre V6 for the S350 and a 5.5-litre V8 for the S500. This the old 5.0-litre 306bhp unit and was the in the series of multi-valve V8s. punch the big Benz to 60mph in 5.4 seconds and hit an electronically limited Also available is the punchy and the S320CDI featuring the 235bhp V6 turbodiesel. A 6.3-litre V8 engine 525bhp is offered in the S63 and AMG also did an S65 a 612bhp version of the V12. All have one thing in common they handle like a car.


Although the of Maybach, Rolls-Royce and Bentley now taken the super-luxury saloon the scope of the Mercedes S-Class, it its title as the best car in the world, or the world’ at least. What’s it doesn’t lose that when the name on the V5 document What’s quite remarkable is for the price of a decently specified Phaeton or Volvo S80, you instead start thinking a Mercedes S Class that’s just been run in. That’s not to take too much thinking is it?

Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI W221
Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI W221
Mercedes-Benz S320 CDI W221

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