Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014) Review
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014) At A Glance
Supremely comfortable with an elegant yet modern interior., handles impressively well for such a big car, reasonable economy and emissions.
S300 has a 2.1-litre diesel which can be noisy at times.
Contract hire deals from £772.42 per month
Insurance Groups are between 45–50
On average it achieves 68% of the official MPG figure
The Mercedes S-Class has become a barometer for the luxury class that all others look to. It shows the standard that everyone else must meet to even be considered worthy of a place at the top table and it’s achieved this through a process off continual evolution. The result is this generation of S-Class that was launched in 2014 and continues to give rivals like the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series headaches. That’s no surprise when you travel in an S-Class and experience its smooth, cultured manners in every situation that lets its occupants relax and enjoy the ride.
The old chestnut of who builds the best luxury saloon in the world is somewhat moot nowadays when there are some that go so far beyond anything the mainstream Mercedes S-Class can offer. Even Mercedes does this with its Maybach model, yet the S-Class still has a claim on this title, especially if you introduce ration decisions such as value for money and running costs into the equation.
So, the latest S-Class offers luxury car buyers all they could ever want in a discreetly stylish package. For some owners, it will be their only means of transport as it covers so many bases, while for others the S-Class will be one of many choices of car at their disposal. Either way, you are in for a treat with one of the most comfortable and capable cars every made.
However, many of the S-Class models you will see on UK roads will be plying their trade as upmarket cabs.
This is a role to which the Merc is superbly well suited thanks to a range of fuel-efficient engines and lower carbon dioxide emissions than you would think possible for such a large car. There is also the option of a plug-in hybrid model that means even this large saloon can provide economy and emissions to shame most superminis.
At the other end of the scale, Mercedes has not forgotten about its customers who are not concerned in the slightest about running costs. For them, the S63 AMG that only comes in long wheelbase form provides the ultimate in luxury and performance thanks to its 612PS twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 engine.
Inside every S-Class is a cabin offering masses of space for four or five passengers, depending on which seating configuration you prefer. While comfort may be the overriding ethos, the driver is just as well looked after with an ideal driving position, clear-cut controls and the chance to enjoy the S-Class’ wonderful handling.
This is one of the most surprising facets of the S-Class, that it can be so cosseting yet still be fun to drive. Every S-Class has pulled off this clever trick and the latest model is helped by Magic Body Control that scans the road ahead for bumps and potholes to adjust the suspension in anticipation to ensure the smoothest ride possible.
There’s plenty of other tech inside the S-Class and it uses Mercedes’ large widescreen infotainment set-up as standard. This puts the S-Class ahead of most rivals straight away as it’s easy to read and use, as well as suiting the prestige of the car whether you’re sat in the front or back seats.
So, the S-Class is world class. Of that, there’s no doubt. Some might find its approach misses a bit of the drama of a Maserati Quattroporte or heft of a Bentley, but the S-Class earns its accolades through being relentlessly good at everything it does.
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On the inside of an Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014)
- Boot space is 395–530 litres
The S-Class is beyond luxury. For starters, the leather-clad seat is hugely supportive and has more than enough electrically worked adjustment for anyone to find the right seating position. There are also heated front seats in all S-Class models as standard.
As you would expect of a car of this scale, there’s an elegant sufficiency of space for your head, legs and shoulders. In fact, it’s the width of the S-Class’ cabin that leaves the most lasting impression here as its breadth gives a real sense of the car’s scale and comfort.
Slide into the back seat of the S-Class and you instantly feel like a million dollars. If it happens to be the long wheelbase model, you’ll also enjoy the sort of the legroom even those with the longest inside leg measurement would regard as generous.
When it comes to luggage, the Mercedes S-Class has it covered with a 530-litres boot.
Mercedes has spent the past couple of decades living down a minor blip in its build quality standards. As a consequence, they have almost over-compensated ever since and the S-Class is a prime example of this as every surface, joint and detail has clearly been addressed with infinitesimal attention.
The result is a car that is put together with obsessive care and it shows in everything from the way the doors pull shut with a gentle but firm action to the touch of every button. As much as anything, all of this combines to give the S-Class its impressive sense of luxury and class.
Every Mercedes S-Class comes with the imposing 12.3-inch COMAND infotainment screen in the middle of the dash. It’s one of the most prominent systems in any luxury car and makes it very easy to read while driving. It’s also fairly easy to operate using the rotary controller down between the front seats.
There are also touch pads on the steering wheel, but we find these spoil the interaction with the car as they are too sensitive and too easy to brush accidently as you’re turning the wheel. There is also the option to use Mercedes Linguatronic voice control.
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014) Value
In the case of the higher performance models, that means some big ticket numbers, but most will choose to pay for their S-Class through a finance package.
Mercedes offers a number of different ways to finance your S-Class, including personal contract purchase, hire purchase and its lease deals. The company also offers finance packs for its approved used models and these all come with a year’s unlimited mileage warranty and roadside breakdown over and above any that are outstanding from when the car was new.
There’s no such thing as a cheap used Mercedes S-Class from this generation. However, look out for a five-year S350d with around 60,000 miles on the clock and you will find plenty for around £20,000.
Bring that forward to a pre-registered model with the same diesel engine and you can find them with only 100 miles under the wheel for £63,000. That’s a saving of £13,500 on the list price.
Look for the mighty AMG S63 model and price start at £40,000 for a five-year old example with 40,000 miles to its name.
Turn your search towards a petrol-electric hybrid version of the S-Class and you’ll be looking at the earlier S500e model for £35,000 for a 20,000-mile five-year old.
The Mercedes S560 e petrol-electric hybrid claims a combined average of up to 128.4mpg, or as low as 104.6mpg on bigger wheels. All three diesel-powered S-Class models can deliver a claimed combined economy best of 44.1mpg. In Real MPG conditions, that turns out to be 34.4mpg.
The S350 versions of the Mercedes S-Class are the cheapest to get insurance cover for, though this is all relative as they still sit in group 47. Add the Executive equipment pack to either S350 and they jump to group 49. That’s the same as the S450, but specify the Executive pack and this model jumps into group 50 banding alongside all other S-Class variants.
The S560 e model of Mercedes S-Class is classed as an Alternative Fuel Vehicle, so you pay only £15 for first-year road tax. Like every other S-Class, that will become £475 in the years that follow.
Next cheapest are the S450 and S500 petrol models that pay £870 in the first year. They have slightly higher emissions than the S350 d and 400 d models, but these cars have diesel engines that don’t meet the RDE2 standard, so owners shell out £1305 in the first year. For the AMG S63, you’ll fork out £2175 for the initial year’s road tax.
Real MPG average for a Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014)
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Driving Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014)
Whichever Mercedes S-Class you choose, they all come with Airmatic suspension that uses cushions of air in place of the more usual steel springs and dampers. This gives a much smoother, more pliant ride in most situations, though you can feel the occasional small ripple in the road at town speeds.
The S-Class also comes with Mercedes’ Magic Body Control that uses sensors to read the road and adjust the suspension to give the best possible ride comfort and handling. On the motorway, the S-Class is as stable as an aircraft carrier thanks to its two-tonne heft.
Admittedly, the steering doesn’t have quite the same degree of feedback as a BMW 7 Series or Jaguar XJ, but that’s splitting hairs and the S-Class is more precise than a Range Rover.
Mercedes’ S350 d remains the most popular S-Class model with 286PS and muscly mid-rev shove. The 400 d’s 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel engine has even more power and punch.
Take the S450, S500 or the S560 e and all share the same 3.0-litre six-cylinder turbo petrol engine. The S500 has 435PS compared to the 367PS of the other two models’, but the hybrid 560 e also has a 122PS electric motor. Take the AMG S63 and you get a 612PS twin-turbo 4.0-litre V8 borrowed from the AMG GT coupe. All drive through a seamless nine-speed automatic gearbox.
The Mercedes S-Class is packed with twin front, side and curtain airbags, ESP, tyre pressure monitor, traffic sign recognition, and automatic headlights and wipers. There’s also ESP Curve Dynamic Assist to help the car lean into bends to help with cornering.
Autonomous emergency braking is standard, along with Pre-Safe. The AMG S63 model has the Driving Assistance Package included and this can be added as an option to the others in the range for £1695. It comes with active cruise control and Active Steering Assist to keep the car in the correct lane.
|S 300 Lh||59–61 mpg||7.6 s||120–121 g/km|
|S 350 d||47–51 mpg||6.0–6.8 s||139–158 g/km|
|S 350 d L||-||-||158 g/km|
|S 350 Ld||47–52 mpg||6.0–6.8 s||139–157 g/km|
|S 400 d L||-||-||158 g/km|
|S 400 Ld||47 mpg||5.4 s||153 g/km|
|S 400 Lh||40–45 mpg||6.8 s||147–161 g/km|
|S 450 L||38 mpg||5.1 s||169 g/km|
|S 500 L||32–41 mpg||4.8 s||157–208 g/km|
|S 500 Le||101 mpg||5.2 s||65 g/km|
|S 560 AMG||28–28 mpg||4.6 s||188–204 g/km|
|S 560 e L||-||5.0 s||57 g/km|
|S 600 L||25 mpg||4.6 s||259 g/km|
|S 600 Maybach||24 mpg||5.0 s||274 g/km|
|S 63 AMG||26–28 mpg||4.2–4.4 s||203–237 g/km|
|S 63 AMG L||27 mpg||4.0 s||237 g/km|
|S 63 L||20–28 mpg||4.3 s||199–279 g/km|
|S 65 AMG||20 mpg||4.1 s||272–279 g/km|
|S 65 AMG L||24 mpg||4.3 s||279 g/km|
|S 650 Maybach||20 mpg||4.7 s||289 g/km|
Mercedes-Benz S-Class (2014) Models and Specs
The Grand Edition is the standard trim for the Mercedes S-Class. It includes 20-inch alloy wheels and some AMG body styling for the front, side and rear aprons.
There are soft-close doors, panoramic glass sunroof, all-round parking sensors and reversing camera, keyless entry, and Magic Vision Control adaptive windscreen wipers. This trim also has Multibeam LED headlights and Airmatic suspension with Magic Body Control.
On the inside, you get Nappa leather, electrically adjusted steering column and front seats with position memory, massage function for the front chairs, ambient lighting, and Air-Balance. There’s climate control, wireless phone charging, heated and ventilated front seats, Burmester stereo system, and the 12.3-inch COMAND infotainment screen.
The optional Executive equipment line brings electric adjustment for the rear seat backs and back window blinds.
Go for the Rear Luxury Lounge pack and you enjoy twin entertainment screens and wireless headphones, massaging seats and a wireless phone charging point. The AMG S63 has its own wheel design and comes with the Driving Assistance Package as standard, which is an option for the other S-Class models.
|Kerb Weight||1945–2360 kg|
|Boot Space||395–530 L|
|Road Tax Bands||A–M|
|Official MPG||19.9–100.9 mpg|
|Euro NCAP Safety Ratings|
Currently on sale
|S560 4.0 469hp AMG Line Auto 2dr||-||27.7 mpg||4.6 s|
|S560 4.0 469hp AMG Line Premium Auto 2dr||-||27.7 mpg||4.6 s|
|S63 Cabriolet 4.0 612hp AMG Auto 2dr||-||25.9 mpg||4.2 s|
|S65 6.0 630hp AMG Auto 2dr||£198,780||19.9 mpg||4.1 s|
|S560 4.0 469hp AMG Line Auto 2dr||-||28.3 mpg||4.6 s|
|S560 4.0 469hp AMG Line Premium Auto 2dr||-||28.3 mpg||4.6 s|
|S63 Coupe 4.0 612hp AMG Auto 2dr||-||27.9 mpg||4.2 s|
|S65 6.0 630hp AMG Auto 2dr||£190,885||19.9 mpg||4.1 s|
|S350D 3.0 286 GD Edition RR Luxury Lounge Auto 4dr||-||-||-|
|S350d Saloon 3.0 286hp Grand Edition Auto 4dr||-||-||-|
|S350d Saloon 3.0 286hp Grand Edition Executive Auto 4dr||-||-||-|
On sale until April 2020
|S350LD 3.0 286 AMG RR Luxury Lounge Auto 4dr||-||-||-|
|S350LD 3.0 286HP AMG Line Auto 4dr||-||47.1 mpg||6.0 s|
|S350LD 3.0 286HP AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||-||47.1 mpg||6.0 s|
|S400LD 3.0 340 AMG Line RR Luxury Lung Auto 4dr||-||-||-|
|S450L 3.0 367 AMG Line RR Luxury Lounge Auto 4dr||-||-||-|
|S450L 3.0 367HP AMG Line Auto 4dr||-||38.2 mpg||5.1 s|
|S450L 3.0 367HP AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||-||38.2 mpg||5.1 s|
|S500L 3.0 435 AMG Line RR Luxury Lounge Auto 4dr||-||-||-|
|S500L 3.0 435HP AMG Line Auto 4dr||-||38.2 mpg||4.8 s|
|S500L 3.0 435HP AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||-||38.2 mpg||4.8 s|
|S65L 6.0 630HP AMG Auto 4dr||-||19.9 mpg||4.3 s|
|S350D 3.0 286 AMG Line RR Luxury Lounge Auto 4dr||-||-||-|
|S350D 3.0 286HP AMG Line Auto 4dr||-||47.1 mpg||6.0 s|
|S350D 3.0 286HP AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||-||47.1 mpg||6.0 s|
On sale until February 2020
|S400LD 3.0 340HP AMG Line Auto 4dr||-||47.1 mpg||5.4 s|
|S400LD 3.0 340HP AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||-||47.1 mpg||5.4 s|
|S650 6.0 630HP Auto 4dr||-||20.2 mpg||4.7 s|
On sale until October 2019
|S350d 3.0 286 AMG Line Executive Premium Plus Auto 4dr||£86,880||47.1 mpg||6.0 s|
|S350d 3.0 286hp AMG Line Executive Premium Auto 4dr||£83,880||47.1 mpg||6.0 s|
|S350d 3.0 286hp AMG Line Premium Auto 4dr||£79,280||47.1 mpg||6.0 s|
|S350d 3.0 286hp AMG Line Premium Plus Auto 4dr||£81,980||47.1 mpg||6.0 s|
On sale until April 2019
|S300Lh Saloon 2.2 204 AMG Line Executive Premium Auto 4dr||£84,340||58.9 mpg||7.6 s|
|S300Lh Saloon 2.2 204 AMG Line Premium Plus Auto 4dr||£83,140||58.9 mpg||7.6 s|
|S300Lh Saloon 2.2 204hp AMG Line Auto 4dr||£75,945||61.4 mpg||7.6 s|
|S300Lh Saloon 2.2 204hp AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||£79,945||61.4 mpg||7.6 s|
|S300Lh Saloon 2.2 204hp AMG Line Premium Auto 4dr||£80,340||58.9 mpg||7.6 s|
|S300Lh Saloon 2.2 AMG Line Executive Premium Plus Auto 4dr||£87,140||58.9 mpg||7.6 s|
|S400Lh Saloon 3.5 306hp AMG Line Auto 4dr||£76,860||40.4 mpg||6.8 s|
|S400Lh Saloon 3.5 306hp AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||£80,860||40.4 mpg||6.8 s|
|S400Lh Saloon 3.5 306hp SE Auto 4dr||£72,900||42.2 mpg||6.8 s|
|S400Lh Saloon 3.5 306hp SE Executive Auto 4dr||£76,900||42.2 mpg||6.8 s|
|S500Le Saloon 3.0 333hp AMG Line Auto 4dr||£91,725||-||5.2 s|
|S500Le Saloon 3.0 333hp AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||£95,235||-||5.2 s|
On sale until September 2018
|S500L 3.0 435 AMG Line Executive Premium Plus Auto 4dr||£95,925||40.9 mpg||4.8 s|
|S500L 3.0 435hp AMG Line Auto 4dr||£85,230||40.9 mpg||4.8 s|
|S500L 3.0 435hp AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||£89,230||40.9 mpg||4.8 s|
|S500L 3.0 435hp AMG Line Executive Premium Auto 4dr||£93,225||40.9 mpg||4.8 s|
|S500L 3.0 435hp AMG Line Premium Auto 4dr||£89,225||40.9 mpg||4.8 s|
|S500L 3.0 435hp AMG Line Premium Plus Auto 4dr||£91,925||40.9 mpg||4.8 s|
On sale until January 2018
|S350d Saloon 3.0 258hp AMG Line Auto 4dr||£71,630||50.4 mpg||6.5 s|
|S350d Saloon 3.0 258hp AMG Line Executive Auto 4dr||£75,965||50.4 mpg||6.5 s|
|S350d Saloon 3.0 258hp AMG Line Executive Premium Auto 4dr||£80,660||47.9 mpg||6.5 s|
|S350d Saloon 3.0 258hp AMG Line Premium Auto 4dr||£76,325||47.9 mpg||6.5 s|
|S350d Saloon 3.0 258hp AMG Line Premium Plus Auto 4dr||£79,125||47.9 mpg||6.5 s|
|S350d Saloon 3.0 AMG Line Executive Premium Plus Auto 4dr||£83,460||47.9 mpg||6.5 s|
On sale until April 2017
|S350d Saloon 3.0 258 AMG Line Executive 9GT+ 4dr||£73,290||50.4 mpg||6.8 s|
|S350Ld Saloon 3.0 258hp AMG Line 7G-Tronic Plus 4dr||£71,955||49.6 mpg||6.8 s|
|S350Ld Saloon 3.0 258hp SE Line 7G-Tronic Plus 4dr||£67,995||52.3 mpg||6.8 s|
|S350Ld Saloon 3.0 258hp SE Line Executive 7G-Tronic Plus 4dr||£71,995||52.3 mpg||6.8 s|
|S350d Saloon 3.0 258 AMG Line 9G-Tronic Plus 4dr||£68,955||50.4 mpg||6.8 s|
On sale until October 2015
|300h L AMG Line 231 Auto 4dr||£73,375||61.4 mpg||7.6 s|
|300h L AMG Line Executive 231 Auto 4dr||£77,375||61.4 mpg||7.6 s|
|350d AMG Line Executive 258 Auto 4dr||£73,325||49.6 mpg||6.8 s|
|400h L AMG Line 306 Auto 4dr||£75,980||42.8 mpg||6.8 s|
|400h L AMG Line Executive 306 Auto 4dr||£79,980||42.8 mpg||6.8 s|
|400h L SE Line 306 Auto 4dr||£72,020||44.8 mpg||6.8 s|
|400h L SE Line Executive 306 Auto 4dr||£76,020||44.8 mpg||6.8 s|
|500 L AMG Line 455 Auto 4dr||£89,790||31.7 mpg||4.8 s|
|500 L AMG Line Executive 455 Auto 4dr||£93,300||31.7 mpg||4.8 s|
|500e L AMG Line 449 Auto 4dr||£89,290||100.9 mpg||5.2 s|
|500e L AMG Line Executive 449 Auto 4dr||£92,800||100.9 mpg||5.2 s|
On sale until July 2014
|350 BlueTec SE Line 258 Auto 4dr||£62,905||51.4 mpg||6.8 s|
On sale until April 2014
|350 BlueTEC AMG Line 4dr Auto||£67,685||51.4 mpg||6.8 s|
|350 BlueTEC L AMG Line 4dr Auto||£70,685||50.4 mpg||6.8 s|
|350 BlueTEC L SE Line 4dr Auto||£65,650||50.4 mpg||6.8 s|
|350 BlueTEC SE Line 4dr Auto||£62,620||51.4 mpg||6.8 s|
|400 Hybrid L AMG Line 4dr Auto||£74,685||44.8 mpg||6.8 s|
|400 Hybrid L SE Line 4dr Auto||£69,650||44.8 mpg||6.8 s|
|500 L AMG Line 4dr Auto||£88,130||31.7 mpg||4.8 s|
|63 AMG 4dr Auto||£119,565||27.9 mpg||4.4 s|
- Supreme comfort is a hallmark of the S-Class and this current model takes this to new levels of brilliance.
- Most of the engine range delivers excellent performance coupled to impressive economy and low CO2 emissions.
Space is a given inside such a large car, but what is surprising is how well the S-Class feels through corners.
- Ride comfort is top notch, but the Magic Body control makes the Mercedes the smoothest riding luxury car on the market.
- The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been selected as the ‘Best Luxury Car’ by the judges of the 2014 UK Car of the Year.
Restrained elegance at its best and complemented by a wonderfully fluent ride quality.
- The 2.1-litre turbodiesel engine in the S300 gives itself away now and again with some diesel rumble.
- The costs may not concern their owners, but the AMG models are hugely expensive to buy and run.
- AMG models can let a little tyre noise filter into the cabin on rougher surfaces and at higher speeds.
- Hybrid models have very small boots (same as Lexus LS hybrid).
- The steering wheel controls are fussy and infotainment could be a little easier to use.
What to watch out for
31-3-2017: Mercedes Benz W222 S350 Bluetech needed new steering rack to correct a squelching sound from the front wheels while turning. New steering rack fitted under warranty.
9-11-2018: Report of clunking and vibration from the rear transmission of a new Mercedes Benz S500e when the car changed from battery to engine power. This was Nov 2017 and the car now has only 4,000 miles. Mercedes said the noise was a "characteristic" and not a fault.
2-2-2019: Report of standad DAB radio of 7,000 mile 2017 Mercedes Benz S350 diesel continually losing DAB signal for minutes at a time.
19-6-2019: Report of accelerator pedal potentipometer of December 2018 Mercedes-Benz S350D at 1,800 miles accelerating the car violently from traffic lights. Mercedes diagnostics did not find the fault, but would not unless it occurred during the diagnostics. Suggested a new accelerator pedal potentiometer switch. Another possibility is the car's emissions equipment needing to rev the engine more in order to induce either passive or active regeneration of the DPFs that it may have deemed necessary if driver had been driving at low revs or stuck in traffic.
18-12-2013: Front seat belts may not be properly installed
27-08-2014: Airbag may not perform as specified
23-7-2017: MB issued a voluntary recall to apply software upgrades to diesel engines in a bid to cut nitrogen oxide emissions on three million vehicles. All Euro 5 and Euro 6 standard diesel engines registered in Europe between January 2011 and September 2015 are affected. (Only the new two-litre turbodiesel fitted to the latest E-Class saloon and a new V6 turbodiesel in the soon-to-be released S-Class are exempt.) A Mercedes-Benz spokesman said that the “software upgrade” would be carried out by dealerships when customers visited for a service or other maintenance work and would take around an hour to complete. MB “did not expect” the upgrade to have any effect on the performance of Mercedes-Benz vehicles. Many Mercedes-Benz diesel vehicles have already had the update applied after work to apply the changes to compact vehicles and the V-Class MPV got underway in March. It was reported in The Times in July that while Daimler, which manufactures Mercedes-Benz, had not been found to use the same type of software for cheating emissions tests discovered in Volkswagen vehicles in 2015, it is the subject of an investigation by the German authorities into the possible manipulation of exhaust controls in cars with diesel engines.
09-10-2018: Two nuts attaching the busbars within the prefuse box may not have been installed. Dealer will check the prefuse box and replace if necessary on affected vehicles
- September 2013: New S-Class goes on sale
- September 2013
- January 2014: S600 unveiled
- February 2014: New engines added to S-Class line-up
- September 2014: S500L petrol Plug-In Hybrid launched
New S-Class goes on sale
The 2014 S-Class platform is entirely redesigned, although the wheelbase and overall length are the same as its predecessor. The body shell and the suspension systems now incorporate a greater percentage of aluminum. The lighter materials help trim about 200 pounds from the car, even as it grows a smidge wider (1.1 inches) and taller (0.8 inch).
The S500 is still be powered by the twin-turbo 4.7-litre V-8, which gains 20PS for a total of 455PS. Torque remains at 700NM. A seven-speed automatic is the only transmission.
As with the E63, the S63 AMG is available only with all-wheel drive; its twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 now has 585PS and 900Nm torque. When the Rear-drive, V-12–powered S600 and S65 from 2014 have up to 1,000Nm.
The interior is even more sumptuous than the W221, with stitched leather that you can practically smell in photos, rich woods, and touches like piano-key HVAC controls, organ pulls for the main air vents, and an available pop-up tray table between the rear seats. The massaging seats have a hot-stone setting that uses a fast-acting heating element. The S-Class has seven different colors, five dimming levels, and four dimming zones.
A chauffeur package affixes a power-operated footrest to the right-rear seat. Along with the back-seat “cushionbag”, rear passengers in the S-class have inflatable seatbelts and motorized buckles that rise up out of the seat for easy access, and then retract. In total, there are more than 100 actuators and electric motors in the S-Class.
The S500 Hybrid is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 engine and 80Kw electric motor, the flagship luxury car has an official combined fuel economy of 100.9mpg and emits just 65g/km of CO2. Prices upwards of £80,000. At 65g/km the S500 plug-in hybrid is the biggest car to beat the 75g/km London Congestion Charge limit imposed from July 2013.
Features include and energy recovery system that charges the battery when the car is braking or coasting. The battery can also be charged from the mains. There are four driving modes – Hybrid, in which the engine is assisted by the battery; E-Mode for electric power only; E-Save, which saves battery for use later and Charge, which charges the battery when driving rather than draining it.
The engine produces 333PS and 480Nm of torque, with an additional 109PS and 340Nm from the electric motor. That’s enough to get the S500 Plug-in from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds and on to a limited 155mph top speed.
Mercedes-Benz announced the details of its new S63 AMG. The S63 has a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 producing 585PS and an impressive 900Nm of torque between 2250-3750rpm.
Short and long wheelbase models are offered and long wheelbase cars are available with 4MATIC all-wheel drive . The official figures claim a 0-62mph sprint time of 4.4 second – or just 4.0 seconds for the 4MATIC. Top speed, regardless of model, is limited to 155mph while fuel economy is quoted at 27.9mpg for the rear-drive and 27.4mpg for the all-wheel drive.
Transmission is the now familiar seven-speed MCT, which is fitted to most AMG models. It can be left to change gears on its own or can be overridden with paddles, plus it features settings for efficiency or performance. Choosing manual or performance modes makes the exhaust note more purposeful and changes the ESP settings to make the handling more entertaining.
The S-Class is a luxurious car so the cabin features an array of technology including a large TFT display, attention assist, collision prevention assistance, all-LED headlights and some indulgences including 10-speaker audio and an assortment of AMG touches and top-quality materials. Numerous optional extras, both cosmetic and functional, are offered. Standard tyre sis is 245/50 R18.
With an output of 530 hp, the V12 biturbo engine in the S600 packs a bigger punch than its predecessor did with 517PS. The displacement of the engine has increased from 5,513 to 5,980 cc. The maximum torque of 830 Nm is available from 1,900 rpm. The S600 now for the first time features the ECO start/stop function as standard, which contributes to the car reaching the Euro 6 emissions standard. The combined fuel consumption of the S600 stands at 25.4 mpg – a 21 per cent improvement over its predecessor (20 mpg).
The comprehensive standard specification of the S 600 reinforces its role as a flagship model. The LED Intelligent Light System, the MAGIC BODY CONTROL suspension with ROAD SURFACE SCAN and the Driving Assistance package Plus, for example, all come as standard. The latter comprises Active Lane Keeping Assist, Active Blind Spot Assist, BAS PLUS with Cross-Traffic Assist, DISTRONIC PLUS with STEER CONTROL and Stop & Go Pilot, PRE-SAFE Brake and PRE-SAFE PLUS.
New engines added to S-Class line-up
The S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid L AMG Line, S 600 L AMG Line and S 65 AMG L will be available from April 2014, extending the range to now include the first diesel hybrid engine in the segment.
The S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid L AMG Line is the second engine for the S-Class Hybrid offering (alongside the S 400 Hybrid L), and is from the same engine family as the successful E 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, with a 2.2 litre, four-cylinder diesel engine joined by a 27PS electric motor. With a combined fuel consumption of 61.4mpg and CO2from 120g/km, it is available from £72,260 OTR.
In addition, standard equipment across the entire S-Class range, including the S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, from March 2014 features an innovative touchpad system that allows control of COMAND Online using single or multiple-finger gestures, and new optional features include the new Head-up Display, which provides the driver with key information at a glance without having to take their eyes off the road, and heated windscreen.
For the two V12 models, the S 600 L AMG Line and the S 65 AMG L, they represent the ultimate levels of standard equipment. Key features include: Executive Rear Package and Rear Seat Reclining Package for backrest adjustment to 43.5 degrees, Rear Seat Comfort Package including Rear Seat Entertainment, Front Seat Comfort Package, Exclusive nappa Leather Package, Burmester 3D High End Surround Sound system and Keyless-Go Package to include remote boot closing and hands-free access.
The S 600 L AMG Line, priced from £139,960 OTR offers a 13PS increase over the previous S 600 model to 530PS, with 830Nm of torque, accelerating from 0 to 62 mph in 4.6 seconds. Emissions are reduced by 21 per cent to 259g/km with a 27 per cent improvement in combined fuel consumption to 25.5mpg.
The impressive figures continue with the S 65 AMG L, which is priced from £179,960 OTR. The 630PS and 1000Nm of torque help to propel the S 65 AMG L from 0 to 62 mph in 4.3 seconds – a 0.1 second improvement over the previous S 65 AMG L. In addition, there is a 16 per cent decrease inemissions to 279 g/km and a 20 per cent improvement in combined fuel consumption to 23.7mpg.
S500L petrol Plug-In Hybrid launched
Arriving in November 2015, it can return an official 100.9 mpg, emits 65 g/km of CO2, can accelerate from rest to 62 mph in 5.2-seconds before reaching a limited 155 mph and yet is exempt from road tax and receives a 100 per cent discount on the London Congestion Charge.
In the UK the car will be offered in long wheelbase form and will cost from £87,965 on-the-road and is subject to a BIK rate of just five per cent.
The S500 Plug-In Hybrid equipment specifications are based on the conventional S 500 L AMG Line – among the highlights fitted as standard are 19-inch AMG alloy wheels, AMG body styling for the front and rear bumpers, the LED intelligent light system, COMAND Online, noise insulating glass, leather upholstery and the front seat memory package.
Powered by a V6 biturbo petrol engine producing 333PS and an electric motor developing 116PS, the S500 Plug-In hybrid generates a total of 442PS and 650Nm of torque. It can travel over 20-miles on purely electrical power.