Ten Second Review
Mercedes-Benz S-Class - There are few things that most reviewers agree on, and one of them is that the Mercedes-Benz S Class is one of the best luxury saloons around. The first thing you discover is that there is no such thing as a lesser model.
Coming with a choice of several engines, each model is uniquely designed to incorporate all the luxury features, while being specifically tuned to work with the power under the hood. You have the choice of simple comfort, the 3.0 litre V6 of the 350 BlueTEC which will provide a nice drive and is the basic package, pure speed with either the 5.5 litre V8 or the top of the line V12, and economy with a fantastic hybrid system that, in the Plug-In version, will come tax-free and with an average mpg of over 100 miles.
The drive is impressive, unless you plump for the lower models you get the Magic Body Control as standard, which leans the car into and out of turns and provides the best cornering on the market. Otherwise, this is designed for comfort and passengers won’t notice bumps in the road or feel ill effects from inside this car. Outside of that, what you get is a luxurious vehicle outfitted with a high-end infotainment system, leather seats throughout and all the wood panels and indulgences you might need. Satellite navigation, Bluetooth, climate control, cruise control and keyless entry all comes as standard, while upgraded versions get a significantly better stereo but stay fairy similar elsewhere throughout.
At the back is the choice of a two seat, executive layout that comes with extended central reservation and will never be lacking in room, or the three seat bench layout that can accommodate three adults with ease but just lacks that little extra refinement on the two-seater version. Either way you will have plenty of room to stretch out and, with a few tweaks, gain full access to the infotainment systems. Right at the back you can fit a family holiday’s luggage in the 530 litre boot.
To top this all of you get a plethora of safety features that are just as extensive in the back as the front, and plenty of driving assists so the high speeds shouldn’t affect the drive a whole. This is a great range, with the only real choice being how fast you really want to go, and the only options being fast or super-fast.