For the fifth year in a row the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been awarded the accolade of Best Luxury Car at the What Car? Car of the Year 2011 Awards, held at the Grosvenor House hotel on Thursday 13 January.

This is the tenth time that an S-Class has been recognised as the What Car? Best Luxury Car, and Steve Fowler, editor-in-chief at What Car? commented: “It’s a result that was never really in any doubt. This car provides a fabulous way to travel whether you’re driving yourself or taking it easy in the rear while the chauffeur does his job”.

The judges cited the standard specification as lavish, praised the air suspension for the best blend of ride quality and handling and noted that the 3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine has enough performance to keep you interested without upsetting the accountant.

Gary Savage, Managing Director, Mercedes-Benz Cars accepted the award and said: “We are delighted that the S-Class has retained the title of Best Luxury Car and continued to impress the What Car? team. The S-Class has set a benchmark for others to follow, with innovative technology, exemplary levels of comfort and refinement, and excellent levels of safety and efficiency; it deserves its place as our flagship model for customers who expect only the very best. This year Mercedes-Benz celebrates 125 years of innovation and the S-Class is at the very forefront of how far we have come and what we have achieved.”

In 2010 five new engines were introduced to the S-Class, all featuring more power, and, of course, greater efficiency. The S 350 BlueTEC diesel engine, which accounts for over 90 per cent of UK sales, is the first vehicle to already meet EU6 emissions which come into effect in 2014 returning 41.5 mpg and emitting just 177 g/km.

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