Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class (1999 - 2005) Review

Review by Parkers on
Last Updated: 27 Jan 2014
3.5
This S-Class looks sleekly poised and is less of a heavyweight than the previous model, though it has retained its imposing identity and presence. Thanks to the Active Body Control system the handling is sharpened up so much that the old car feels stodgy by comparison.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (99-05)
Solid, sleek, bags of road presence, extremely comfortable
Expensive to run, only one diesel choice

New price range:

£41,385 - £142,580

Used price range:

£537 - £6,632

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

This S-Class looks sleekly poised and is less of a heavyweight than the previous model, though it has retained its imposing identity and presence. Thanks to the Active Body Control system the handling is sharpened up so much that the old car feels stodgy by comparison. The big Mercedes has shed some pounds (though not in price) and has been revitalised and almost reinvented in the process.

Enthusiastic drivers may still prefer the leaner and sportier-looking BMW 7-Series, but this more dynamic S-Class is every bit as imposing.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

4 out of 5

Handling

3 out of 5

Comfort

4.5 out of 5

Practicality

3.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

3.5 out of 5

Safety

3.5 out of 5

Reliability

3.5 out of 5

Running costs

3.5 out of 5

Green credentials

1.5 out of 5

Buying used

3 out of 5

Selling

2 out of 5

Equipment

3.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 It's huge. Plenty of room for all the family inside and a boot that swallows everything you can throw at it. This was the only car I found that I could lie my child's buggy flat lengthways with room...  

5 out of 5

Stuart Davison ,   14 May 2013    ... read more

 Extra legroom and electric rear seats, plus the ability to raise the ride height, amazingly useful when we go skiing.  

2 out of 5

Anonymous ,   17 Aug 2011    ... read more

 it uses very little fuel because it spends most of the time under repair  

1 out of 5

john gregory ,   05 Mar 2010    ... read more

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