WHAT CAR? CAR OF THE YEAR 2007 WINNER Luxury Car Mercedes-Benz S320 CDl Here are some quotes:- The S-Class is still head and shoulders above its rivals. It's another easy win this year Make no mistake, Mercedes-Benz rules this sector. Many have tried to undermine the S-Class's dominance - Audi, BMW, Jaguar and Lexus being the main protagonists - but the gulf between the flagship Merc and its rivals remains as wide as ever. Part of this is due to the undeniable cachet of the badge, but image alone is not enough in the cut-throat world of the business traveller. Running costs are an essential consideration and the S320’s CDI diesel engine is not only smooth and powerful. its also extremely fuel-efficient, averaging 34mpg. The Mercedes boasts the best residual values in its class, too. Even if the diesel S-Class was an absolute money pit, we'd still find it hard to resist. Its built to the most exacting standards using the finest materials and will whisk its lucky owner and a trio of business colleagues to high-pressure meetings in sublime comfort. It will also soothe away the troubles of the day on the return journey. Most impressively, the air suspension soaks up bumps in a quiet, cushy fashion, yet when the route becomes more demanding, you have only to press the Sport button to tighten up the car's body movements and benefit from greater control. Equally, all the instruments and major controls work with rewarding precision. That includes the brakes, which are hugely powerful and full of feel. The cabin is an oasis of tranquillity. There's acres of room in which to stretch out, while scrupulous attention to detail, lashings of high-grade leather, polished wood and aluminium switches endow the cabin with unsurpassed quality. MARCH 2007 WhatCar.com Other tasty quotes include: - The S class has already beaten every rival in petrol form, but now we can adjudicate the best diesel luxury car on sale in 2007. At motorway cruising speed the S class is virtually silent… ..the most cosseting ride imaginable …. Its vast 560 litre boot is deep and a useful square shape…… The S class is exquisitely built, with fine shutlines, lavish materials, lustrous paintwork and cool aluminium switchgear. … jumping into a Jaguar from the Mercedes is akin to turning right rather than left in an Airbus. The new Mercedes-Benz S class sets lofty targets for every luxury rival: build quality is exquisite; it relaxes or rockets at the driver’s whim; and the roomy cabin pampers and soothes like no other. In short it makes you feel special.