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Mercedes Benz Road Tests

Though it looks similar to the 2012 car, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class is effectively an all-new car, with new engines and new tech.
Tue, 17 Apr 2018
For the 2019 E450 and E400d, Mercedes-Benz has ditched its old three litre V6s and replaced them with modular alloy block turbocharged straight-sixes with integrated exhaust manifolds so the PPFs and DPFs can be bolted straight onto the blocks where they get the most exhaust heat and are thereby the most efficient.
Tue, 11 Dec 2018
Guest Test of facelifted 2008 Mercedes Benz SLK350 by Jackie Violet.
Mon, 26 May 2008
Want a quick Mercedes-Benz A-Class but don't want to wait for the A 45? With its turbocharged four-cylinder engine, the AMG A 35 provides plenty of excitement.
Thu, 31 Jan 2019
Mercedes-AMG has added yet another high-performance vehicle to its range with the introduction of the CLA 45 S 4MATIC+. The result is the fastest production CLA model ever.
Tue, 30 Jul 2019
If you've got more than £120,000 to spend on a car for transporting the whole family at speed, should you consider the new Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door?
Mon, 04 Feb 2019
If the standard AMG GT Roadster is too puny for you, how about another 81PS? That’s the chief improvement if you up for the 557PS Mercedes-AMG GT C Roadster.
Fri, 08 Sep 2017
Third generation of Mercedes-Benz's compact hatchback is a radical departure from before and lines up squarely against the BMW 1 Series and the new Audi A3.
Fri, 29 Jun 2012
Mercedes-Benz tries to inject more comfort and overall appeal into its family hatchback, with partial success.
Wed, 16 Sep 2015
The Mercedes Benz A-Class receives the AMG treatment and becomes a rather heavy-hitting super-hot hatchback in the process. It might have 360PS and cracks 60mph in five seconds, but does that make it any good?
Tue, 25 Jun 2013
The first big improvement of the 2005 A Class is the feeling of heavy, Germanic solidity. There’s nothing flimsy about it. The plastics are thick. The pile of the upholstery and carpeting is deep.
Wed, 19 Jan 2005
The new Mercedes-Benz B-Class is set to take on the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. But does it justify its hefty price tag?
Mon, 10 Dec 2018
After a normal car, getting into the Mercedes Benz B Class is slightly odd. You have to step up quite high. Then you find yourself sitting on the floor. It didn’t do my back any favours.
Thu, 03 Aug 2006
In refreshing its B-Class for 2015, Mercedes-Benz claims to have improved the fuel economy by up to 26%.
Sat, 13 Dec 2014
A facelifted Mercedes-Benz C-Class. Big deal, right? It looks the same, and no doubt drives the same as its predecessor. But, surprisingly, the firm’s claiming to have given the BMW 3 Series competitor its most comprehensive mid-life update ever, with more than 50 per cent of parts replaced or updated. That might be hard to believe if you look at the photos, as the cosmetics are broadly the same. There are new front and rear bumpers, tweaked headlights and some new alloy wheel designs, along with new colours. Hardly groundbreaking stuff.
Wed, 20 Jun 2018
The drop-top C-Class is every bit as good as the Coupe, but with the added advantage of extra sunshine. Weather permitting...
Wed, 08 Jun 2016
In switching from a 2.1 diesel engine to a 1.6 for the new C Class, is Mercedes trying to put a pint into a quart pot?
Fri, 11 Jul 2014
Mercedes-Benz thinks the C220 BlueTec diesel is the C-Class most people will choose - but is it the best of the bunch?
Tue, 24 Jun 2014
Mercedes-Benz has done such a good job with its facelifted C-Class that it’s in danger of overshadowing the bigger E-Class.
Mon, 21 Mar 2011
HJ borrows a Mercedes S 204 C320CDI estate for a week and describes how he gets on with it.
Wed, 30 Apr 2008
Despite 30-odd years of effort, Mercedes-Benz has never built a super saloon that can match the M3. Can the new C63 AMG finally lift the Bavarian curse?
Thu, 28 May 2015
The monstrous, brutally powerful AMG C63 engine is now available in the C-Class Coupe. But is it as exciting as the Saloon and Estate versions?
Mon, 13 Jun 2011
With the new C-Class about to go on sale in the UK, Mercedes-Benz chooses to make sure the old one goes out in style. And how.
Thu, 10 Apr 2014
If anything, the new Mercedes C Class estate cars feel more sporting than the Sports Coupe. At least, the ones I tried did.
Fri, 02 Feb 2001
Forget the previous Mercedes Benz CLK. The new Mercedces C Class Sports Coupe is an entirely different sort of animal.
Fri, 02 Feb 2001
The C-Class range has now been simplified from the previous five levels of trim to just three: SE, Elegance and Sport – with the four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines re-worked
Mon, 18 Jun 2007
Does the rather oddball CLA make more sense as an estate - or Shooting Brake as Mercedes likes to call it?
Tue, 10 Mar 2015
Mercedes-Benz adds a boot to the A-Class to create the swoopy CLA and a whole new niche in the market.
Mon, 11 Mar 2013
At the briefing MB’s MD told us that the new Mercedes Benz CLK was aimed at couples with a combined gross annual income of £70,000. I think they’re going to need a bit more than that.
Thu, 04 Jul 2002
In summer 2003, Mercedes launched the new W203 CLK Coupe. In 2004 they launched the version for summer. The CLK Cabrio. And just look at it. Have you ever seen a more gorgeous convertible?
Wed, 04 Jun 2003
Mercedes-Benz CLS Coupe gets more space, sharper styling and new engines for 2018.
Thu, 08 Mar 2018
Rich Thais were crawling all over the 2005 Mercedes Benz CLS at the Bangkok Motor Show, where, with luxury tax, it stood to set them back at least £75,000.
Mon, 02 May 2005
Is the oddly monikered CLS Shooting Brake merely style over substance? Or a genuinely more practical version of the four-door coupe.
Thu, 20 Sep 2012
The All-Terrain is the top-of-the-line, slightly taller E-Class Estate with a huge breadth of abilities - and a price tag to match.
Tue, 03 Apr 2018
There is one major surprise with the Mercedes E-Class All-Terrain - why has it taken so long for the German firm to come up with a rival to the Audi A6 Allroad?
Wed, 07 Dec 2016
AMG has been making Mercs go faster for decades. Each engine for this one is assembled by a single technician in a surgically clean workshop. The end product is immensely tractable and easy going.
Wed, 02 Sep 2009
New engines, 2,000 improvements and gremlins finally expelled. The revitalised Mercedes Benz W211 E Class may look like the old one, but it’s a good car made better in almost every respect.
Tue, 25 Jul 2006
The revised E-Class gets a redesigned front end along with new petrol engines and more standard equipment. It makes the upmarket Mercedes-Benz more appealing than ever.
Thu, 14 Feb 2013
Since 1991 the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet has been the most Germanic big cabrio to have, and those qualities remain in the impressive latest version.
Thu, 29 Jun 2017
Well, here it is at long last. The Mercedes W211 E Class estate The estate car estate owners have been waiting for. The best station wagon in the World.
Wed, 19 Feb 2003
Mercedes Benz used to run a tag line, “engineered like no other car in the World”. Then the cost accountants got to work. And, though the MB image still stuck, the products did not really live up to it.
Tue, 25 Jun 2002
This is Mercedes-Benz's answer to the Jaguar I-Pace, Audi e-tron and Tesla Model X. But is it impressive enough to justify a £65,000 price tag?
Wed, 15 May 2019
The Mercedes-Benz G-Class diesel is back and better than ever.
Wed, 19 Dec 2018
Its elderly roots are both a help and a hindrance but its enduring popularity explains why the G-Class has received yet another mild update for the 2018 model year.
Sat, 14 Oct 2017
As well as four wheel drive, the Mercedes Benz GLA offers the rear legroom and boot capacity of a C Class for those who feel the new C Class is a bit too big.
Wed, 26 Mar 2014
The revamped Mercedes-Benz GLC for 2019 will eventually come in four environmentally friendly RDE2 compliant varieties, all with 4-MATIC four-wheel drive. First, a pair of 2.0 litre 4-cylinder heavily de-toxed 220 and 300 diesels; Secondly, 2.0 litre 4-cylinder petrol 48v EQ Mild Hybrid 200s and 300s; Thirdly a hydrogen-fuel cell pure electric GLC F-CELL that is also a plug-in hybrid.
Sat, 08 Jun 2019
Size is everything. Mercedes builds its ML and GL in the USA, the land of the Cadillac Escalade, Lincoln Navigator and the Hummer H2. So to offer the most desirable 7-seat 4x4 in the World it had to think big.
Sat, 01 Jul 2006
Mercedes-Benz is muscling in on the BMW X6 with a sporty, swoopy SUV of its own - the GLE Coupe.
Thu, 25 Jun 2015
The GLS might sound unfamiliar, but it's actually the new name for the GL and the additional S denotes its new-found attachment to the S-Class family.
Wed, 02 Dec 2015
Mercedes Benz offers its 2006 ML in three different spec levels with three different wheel sizes, makes self-raising air suspension optional, and, for serious off-roaders, offers serious off-road gear as a factory fitted option.
Sun, 11 Sep 2005
Another day, another massive Mercedes. At 5,157mm (17 feet) the Mercedes Benz RL is actually 69mm (2.7 inches) longer than the gargantuan GL Class.
Fri, 21 Jul 2006
Is the superbly refined, opulent and powerful soft-top S-Class really worth more than £100,000?
Wed, 13 Apr 2016
Spend £90,000 on a Mercedes-Benz S500L Plug-In Hybrid and the Government gives you £5,000 back. That’s because, in theory (and in the EC Drive Cycle), it only emits 65g/km CO2, and delivers an incredible 100.9mpg.
Sat, 13 Dec 2014
HJ briefly 'test drives' Mercedes hedonistic S Class Coupe on roads that were a bit too narrow for the car to perform at its best.
Tue, 21 Oct 2014
I’m not going to pretend that Mercedes 2003 W220 S600 presidential limousine is faster than a speeding bullet. (I suggest the armour plated version if this is a worry). But I can tell you from personal experience it will see off any other large saloon car full of bad guys.
Wed, 12 Sep 2001
Six years into its model life, we have a new Mercedes S-Class. Though it will be more like seven years before the new W221 reaches Britain in March 2006. (Video by Martin Gurdon.)
Sat, 01 Oct 2005
Forget Ferraris, Rolls Royces, Bentleys, Lamborghinis, Porsches. The most desirable car you can buy is the new Mercedes 500SL.
Thu, 11 Apr 2002
In early 2006 the R230 Mercedes SL range was significantly revamped. The cars still looked the same, but under the skin were new engines and transmissions in the SL350 and SL500 that transformed the cars.
Sun, 12 Feb 2006
Big Mercedes-Benz SL roadster for 2012 goes all-aluminium for the first time, bringing with it added fuel efficiency and greater driving dynamics.
Thu, 22 Mar 2012
Mercedes-Benz has gone over the SLK with a fine-toothed comb, changing the styling, dynamics and even the name - to SLC.
Wed, 06 Apr 2016
The Mercedes Benz SLK in 2006 is probably the most exquisite piece of street jewellery you can buy. It’s a ‘must have’ ‘want one’ kind of car on its looks alone.
Sun, 11 Jun 2006
Honest John tests a 'time warp' 26 year old unused Mercedes Benz W123 230E.
Tue, 18 Sep 2012

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