Avg. Price Paid:$27,132 - $55,198
Original MSRP: $86,700 - $194,000
MPG: 14 City / 21 Hwy
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2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Performance

This performance review was written when the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was new.

Performance reviews of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class differ depending on the model driven. The low-end S550 is seen as a fine performer. "Nobody's going to want for power in this Benz," says Motor Trend.

At the other end is the S65 AMG's incredible V12. Car and Driver warns, "Acceleration may frighten passengers" in the S65. The S-Class rides on a unique suspension system that uses four air bladders to support the vehicle, which inflate and deflate to level the car in response to every turn. The effect is astonishing: Every reviewer seems to take time to remark on the S-Class's handling, with most comparing it to much smaller sport sedans, even though this car weighs a little more than 2.4 tons.

Review Last Updated: 4/25/13

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