Top Five Competitors to the S-Class

There’s no doubt, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the most popular chauffeur car operated by the UK industry – but is it the best? Paul Gibson from finds out the alternatives on offer if you don’t want to follow the crowd.

The success of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is well documented within the chauffeur industry over the past few decades, and it continues to this day – in fact, Plan Insurance Brokers have reported 37% of the chauffeur vehicles it insures are S-Classes. This is the Plan Insurance, Top 5 alternatives to the S-Class…

BMW 7-Series Long Wheelbase – Percentage insured: 15%

Born in 1977, the 7-Series is now in its sixth generation, and with the latest model arriving in the marketplace late last year, it’s now firmly nibbling at the heels of the S-Class.

The 730Ld is the obvious chauffeurs choice, boasting 58.9mpg and a Co2 figure of just 127g/km, there’s no doubt the new model interior levels match the quality of the S-Class. Just to give it another kick in the teeth, the BMW has 35 litres more boot space allowing to squeeze in a bit more luggage.

With an X-Drive (four wheel-drive) version now available and the forthcoming arrival of a 740e plug-in Hybrid, there’s certainly plenty of choice for chauffeurs.

The technology levels have gone mad in the new 7, with a unique gesture control system allowing the chauffeur to use the telephone and audio system by using a number of hand gestures.

BMW has recently relaunched its chauffeur programme to include free 120,000 servicing programme and a 50 strong specialist chauffeur dealership network across the UK all within the monthly price of a 7-Series.

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