The luxury vehicle in what’s already a luxury line, it should be no surprise that the S-Class is the most expensive on our list at over £68,000 new and rarely under £21,000 used. With some configurations capable of 0-60 in under five seconds with over 600bhp, and all sharing comfortable interiors and a smooth ride, the only thing keeping the S-Class from higher spots is the high price and running cost.
Delivering a little less power than the S-Class for a slightly lower price used and more than £20,000 less new, the CLS is another full-size luxury vehicle. Though it is less universally praised than the S-Class it still delivers brake horsepower of over 400 with a striking silhouette and precise handling. With all that and considerably lower running costs than it’s big brother it’s a great value if you can afford it.
With the meatiest models capable of only 214bhp, this is actually the least powerful entry. Less beefed-up configurations have a max speed of 118.1mph—though the more powerful ones are a match for the rest of the line—but starting as low as £11,000 there are few better deals out there.
The C-Class is the cheapest entry both used—for as little as £8,000 from Imperial Cars—and new—scarcely more than a used S-Class—but that’s not to say there’s any loss of quality. Classy, comfortable and cheap to run, the C-Class outstrips anything in its price range.
Striking just the right balance between power and affordability, the E-Class delivers up to 381bhp, reaches 60mph in five seconds flat, for a fraction of what you’d expect to pay for Mercedes’ more premium offerings. There’s a reason it’s so well reviewed, and that it’s Auto Trader’s estate car of the year, and that is that it’s engineered to perfection from every angle. You couldn’t ask for more.