The Mercedes S-Class is among the top luxury cars in the market, only unable to match up to elite brands like Maybach and Rolls Royce. The S-Class boasts of a breathtakingly beautiful cabin, quality refinement, and all around sophistication. Both modern and classic elements are combined to make this vehicle among the elite vehicles. The diesel engine stands out with its balance of fuel economy, refinement, and pulling power.
Watch the S-Class on the road and you’ll be impressed by the car’s employment of large headlamps and wheel arches. Even though the size is lesser than the previous generations, the design works overall during the drive. It also looks just as stunning when parked in front of luxury hotels, thanks to its solid lines and overall dignified look—clearly the aesthetic was meant for this high-end market. What stands out the most in the S-Class is how the doors flow seamlessly into rear wing. The boot is also properly positioned on the rear wings and is distinguished by the lid edges.
The interior maintains the same luxury as the exterior design, easing the driver into complete control of the car. Although the aesthetic is classic for automotive standards, the cabin has aged well over time.
The S600 houses the best engine of the range, a 5.5-litre V12 at 571bhp thanks to its twin turbochargers. Such incredible power enables the vehicle to reach a 62mph sprint from standstill in just 4.6 seconds. Just as powerful is the 5.5-litre V8 at 383bhp, which reaches the 62mph in 5.4 seconds. If you’re not after the punch of these top engines, then you can settle for the 3.5-litre V6 at 272bhp. It’s just as quiet and smooth on the road. The slowest engine is a 3.0-litre V6 that reaches the 62mph in 7.5 seconds, which is more than enough for everyday driving. The pull power is also just as impressive as the others. All these model engines come with a seven-speed automatic gearbox, balancing the speed with a smooth shift between gears.
The S-Class doesn’t disappoint in delivering the most power along motorways. High-speed travel is this vehicle’s top priority, so expect a smooth ride that releases little noise. Even when you go beyond the speed limit, the S-Class manages to feel right on the road. Grip is also maintained even on the more demanding road conditions and body roll kept at a minimum when turning into corners.
Handling has one downside on the more difficult roads: steering becomes too light and lacks feel under the hands. Thankfully the car’s large weight balances this lack.
Despite the S-Class’ assurance of high-class taste, the interior has several flaws. The display screen on the hood is heavy-handed. The centre console switches also seem off in their slim row position. But this area delivers where it matters: the rotary controller fits well into the hand and the roller-switches around it practically positioned.
The seats are plush and comfortable enough for its elite market. Unfortunately the rear legroom doesn’t share as much space as the other areas. Nonetheless these are minor details to the overall driving experience.
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