29 April 2021
Review

There are two very cool, very new luxury saloons in town.

One is the 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, the one they throw all the technology at to make it widely regarded as the best big saloon/sedan/whatever you'd like to call it. S-Classes come with all kinds of engine, right up to and including very powerful petrol ones, but this is a little more straightforward - it's an S400d. Actually an engine that suits it rather well. It costs £104,425, has 330hp and more importantly a mammoth cruising range.

The other car is still relatively new too, and it's more expensive and luxurious still. It's a Bentley Flying Spur and as a W12 it costs £168,300 and has 635bhp - figures both rather bigger than the S-Class's, but don't let semantics get in the way - more expensive S-Classes are available and a cheaper Flying Spurs are too.

Besides, there's a reason for the mis-match - but you'll have to join Matt Prior to find out why.

 

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Conte Candoli 13 May 2021

I'd plump for the Bentley too, but there is no getting away from the fact that the S Class is the better car.

 

Einarbb 30 April 2021

DKW said - "I'd warrant that if the camera wasn't rolling we would have heard more variation in his language when trying to get the Mercedes to switch off the stress reduction program." -- Probably true, however my guess is - there is a correct way to phrase the request that exists and works, if he'd read the MB manual. I know, some people counter argue, we shouldn't need to read that darned manual.

DKW 30 April 2021

Credit to Matt Prior for giving us an honest insight into the reality of being in this level of car.

I'd warrant that if the camera wasn't rolling we would have heard more variation in his language when trying to get the Mercedes to switch off the stress reduction program.