Mercedes AMG S-Class Saloons: Market Watch

It may only make up a small fraction of the UK car market, but the luxury saloon segment is still the place where premium manufacturers debut many of their latest advances. None more so than Mercedes which, with the S-Class, repeatedly sets itself the target of being the most advanced of them all.

Ever since the W116 model was first introduced in 1972, it has strived to combine all the elements of a luxury saloon with the performance of a proper sports car. A tall order, and one which has been pursued with little consideration of cost, especially where the AMG models have been concerned. As a result, Stuttgart's star has always carried a seriously hefty price tag, but when you're targeting the top that doesn't present much of problem, with CEOs happy to find funds for the very latest model.

However, as an AMG S-Class gracefully ages it falls rapidly out of favour, resulting in the kind of depreciation which would give your bank manager recurring nightmares. This means that mere mortals can consider owning one the world's finest cars whilst it's still relatively young though, and if you have such grand aspirations, the Mercedes AMG S-Class Saloon offers truly epic metal for your money - and Ferrari 550 levels of performance.

Available in 'sensible' V8 and opulent V12 guises, and both regular and long wheelbase bodies, prices for early-Noughties W220 examples now start at just £13,000. And it's this model, plus the later W221 and current W222 incarnations that are the focus of our attention here.

So which, if any, versions of these monster AMGs are appreciating in value? Which make the best buys at the moment? And which AMG S-Class is most likely to become a future classic? We probed the market to uncover the answers.

W220 Mercedes AMG S-Class (2000-2006)
W221 Mercedes AMG S-Class (2006-2013)
W222 Mercedes AMG S-Class (2013-on)

Many thanks to Glass's, Prestige Car Service, CKS Performance Ltd, Autoclass MK, the Mercedes Benz Owners forum and the MB Club for their help with this feature

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  • chris333 20 Oct 2017

    any chance of sorting the links out so that we can read the W221 page!

  • nicfaz 20 Oct 2017

    chris333 said:
    any chance of sorting the links out so that we can read the W221 page!
    Seconded! The w221 link is pointing to the w220 page on all of the linking pages. Quality control please.

  • JimbobVFR 20 Oct 2017

    It works OK if you read the article on the homepage rather than through the forums.

  • WCZ 20 Oct 2017

    nice article, the W222 is all you'd pretty much ever need - the value for money is NUTS on these second hand

  • ZX10R NIN 20 Oct 2017

    Got to love the S65, it's truly bonkers I got smoked by one on the M25 one evening whilst I was in my enhanced E500 & it just walked away from me while I had my foot through the bulkhead smile

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