Mercedes-Benz S-Class review - high tech showcase lacks thrills but is big on luxury

Hunter Skipworth
23 Jun 2015

Ride and refinement are excellent, just don't expect to take it to the track

Evo Rating: 
Refinement levels, Burmester sound system, technology and ride comfort
Uninspiring looks, options list is pricey

evo Verdict

The new S-Class is an interesting proposition. It offers refinement levels on par with a Bentley Flying Spur, bests just about every other car on the market for technology and can be specced with a 6-litre biturbo V12. As a luxury car it undercuts the competition in base trim by upwards of £100,000, yet delivers almost the same levels of comfort and quality.

It's not without its faults: while luxurious, the overly fussy interior design isn't necessarily to everyone's taste. The car also over delivers slightly on the technology front, making strange ergonomic decisions in the process; Why, for example, do you need two nav screens and a HUD?

The AMG models aren't cheap, but make sublime cruisers, as discovered in Jethro Bovingdon's recent evo Leaderboard video on the S65 Coupe. The journey to Anglesey Circuit was even more impressive than the laps it recorded once on track.

Ultimately, Mercedes has a very, very good car on its hands with the new S-Class. Praise has to be given to the sheer amount of technology and kit each model comes loaded with. Ride and refinement are also absolutely fantastic.

The S-Class is the car you want for eating up motorway miles not for a blast down a B-road, but that was all it was ever intended to be. As a device to transport yourself from A to B in the best possible comfort, there are few better (or better value) alternatives.

Video review

evo Tip

The £6,430 Burmester 'high-end' sound system is among the absolute best available in a road car. With it fitted, listening to music in the S-Class becomes an event in itself. That said, sticking to the £1,130 standard Burmester system doesn't disappoint either, as it too is sublime. Either way, no S-Class is complete as a cruiser without the speaker setup installed.

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