- S-Class scoops fifth consecutive Best Luxury Car Award
- Brand new E-Class Saloon voted Best Executive Car
- Diesel double for the first time ever
Scooping the Best Luxury Car category for an incredible fifth year running was the S-Class Saloon, with the S 320 CDI model repeating last year's success as the first diesel car to win the category. In 2000, the S 430 won, and in 1999 and 1998 the petrol S 320 succeeded.
Rob Aherne, What Car?'s Editor said: "What a good thing the S320 CDI is. It dots every i and crosses every t of our luxury brief, and then goes further by providing excellent fuel economy and low carbon dioxide emissions."
"Comfort was always second to none in the S320 [CDI], and a few tweaks have made the car's air-sprung suspension even smoother, while also making the Mercedes more lithe through corners. For such a large, luxurious car, it can be hustled with indecent haste and still feel every inch the aristocrat. The revised car is also more refined; the only time you can tell there's a diesel under the bonnet is when the engine is started from cold."
"Few cars this size can claim to be a driver's delight as well as a luxury limousine, but the S 320 CDI is."
Revised in October 2002 and now including a new, more powerful and economical 3.2 litre in-line six-cylinder engine, common-rail direct injection technology is at the heart of a range that has pioneering safety systems too. Pre-Safe is another Mercedes Benz first - it actually reacts to an impact before it happens.