Added 26th January, 2018
By Jonathan Crouch
The S-Class spearheads technological development, not only for Mercedes-Benz but for the automotive industry as a whole - and has done for decades. It's that important and is why this is - and will continue to be - the world's best selling luxury car. And, in hybrid terms, the leading choice in its segment from the 2013 to 2017 era.
With petrol/electric, diesel/electric and Plug-in hybrid options, this sixth generation S-Class gave its rivals quite a headache. You can certainly make a strong case for the S400 variant over a conventional non-hybrid diesel-powered S-Class variant, while the S300 BlueTEC Hybrid is a cost-effective all-rounder even if it isn't quite as refined as its stablemates.
It's the S500 Plug-in Hybrid version that will really astonish you though - if you can afford its exalted asking price. Did you ever imagine just a few years ago that you'd be able to buy a fully-fledged luxury limousine able to deliver nearly 100mpg and 69g/km of CO2? It's an astonishing feat of engineering - much like this car. If you're still not convinced by hybrid power, you have to try it. Luxury motoring as you've never experienced it before.