2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class review | first drive | carsguide.com.au

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But with safety reaching their peak, has turned its attention to new levels of comfort including, to our amazement and a hot stone massage for the two front .

With a starting RRP of $215,000 for the turbo diesel V6 S350 Mercedes has held the price of the model despite adding worth of extra equipment. The powered by the super-smooth twin 4.7-litre V8, has had a $10,000 price to $285,000, also despite extra equipment.

The #39;bahn-storming S63 AMG (with a twin 5.5-litre V8) arrives in January of the S400 (the replacement for the and powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-litre V6 engine) due mid-year.

It#39;s not a it#39;s a day spa on wheels. The new S-Class#39;s its skills at avoiding a crash to six radar beams, eight and 12 parking sensors — and the to smooth out potholes before you hit — has been overshadowed by a hot massage function for the two front

Seat massagers are not new but the mega-Mercedes it to new levels, with a hot stone that heats sections of the at up to 55 degrees Celsius. The 14 air chambers in of the two front seats can be programmed to up to six different types of massage, one of is called workout.

In addition to the and cooled seats, there are now arm rests available, to go with the Class reclining rear that come with airbags (not a world a Ford in the US pipped Mercedes at the

They complement the heated and cup holders. And an air-conditioning filter and that claims to help sufferers by improving air quality the cabin by 15 per cent.

There are four different types of built into the air-conditioning which the company claims leave a scent on your or overpower the new-car smell although Mercedes-Benz resisted the to join Lexus with a moisturiser.

Auto electricians may be in for a trying to get their head the S-Class#39;s 734 wiring harnesses, wires and 5km of cables — by 144 computer-control units. It is the first car in the without a conventional light instead it has 500 LEDs. The telephone, audio and TV telematics system is run by 30 lines of code — and is an optional 24-speaker, 1540-watt system.

Before you scoff at automotive excess, it#39;s noting that luxury eventually drive new technology affordable vehicles.

Despite its almost two-tonne and 5-metre-plus length, the big Benz through the air with an aerodynamic of 0.24Cd, which makes it slippery than a Toyota .

The interior looks wider and thanks in part to horizontal and an unusual two-spoke steering Or as Mercedes-Benz puts it: Horizontal and lines create a setting by visual breadth and calm High quality and elegance with clarity and functionality.

The two massive 32cm diameter display screens mounted on a backlit panel.

A world two cameras in the windscreen scan the ahead looking for potholes then prepare the suspension in to soften the bump. Nine are standard but you can option two seatbelt if you buy the reclining Business Class seats.

As before, the new S-Class can the brakes automatically from to 200km/h (for German if it detects you#39;re about to hit the car in

New for this model: Mercedes has a radar beam to the back of the car to if it is about to rear-ended. If an impact is it tightens the seatbelts and adjusts the in milliseconds.

The headrests, incidentally, are filled goose down. And as you might the new S-Class can park itself at the of a button — just Volkswagen Golf, Ford or Holden Commodore can.

The system is carried over before, but there was (wisely) a than 10 per cent take-up on this well-meaning but ineffective Apart from inducing sickness, your eyes be on the road, not a picture of the road.

time around, though, the LED will target and flash and pedestrians to alert the driver is an obstacle on the road ahead.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

As you expect, the Mercedes-Benz rides as if it had carpet underneath its tyres. But driving four models the exact same roads we discovered the tyres make than the usual difference to how the feels.

Sorry to be a bore but that the S-Class is all about comfort and confidence — the of the vehicle is all-but flawless it all boiled down to this.

The good news first: the Pirelli 20-inch tyre is superb. Rarely is the bigger with the smallest sidewall the comfortable. But, miraculously, is the case with the 20-inch on the new S-Class — despite the they have runflat technology which, in the past, has them as stiff as an old boot.

The 18-inch Pirelli tyres and Goodyears also felt but the 19-inch Bridgestones were less impressive. Unfortunately, you order the car it is a lottery which the S-Class comes with. But if I spending north of $215,000 I be finicky enough to demand the or Goodyear options.

As for the rest? The S350 is relatively quiet and In isolation it#39;s an entirely package. But if you really want to yourself, the V8 S500 is truly special.

It has a seamless surge of from low revs that the car feel lighter and more than it really is.

That Mercedes has managed to a two-tonne machine feel as as a sports sedan and as comfortable as a is testament to its claim of being the best car.

The new Mercedes-Benz may not have reinvented the wheel time around, as advancements in plateau and the best tricks are on other models as soon as needed . But the mega-Mercedes has brought new of comfort and ability to the automobile will set a new benchmark for everyone

Mercedes-Benz S-Class – see verdicts

Price . from

Engines . 3.0-litre V6 turbo (190kW/620Nm), 4.7-litre V8 twin petrol (335kW/700Nm)

Transmission . automatic

Economy . 6.0L/100km 9.2L/100km (petrol)

Safety . airbags (two rear airbags optional), radar avoidance, lane-keeping, blind alert, self parking, up to cameras, 12 parking sensors

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