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2011 (11) Mercedes-Benz S ClassS350L CDi BlueTEC 4dr Auto

Glasgow Shields Road

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Standard specification

Driver Convenience

Advanced parking guidance (APG)Attention assist
Closing aid for bootCOMAND Navigation + bluetooth interface + 7.2 GB Music Register + Music Search + Linguatronic + 40 GB HDD + 3D Map Display
Direct steeringOutside temperature gauge
Remote boot releaseService indicator (ASSYST)
Speed limiterTrip computer

Entertainment

6 disc CD/DVD autochangerMedia interface

Exterior Features

Adaptive brake lightsAdaptive high beam assist
Auto dimming driver's door mirrorAuto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic headlightsBi-Xenon headlamps/Active light system and cornering light function
Body coloured bumpersElectric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
Electric windows with one touch openHeadlamp assist
Headlight wash systemHeated screen wash system
LED daytime running lightsRain sensor windscreen wipers
Tinted glass 

Interior Features

2 rear cupholdersAuto Mercedes-Benz child seat recognition sensor
Auto retracting front passenger head restraintEasy entry/ electrically adjustable steering column
Electric adjustable front seats including height adjustElectric adjustable outer rear seats with electric adjust headrests
Electric folding rear headrestsElectric rear roller blind
Footwell courtesy lights front and rearFront passenger seat electrically adjustable from rear
Front seat back map pocketsFront seats electric adjust lumbar support
Front/rear centre armrests with storageFront/rear reading lights
Heated front seatsHeated rear seats
Illuminated rear vanity mirrorsIsofix rear child seat preparation
Load securing rings in luggage compartmentLuggage nets in boot/front pass footwell
Luxury auto 2 zone climate control with digital displayNeck-pro front headrests
Steering wheel gearshift paddlesSunglasses storage
Sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors 

Safety

ABSAdaptive brake system
Auto height adjusting front and outer rear seatbeltsBrake assist
Driver/front passenger airbagDrivers knee airbag
Electronic parking brakeESP with Acceleration skid control (ASR)
Front + rear side airbagsFront seatbelt pretensioners with force limiters
Hill start assistPre-Safe anticipatory safety system
Rear outer seatbelt pretensioners with force limitersRear seatbelt warning indicator
Tyre pressure warningWindow airbags

Security

Alarm system with interior protectionImmobiliser
Locking wheel boltsRemote central locking

Technical

AirMATIC suspensionDiesel particulate filter

Wheels

Space saver spare wheel
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Technical specification

Emissions

CO0.255CO2 (g/km)177
HC+NOx0.09NOx0.065
Particles0.001Standard Euro EmissionsEURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

CamshaftDOHCCatalytic ConvertorTrue
CC2987Compression Ratio15.5:1
Cylinder LayoutV6Cylinders6
Cylinders - Bore (mm)83Cylinders - Stroke (mm)92
Engine LayoutNORTH SOUTHFuel DeliveryCOMMON RAIL
Gears7 SPEEDNumber of Valves24
TransmissionSEMI-AUTO 

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)41.5EC Directive 1999/100/EC AppliesTrue
EC Extra Urban (mpg)53.3EC Urban (mpg)30.4

General

Badge Engine CC3.0Badge Power258
Coin DescriptionCDi BlueTECCoin SeriesL
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 0749EManufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years30
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years3EURO NCAP Front and Side Impact test - Star Rating.9
EURO NCAP Pedestrian test - Star Rating.9Service Interval Frequency - Months12
Service Interval Mileage15500Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage999999
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years3Vehicle Homologation ClassM1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)7.1Engine Power - BHP258
Engine Power - KW190Engine Power - PSTrue
Engine Power - RPM3600Engine Torque - LBS.FT457
Engine Torque - MKG63.2Engine Torque - NM620
Engine Torque - RPM1600Top Speed155

Tyres

Alloys?TrueSpace Saver?True
Tyre Size Front255/45 R18Tyre Size Rear255/45 R18
Tyre Size SpareSPACE SAVERWheel Style5 Spoke
Wheel Type18" ALLOY 

Vehicle Dimensions

Height1485Length5226
Wheelbase3165Width1871
Width (including mirrors)2120 

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)83Gross Vehicle Weight2640
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)560Max. Loading Weight580
Max. Roof Load100Max. Towing Weight - Braked2100
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked750Minimum Kerbweight2060
No. of Seats5Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb12.2
The vehicle information above was correct at time of manufacture. Please speak to the dealership for full current specification.

Independent review

Review courtesy of Car and Driving

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon

BY ANDY ENRIGHT

Introduction

Consistency is a lot more difficult to achieve than you'd imagine when it comes to building class-leading cars. Virtually every car that we think of as a great has had at least one not so acclaimed version. The Volkswagen Golf Mk III, the Porsche 964, and the 'bug-eye' Impreza WRX all spring to mind, overshadowed as they were by both their predecessors and successors. The Mercedes S Class is an exception. The fifth generation car was maybe a maybe but it's tough to call. One thing's for sure. If you're in the market for a nearly new luxury car, it's tough to go wrong with the seventh generation S Class.

History

The MK6 S-Class could be viewed as nothing but a resounding success, but by 2005, most pundits were pointing out that six years was a long time at the top since this car's introduction in 1999 and that the game had moved on. Never mind the fact that Mercedes cornered 46% of the luxury car market in Europe and 58% in Japan. Even in America, where the prohibitive exchange rates have often meant that a basic S-Class was almost twice the price of a top-end Cadillac, Mercedes still captured a 40% slice of the market. By any conventional measure, that car had been an overwhelming winner. At its launch, it was a technological tour de force and a mid-life revision did much to keep the car at the cutting edge in terms of gadgetry but the basic shape was just beginning to look a little dated in the face of some very avant garde rivals. Mercedes' seventh-generation riposte - dubbed the W221 series - was almost overwhelming. Landing in dealers in April 2006, the W221 S-Class was more aggressive looking, its flared wheel arches making even the base model look like an AMG special. It also heralded improved build quality and better ergonomics for many of the control systems. At a stroke, it made the BMW 7 Series and Jaguar XJ appear hopelessly outmoded.

What You Get

The styling takes a little getting used to, observers like me having grown accustomed to the sleek coupe-like lines of the MK6 W220 generation S-Class. The MK7 car smoothes the flanks with the absence of side rubbing strips but adds sharply defined wheel arches that some commentators claim are reminiscent of the Mazda RX-8, along with a swage line that runs from the front wheel arch back to the tail light clusters. Bigger in every dimension to its forebear, this S-Class also features a boot lid that's raised. Mercedes claim this mirrors a styling cue from Maybach - their super-luxury vehicle division - but most of the car-buying public will more readily associate it with a BMW 7 Series, which isn't great news when trying to position the S-Class as a trend setter rather than follower. Mercedes' approach in past times with its flagship saloon was to throw a multitude of high-technology features at the design, then wait to see what would stick (a theme continued by BMW's rival 7 Series). More recently with the post-'99 version, Stuttgart dropped the gratuitous gadget count in favour of well-judged refinements - and this continues here. The problematic Sensotronic braking system of the E-Class has been ditched in favour of a refinement of the existing hydraulic set-up, dubbed Adaptive Brake. This system incorporates a number of safety features such as the pads lightly skimming the discs during wet conditions and a hill hold function. The foot-operated parking brake, never a hugely popular Benz staple, has also been quietly ditched in favour of an electronic handbrake. Brake Assist Plus can register vehicles ahead by radar and can calculate if the driver is applying too little braking pressure to avoid a collision, powering up the system to maximum retardation. Pre-Safe is another safety system that recognises potential accident situations, tensioning the front seat belts, inflating air cushions in the multi-contour seat to support the occupant and automatically closing the side windows.

What to Look For

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

Replacement Parts

(Based on a 2007 S500) Consumables for the S-Class are reasonably priced with an air filter weighing in at £24, a fuel filter the best part of £60 and an oil filter a mere £6. Spark plugs are around £5 each, although tyres are expensive at around £175 per corner.

On the Road

The array of powerplants available has filled out in promising fashion. The range opens with the S280 with its 231bhp V6, then there's the now-familiar 272bhp 3.5-litre V6 for the S350 and a 388bhp 5.5-litre V8 for the S500. This replaced the old 5.0-litre 306bhp unit and was the first in the series of multi-valve V8s. It'll punch the big Benz to 60mph in around 5.4 seconds and hit an electronically limited 155mph. Also available is the punchy S600L and the S320CDI featuring the 235bhp 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel. A 6.3-litre V8 engine with 525bhp is offered in the S63 and AMG also did an S65 with a 612bhp version of the V12. All models have one thing in common - they handle like a smaller car.

Overall

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

Performance
60%
Handling
60%
Comfort
80%
Space
80%
Styling
70%
Build
70%
Value
70%
Equipment
70%
Economy
70%
Depreciation
80%
Insurance
70%

** MPG figures are obtained in laboratory testing and intended for comparisons between vehicles. Please be aware they're not intended to represent real world efficiency.

Glasgow Shields Road

274-304 Shields Road, Kinning Park, Glasgow, G41 1LA

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