Mercedes S-Class saloon - Interior & comfort
Jump between a super yacht and the S-Class, and you'll feel right at home
- Incredibly refined
- Class-leading technology
- 62-mile electric range for PHEV
- High running costs
- Only one petrol engine
- Expensive to buy
Super yachts have been a large part of the design inspiration inside, and the parallels include the highly polished wooden trim and quilted leather upholstery. Other features you won't find in many lesser models include an 'energising' system with six modes, which is able to adjust the ambient lighting, seats, climate control and even the scent diffused into the car. Using compatible smartwatches and phones, it can even measure your stress levels and respond accordingly.
Mercedes S-Class dashboard
The S-Class' dashboard is very different to before, featuring a next-generation version of the MBUX infotainment system with up to five separate screens. The focal point is a 12.8-inch OLED portrait display with haptic feedback. Thanks to its ability to control almost every aspect of the car, 27 buttons have been consigned to the parts bin, and its software can be updated over-the-air.
A new instrument display gets 3D graphics and augmented reality directions for the sat nav, helping to place directions on a camera view of the road ahead. There's a new steering wheel with touch sensitive zones and Interior Assist, which can recognise your movements, turning on a light if you reach over to an empty part of the interior, for example.
Unlike before, the S-Class range now starts with AMG Line as standard, giving the flagship Mercedes a sporting demeanour from the off. Every version also gets air suspension, metallic paint and soft-closing doors as standard, along with a rear-view camera, adaptive LED headlights and wireless smartphone charging.
Upgrading to AMG Line Premium brings a panoramic sunroof, remote parking, larger alloy wheels and a Burmester stereo, while also adding the option of the long wheelbase S-Class. Costing around £4,000 extra, the long wheelbase adds electric, climate controlled rear seats. Exclusively long wheelbase, AMG Line Premium Executive adds a chauffeur pack, with seven-inch tablet devices for rear occupants. The even more lavish AMG Line Premium Plus gets a heated windscreen, steering wheel and armrests, 'ultra range' headlights and a head-up display.
During 2021, Mercedes says the S-Class will get Level 3 semi-autonomous driving capabilities, making it one of the first cars in the world to allow 'hands-off' driving on motorways and in traffic. There is a caveat, however, because the law will need to be updated to allow this before it can be used.