Odd styling will still be the stumbling block for many
268bhp V6 feels underpowered when pulling 1880kg of Merc
Even entry-level S 350 comes comprehensively equipped
For limo legroom you'll need the costlier - and heavier - LWB car
The Mercedes S-Class is a fine luxury car and a technological masterstroke. It is calm but rewarding
All of it. Mercedes’ long-awaited flagship finally arrives on UK roads.
As you’d expect, this car a technological feast even though this model is not a range-topper. A seven-speed auto, Airmatic suspension, Pre-Safe ‘intelligent, anticipatory’ safety system and a very comprehensive dashboard infotainment set-up are all standard.
What’s it like?
The initial overwhelming sensation is one of immense rigidity and solidity. The new S-class feels like it has been milled from a solid steel ingot. Perhaps this is also the reason that the 3.5-litre motor needs a fair amount of stoking to get the car to really shift.
Still, that might improve with a few more thousand miles under the wheels. On very fast, sweeping bends it hangs on with a remarkable combination of calm and grip.
On the motorway is also very quiet indeed, although our example had the optional noise-insulating glass. On broken roads it rides very well, although deep dips can have the whole body tilting in sympathy.
Should I buy one?
Aesthetic questions hang over the S-Class for some. Personally I didn’t like the dash styling or the odd ‘rocker’ switchgear. Overall, with a bit more torque, the S-class will make a superb long-distance runner.