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Why Lease The S Class Saloon?

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon Review 2023

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon is one of the most luxurious on the market, packed with some of the most impressive technology you'll see in any car. Modern luxury and first-class comfort reach a new level in the S-Class. It's so good that we named it our best luxury cars to lease guide.

Rivals to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon include the Lexus LS, Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and the Rolls-Royce Ghost.

Our Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon review covers:

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon Key Features

  • Elegant and modern exterior design with flush-fitting door handles
  • Luxurious interior with plush materials and mood lighting
  • 550 litres boot space
  • Range of petrol, diesel and plug-in hybrid engines available
  • Six trim levels, including AMG Line, AMG Line Premium, Long AMG Line Premium, Long AMG Line Premium Executive, Long AMG Line Premium Plus and Long AMG Line Premium Plus Executive.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon Pros and Cons:


  • Stylish new exterior 
  • High-class comfort and luxury 
  • Excellent technology onboard 


  • Touchscreen controls can be fiddly 
  • High running costs 
  • Expensive

Design, Practicality and Boot Space

The S-Class is known for pioneering the Mercedes range, as it always showcases the latest technology before it spreads across the rest of the lineup. This means the S-Class is one of the most superior luxurious saloons you can get. For example, its flush-fitting door handles pop out when the car senses you're nearby.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class exterior

Once you get inside, the new S-Class looks utterly different from any other Mercedes. It has first-class comfort and plenty of space to spread your legs. The rear seat passengers are excellent in the longer-wheelbase variant, as you get longer rear doors, making getting in and out easier.

As for boot space, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon offers 550 litres of room, which means there's plenty of space for luggage and is around 30 litres larger than the Audi A8 or BMW 7 Series boot.

Interior and Trims

The Mercedes S-Class interior is excellent. It feels very posh, with expensive materials throughout and some of the best infotainment technology on the market. Its super-soft leather, amazing ambient lighting and pin-stripe wood trim wouldn't look out of place on a mega yacht.

It has a new freestanding digital display instrument and a huge floating portrait-style infotainment screen on the centre console with incredible graphic definition on both screens.

The S-Class clear display contains an intuitive array of menus which sits at just the right height and are particularly well suited to integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Six trim levels are available, including AMG Line, AMG Line Premium, Long AMG Line Premium, Long AMG Line Premium Executive, Long AMG Line Premium Plus and Long AMG Line Premium Plus Executive.

Standard AMG Line models come with Airmatic suspension with level control, multi-beam LED headlights, Keyless entry and go, power closing doors and tailgate and a satellite-navigation system with augmented reality for easier following directions.

Power and Performance

Mercedes-Benz offers the S-Class Saloon with a range of petrol, diesel and Hybrid engines.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class interior

The S-Class is available with five power options.

A 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol engine and two 3.0-litre three six-cylinder diesel engines, all with a nine-speed automatic gearbox. An efficient plug-in hybrid is available, which can do 68 miles on all electric power alone.

Mercedes also offers the S-Class Saloon with two body lengths, with the long-wheelbase version offering extravagant amounts of rear-seat lounging room.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon is excellent to drive thanks to its adaptive air suspension as standard, which makes it one of the most comfortable cars to drive with no distress. It's even agile on winding country roads, although a BMW 7 Series is more engaging to drive.

Overall, the S-Class is a fantastic luxury saloon with first-class comfort enjoyed most by rear-seat passengers.

Leasing vs Buying

Prices for the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon start from £84,360.00 OTR* or to lease from Price On Request per month.

Do you have questions about leasing a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon? Nationwide Vehicle Contracts are one of the best car leasing providers in the UK. Our car leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, breakdown insurance, inclusive road tax and free delivery to the UK's mainland (exclusions apply).

Additionally, due to set monthly payments, variable mileage, a low initial rental, and changeable contract lengths, leasing a Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon may be less expensive than buying one outright.

*'On the road' price is correct at the time of publication and includes one year's road fund licence, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change. Always check with your nearest retailer.