I had a 220 and found the boot to be a problem, but I need to add another car to my chauffeur fleet so I checked out the new 7 series. Not impressed, hence my interest in a 221. There are amazing deals out there now.I'm not a chauffeur, but I have a W221 and do big mileages. S-Class is a magnificent vehicle, Comand is excellent, the navigation is very effective but it does not do full postcode level routing. It does street names and numbers better than postcodes. It only takes the first part of the postcode. Not really a big problem.
Boot wise, it's large, not as large as you would probably expect considering the size of the car. The car get about 33 mpg (S-320 CDI) everywhere and just under 40 mpg on a run. Running costs, haven't had to do anything except replace tires which are about £220 a go.
Comfort, only a C6 rides better IMO, but the S-Class also handles corners incredibly well, it feels like a much smaller car. Seats are perfect, comfortable and supportive, you normally get one or the other but the S-Class manages both.
Cannot compliment the W221 highly enough, it's a superb car. I wouldn't buy anything else.
I loved my 220 thats for sure. Some of my clients don't like the S Class however, so it is quite a hard one to get right.I was lucky enough to have a private jet to Paris couple of months ago and was wisked through the Paris traffic in an S500 to the centre. It was almost as good as the aircraft!
On the road at home I drive myself, and have now got nearly 30k miles on my 221. This is what I said after one year
I have no reason to change my comments. I have a friend who uses a 220 S500 for airport runs for clients of the firm he used to work for which now has 260k miles on it
He claims that he has had to fork out only for services, tyres, fuel and a couple of new cats...end of...
If you want the best drive for you and our clients, there can be no better car.
Not sure I'd take the driver's word for it.Not really, judging by what your driver said.
True and I tried all of those, as well as the Jag, before buying my current W220 s-class. And they all have their strong points, but I found none of them as convincing in total as the s-class.The audi A8, LS 430 and BMW 7 series are all great cars
andMercedes S-class has been dominating the luxury segment. It is the label that every other premium marques want to - but fail to – challenge. The previous S-class W220 sold a total of 485,000 units in its 7 years life. That is an amazing figure for such an expensive vehicle. Even in its final full year, it still sold 84,100 units worldwide, accounting for 35% of the segment and, unsurprisingly, once again by far the best selling luxurious car in the world.
S-class is always the symbol of Mercedes-Benz. Its success is highly crucial to the image of the company. Now the engineers responsible for the new S-class can finally have a good sleep, for they have created the best luxurious car in the world, once again.
I find a Silver S-Class is the only way to go, I had two M.Ds + partners from Lexus Australia, the other car picking them up was a brand new Chrysler 300C which the driver was trying to tell me how much better it was, got to the car park & when the other two got to the Chrysler he shouts over "how come you have got the Benz & we are stuck with this!" even the MD in my car said that S-Class is acknowledged as the best for this type of work.someone once said the S class is for heads of states, the BMW 7 series for the director of the local factory.
our company only uses s-class for limo hire etc, they won't accept anything else,
Too true, and the hybrid LS has even less boot space than the S.Lexus will never have the same cachet as the S-Class and never will, Toyota have been trying for years to get into that market. You try getting corporate work or high profile clients in London with a Lexus take my word for it the S-Class wins hands down.