October 13, 2020
Mercedes Benz S Class

Mercedes Benz S Class | A Detailed Review

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It’s been 7-years since the iconic Mercedes Benz S Class was last redesigned. People often get into a dilemma between S-Class and Audi A3 sedan. Even as the current S-Class heads out to pasture, it remains the Edmunds top-rated luxury sedan in its class. Nevertheless, it’s about time for a new one, and here it is, the all-new seventh-generation 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan.

Background History of Mercedes Benz S Class

The S-Class name, which is short for Sonderklasse (German for “special class”, abbreviated as “S-Klasse”) special class in German, debuted in the early 1970s but has roots going all the way back to the mid-1950s. Over the years, the S-Class has been the standard for luxury, comfort, and refinement, but it’s also known for innovation and developing emerging technologies. Many features we take for granted today debuted on an S-Class, features like crumple zones, standard airbags, seat-belt pre-tensioners, voice recognition, and stability control. It’s a fair bet that this new S-Class will uphold that tradition of innovation.

Engine Specification of Mercedes Benz S Class

                                                                                                        Mercedes-Benz S-Class Summary
Emission Norm Compliance: BS-VI
Engine: 2925 – 5980 CC
Fuel Type: Petrol / diesel
Mileage: 7.81 – 13.5 Kmpl
Power: 630bhp@5000rpm
Transmission: automatic
Torque: 1000nm@2300-4200rpm
Gear Box: 7 Speed
No Of Cylinders: 12
Engine Type: Handcrafted 6.0L V12 Biturbo
Top Speed (KMPH): 250
Seating Capacity: 4
Paddle Shift: Yes
Alloy Wheel Size: 19
Drive Type: RWD
Tyre Size: F: 245/45 R: 275/40 R19

As long as specs are a concern, it may remind you of the Audi RS Q8 up to some extend. When the Mercedes-Benz S-Class goes on sale in the first half of 2021, it’ll be just a little bit bigger, about 2 inches wider, 2 inches longer between the front and rear wheels, and just over an inch in length. So far, we know about the 2 main engines, the S500 4MATIC has a 3-liter turbocharged inline six-cylinder that makes 429 horsepower and 384-pound feet of torque. The S-580 4-MATIC gets a 4-liter twin-turbo V8. That’s good for 496 horsepower and 516 pound-feet. Both get some electrification through the EQ Boost system that adds 21 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque. It’s an electric motor that acts as a starter-generator and gives some extra oomph when needed.

A 9-speed auto is the only transmission, and the 4 Matic names denote all-wheel drive. Speaking of wheels, the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class will be available with 4-wheel steering. The concept is nothing new, but this version will allow the wheels to turn up to 10 degrees in the back. Mercedes claims it will reduce the turning circle to less than 36 feet, which is what you’d expect from the much smaller A-Class.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Wheel Base

Mercedes is also making the E-Active Body Control available, which you may experience on the GLE drive. Not only does it keep body roll under control but it counteracts it by leaning the car into turns, much like how a motorcycle does.

Mercedes Benz S Class Price

Variant Engine Type Fuel Type Transmission Mileage Price (INR)
S-Class S 350d 2925 cc Diesel Automatic 13.92 kmpl 1.38 cr
S-Class S 450 Maestro Edition 2996 cc Petrol Automatic 12.89 kmpl 1.44 cr
S-Class Maybach S 560 Maestro Edition 3982 cc Petrol Automatic 9.86 kmpl 2.11 cr
S-Class Maybach S 650 5980 cc Petrol Automatic 7.09 kmpl 2.79 cr

Design and Safety of Mercedes Benz S Class

It’s a little weird from the driver’s seat, but as a passenger, it greatly reduces any jostling. It also powers the Pre-Safe impulse side system. This feature detects an imminent side collision and lifts the vehicle ride height to ensure the strongest parts of the vehicle take the brunt of the impact instead of the passengers. Returning is Road Surface Scan which scans the road ahead with stereo cameras and adjusts the suspension to deliver the smoothest ride possible. You don’t even notice the speed bumps.

Since Mercedes-Benz S-Class is such an iconic sedan, its design is at the next level. First off, yes, it’s more of an evolution, just as every S-Class in history has been, but with some special elements that kind of kick it up a notch. First off, yes, it has the upright physical emblem right on top of the hood rather than built into the grille, which has been a staple of the S-Class for time immemorial. Now it has the new grille too, which has some nice little bevels on the top corners, and it’s slightly bigger, both in terms of height and width. It has got the sensor panel also. But when you realize how many things are packed behind it, it does make sense.

And when you think about that Mercedes-Benz S-Class may have level-3 hands-free driving sometime in the future, not just yet and definitely not at launch. It’s pretty easy to put up with those panels. Further down, the hood which is pretty much a clean sheet, not a lot of fussiness going on, and you will like that. It gives a more substantial, heavy look, which is what you want from a big German luxury sedan.

Further down, Mercedes-Benz S-Class has this character line that starts at the headlights and goes all the way to the taillights. It’s a little higher than before. Used to run may be closer to the door handles. But now it’s the nice accent that runs all the way down. Also, new for 2021 is the recessed door handles. Yes, everyone’s going to say it’s a rip off of Tesla, but you know what? It worked for Tesla. It’ll work for Mercedes too.

Rear Profile of Mercedes Benz S Class

Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mercedes-Benz S-ClassRear Profile

As we get to the back of the vehicle, well, it’s a little different, maybe not what you might quite expect. It’s tapering down a little bit which kind of makes the customer feel like it’s a little weak. You may not like the triangular taillights that remind the A-Class or CLA. For an S-Class, a customer may want something a lot more distinctive, big, bold. They do have the chrome strip going across, but that doesn’t give it the presence that you might quite look for. Odds are, though, a customer will be fine with it after seeing it on the road a couple of times. Of course, since it’s a luxury sedan, the interior is vitally important, so let’s check it out.

Interior of Mercedes Benz S Class

Mercedes Benz S Class
Mercedes Benz S Class Interior

S Class Seats

The interior design of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, well, pretty special. First off, from the driver’s seat, you get the impression that the hood continues on into the dashboard. It’s almost as though there’s no break where the windshield starts. That’s a really special feeling and something that you don’t get in any other car. But let’s address the elephantine the room first, which is the big touch screen in the middle. Most of the Mercedes customers are huge fans of the Mercedes MBUX system, but you may go to need a little time with this to get a full judgment on this.

According to the press release, Mercedes removed about 27 physical buttons out of the interior. So there aren’t any real physical shortcuts that you can just use knowing that you’re hitting the button with your fingertip anymore. So you do have to take your eyes off the road to adjust things. But since it’s the MBUX system, you can still use your voice as well. You can just simply say, “Hey, Mercedes, I’m a little hot”, and it’ll turn the temperature down for you.

S Class Steering

S-Class
S-Class Steering

The new steering wheel is missing the kind of black thumb-scrolly things Mercedes used to have, but there is a capacitive-touch-button thing that works the same. So you can control the main screen with your right hand on the steering wheel. You control the instrument panel with the left thumb-scrolly thing. It’s a technical term.

Instrument Panel

On the instrument panel of Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you’ll see the little notch, kind of like what you’d see at the top of an iPhone X. But behind that notch is actually a bunch of sensors and cameras that are watching your eyes. It also faces recognition. So when you sit down, it will recognize you if you turn on that feature. If you’re a little paranoid about privacy, well, you can turn that off. But it also has a fingerprint scanner which does the same thing. It tells the vehicle who you are and what your preferences are. For audio, climate control, as well as seat position. There’s also a cool feature in the app and in the setup where you can just tell the car how tall you are and it will try its best to adjust the seat for you. You don’t need any mileage tracking apps to analyze anything. It has everything that you need. It’s a nice little novelty, and you would love to try it out at some point.

Mercedes Benz S Class
Mercedes Benz S Class Instrument Panel

Otherwise, the screen is very easy to read. It’s very sharp. It’s quick to respond. According to the engineer, the screen of Mercedes-Benz S-Class has 50% more computing power, and it shows. There’s really no delay. It’s nice, smooth scrolling. The instrument panel deserves some serious love too. This has the 3-Daming feature where it looks like the dials are floating in space. But the nav map behind it is kind of flat and trailing away from you. It is super cool. And you have the different themes that you can choose. It’s very, very trippy.

Display

The display of Mercedes-Benz S-Class, it’s not just a novelty. It’s just super cool. Also new is a much larger head-up display that projects the image very large. Visually, it seems like it’s about 30 feet ahead of the car. The cool thing with the head-up display, though, is it has the same type of augmented-reality overlay that the previous MBUX system had. So if you have a destination set in the navigation, when you have a turn coming up, it will overlay those arrows right where you need to turn on the road. Greatly simplifies navigating a city that you’re unfamiliar with. It takes a lot of the stress out of driving.

As far as materials quality goes, well, Mercedes has pretty much been unassailable when it comes to the Mercedes Benz S Class. Honestly, if you want something better, you’re going to have to spend a hell of a lot more money.

Interior Ambient Lighting

Let’s also talk about the interior ambient lighting of this Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Most of us are always been a fan of it. It gives the interior the cool, almost lounge-like vibe, but they took it a step further with the new Mercedes Benz S Class. If there’s a hazard coming up, these lights will actually change and flash to red to alert you of that. Also when you have the passenger exit alert, as soon as you start reaching for the handle, the sensors will pick it up. It’ll tell you if a vehicle or bicyclist or something else is coming up behind you, warning you not to open the door. And the interior ambient lighting will change red to alert you to that as well.

360-degree Camera

There’s also a new 360-degree camera system available in Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which is a bit like BMW’s. You can set it and sort of scroll around to see what’s around the vehicle. It will you a much better idea if you’re about to hit something in a very tight parking spot. It works well in the BMW, and it will work just as well in this Mercedes Benz S Class. There will be some hands-free semi-autonomous driving available but not at launch. It’s possible that we will get that as an over-the-air update since the hardware is already in the car. But the good thing is a lot of the driver assists that were optional on the previous S-Class are now standard.

Ease of Drive

Mercedes-Benz S-Class has the Distronic adaptive cruise control and the traffic-jam assist. So if you’re in dense traffic, you can actually have the car drive you up to a certain speed. On the highway, though, you still have to have your hands on the wheel, and it will warn you after about 10 or 12 seconds to put your hands on the wheel. Otherwise, it has a lot of potentials to be the next big tech sedan. But it’s a big sedan, so talk about the rear seats too.

Rear Seat Comfort

No surprise. A passenger will get plenty of room back here in the rear in Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Tons of space under the seat. You can’t even really touch the seat with toes and plenty of headroom as well. Most adults will be just fine back here. Of course, it slides, reclines, and all that goodness. Now, since, this is a 4-seat model, which won’t be available in the US, at least not in the beginning. There are hints that it will be available on other Mercedes Benz S Class in the future. You can fill in the blanks there. But it will be a 3-seat back here. But the center will fall down, and you do have a nice, big center console.

Safety

The bigger innovation back here is actually for safety. Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a new airbag built into the backs of the front seats. That kind of balloons out and almost catches the passengers back like a catcher’s mitt for that added assurance just in case things go horribly wrong. Another cool accent that you may like that the illuminated seat-belt buckles. So on a dark night, you don’t really have to fumble around down there to get cinched in. If you opt for the rear entertainment system, you have a lot of the same options you do with other rear entertainment systems. That includes if you’re looking up a destination, you can send those directions up to the driver. Also, you can easily share the content from one screen to another, whether it’s music or video. It’s a nice touch.

Boot Space

As far as cargo capacity goes, in Mercedes-Benz S-Class, you should have no problem squeezing a ton of luggage for a couple’s getaway. Space itself is really deep, but it’s actually kind of narrow. You don’t have that cutaway at behind the wheel well, so if you have some big golf bags, you’re probably going to have to squeeze them in diagonally. But, hey, you can still get them in there no problem. And honestly, you probably have them stored at the club anyway. There are some nice touches. You have the bag holders as well. So your contents don’t go scattering across and you don’t have to chase down everything. Otherwise, it should meet all of your expectations for hauling stuff. Without driving this new Mercedes Benz S Class, it’s impossible to tell whether or not it’ll retain its Edmund stop-rated status. But things are definitely looking favorable against the Audi A8, BMW 7-Series, and Porsche Panamera.

Conclusion

This car is massive, stylish, powerful, and mounted with top-notch safety features. So, it is one of the best sedans for all. It has an amazing road presence with its own style statement. Mercedes Benz S Class, a must-go sedan right now.


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