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Should I buy a Mercedes-Benz car?

By Martin Pratt

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The Mercedes-Benz three-pointed star is seen as a sign of quality, but do its cars live up to this reputation? Read our Mercedes brand overview to find out.

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It was Mercedes-Benz that effectively invented the motor car in 1885. Ever since then, the German brand has taken a leading role in the development of the car. Indeed, its pioneering spirit has given us many of the car world's greatest innovations, especially in terms of car safety, but also in things like electronics and connectivity.  

If Mercedes-Benz is known for one thing above all, it has to be quality. But with many of its models now made outside Germany, you may be surprised by some of the results of our annual Which? Car Survey in terms of Mercedes' reputation for quality and reliability.

To find out more about Mercedes’ reliability, and to see how all the Mercedes-Benz cars scored in our tough tests, head straight to our Mercedes-Benz car reviews.

What cars does Mercedes-Benz produce?

Mercedes-Benz has traditionally produced luxurious and prestigious saloons and estates such as the Mercedes C-class, Mercedes E-class, Mercedes CLS and Mercedes S-class, but it has significantly expanded its range in recent years.  

For instance, it has headed into mainstream territory with popular VW Golf-sized hatchbacks, like the Mercedes A-class and Mercedes B-class, and the Mercedes CLA. It has also made big inroads in the SUV market with 4x4s like the Mercedes GLE (the new name for the M-class). 

It's equally well represented in the sports car and coupe class, with iconic models like the Mercedes SL, SLC, C-class Coupe and Mercedes AMG GT.

How much do Mercedes-Benz cars cost?

Mercedes-Benz sits right at the top of the premium tree in terms of market positioning. Unsurprisingly, therefore, a Merc will cost you dear. 

Not only are its models priced highly compared to rivals, but the cost of many of the Mercedes optional extras you'll undoubtedly want to add soon builds up to eye-watering levels.

The entry point of the Mercedes-Benz range is the A-class, which extends from around the £20,000 mark upwards. The C-class saloon and estate are significantly more expensive, with SUV crossovers like the Mercedes GLA, GLC and GLE also premium priced.

The E-class luxury saloon and estate arguably represent the heart of Mercedes-Benz - but you'll be looking around the £40,000 mark for one of these. At least Mercedes-Benz cars keep their value very well.

Mercedes Benz A class 2013 slide

Mercedes Benz S class 2013 slide

Choosing the best Mercedes-Benz car

Mercedes-Benz owners are buying into an experience that's as much about luxury as it is about prestige.  

While the traditional buyer might be tempted by big saloons like the C-class, E-class and S-class, there's a whole new breed of Merc owner who are finding that Mercedes-Benz models offer practicality and family friendliness too – notably the B-class (a rival for the VW Golf and Touran) and the GLA (a crossover 4x4). 

Coupe-styled SUVs like the GLC Coupe and GLE Coupe are a relatively new market niche.

As well as conventional petrol and diesel models, Mercedes-Benz now offers a range of electric and hybrid models, including the Mercedes B-class Electric Drive and Mercedes S-class Hybrid.

All models undeniably offer that feeling of quality and solidity that has come to epitomise Mercedes-Benz. But does the reality live up to the reputation? Are Mercedes-Benz cars as reliable and well made as the company likes you to think? 

You can find all the answers in our full, independent car reviews.