2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Test Drive – Popular Mechanics

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Drive

Chock full of the things in life, the newest of the S-Class comes to America fall.

On-Sale Date . 2013

Price (est.) .

Competitors . Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, LS, Jaguar XJ, Maserati Quattroporte

. twin-turbocharged 4.6-liter V-8; 455 hp, 516 7-speed automatic; RWD or AWD

EPA Fuel (city/hwy, est.) . 15/25

New . The 2014 S-Class is smart#151;really Using a network of cameras, and radars to see the road and its surroundings, the car can brake, correct lane prevent a head-on or cross-traffic identify people and wildlife at day or parallel park, and do a whole lot Sure, other cars similar features, but no other has such an extensive suite of that works so well.

We like the S-Class’s new headlights, sporting 56 separate LEDs give the new face a dramatic (In total, the car has 486 LEDs.) We’re glad Mercedes designers to drop the last generation’s wheel-well bulges for clean metal accented by a simple, character line that at each headlight and shoots the rear doors.

The new interior features two giant screens serving as the instrument and navigation/infotainment system displays. high-tech dash juxtaposes with the traditional materials in the of the cabin: wood trim, leather, chrome air vents, and metal window switches. Oh, and not forget about the S-Class’s ridiculous new option: the $350 Air Package.

Just place a jar filled with one of four aromas#151;Nightlife Mood, Sports Downtown Mood, or Freeside a base in the glovebox (kind of a Glade Plug-In), and soon the wafts through the ventilation and disperses throughout the car in small doses to avoid leaving smelling like a frat boy in Axe body spray.

Under the hood is a twin-turbocharged V-8 that comes paired a 7-speed automatic transmission, like in the old model. But according to this new mill gets at 20 percent better fuel This is partially thanks to the greater use of aluminum in its underlying percent more than high-strength steel, which for almost 200 pounds of weight and 50 percent stiffer torsional

Tech Tidbit . Three Magic Body Control. The is brimming with technology, but amazed us most was its predictive system. Using the two onboard cameras, the car reads the road and can adjust the suspension damping, split-second chassis adjustments to bumps or potholes.

As silly as the sounds and as skeptical as we were, the car swallowed a speed bump at 18 mph, we were left one thought: This really is Available only when the car is in mode, the system is fully up to 60 mph. Past that, reduces to about 50 percent, and the completely cuts off above 80

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Driving Character . The 14-foot is actually a bit bigger than its and we immediately noticed its size as we through a crowded hotel lot. That said, the car is far unwieldy or cumbersome. Cruising on and back roads outside of we found that the twin-turbocharged V-8 delivers a steady stream of and a seemingly endless supply of

And when you jam the gas pedal, just sure you have the hot-stone feature on as your spine into the seatback. Flipping a switch in the center console the car’s air-spring suspension and damping between comfort and modes, the latter delivering a more rigid personality.

isn’t much to complain here. Simply put, the new drives wonderfully.

Favorite . When you first get into the S-Class, your eyes fall on the two sprawling LCD screens take up more than of the dashboard. At first it looks empty. But turn on the car and the screens alive with crisp and an enormous map that will ruin every other system for you.

Neither screen responds to commands, and we like that#151;it’s a feature that only distraction.

The left steering spoke has controls for the information in the instrument cluster, and the main is controlled via a small knob in the console. The input system is the same as in the old S-Class (and other Mercedes), but with a few As before, we’re big fans of the menu layout.

Along navigation and media selection, a few scrolls away are your and lumbar options, heated (yes, heated armrests, in the panels), and even a new color for the lighting hidden throughout the (might we suggest Twilight paired with the Downtown scent?).

Driver’s Grievance . If anything leave the American S-Class a little miffed, it’s the new S-Class will be hitting our hamstrung. How so? Because of National Traffic Safety Administration there are two lighting features we be getting. The first is part of the Night View Assist system, which uses an sensor to detect people or in or on the side of the road.

Once the infrared image appears in the cluster as a warning. At the same the headlight strobes the person or as the car approaches for further warning. The feature isn’t legal in the

Another lighting feature missing out on is the rear brake warning. When the car’s radar detects an approaching at an unsafe speed, it flashes the light to grab the attention of the in the approaching vehicle. It’s a and simple way to possibly prevent an but this, too, is against regulations.

Mercedes says it’s with NHTSA to change the but who knows when that happen.

Bottom Line . The has always been the nachos of the Mercedes-Benz lineup, and this iteration is no exception. Loaded technology and oozing with it looks poised to stand at the top of the market. Pricing will be closer to when the car goes on this fall, but expect the to exceed the posh, gated of $100,000 as soon as you check an box.

That’s an exclusive tag, but the S-Class is more just a car for the well-to-do. With generation, this model is a showcase of technology that eventually trickle into mainstream vehicles. In this the 2014 S-Class gives the of us plebeians something to be excited

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