2017 Mercedes S-Class Review


The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been heralded as the best car in the world and that reputation is somewhat deserved. Always the firm’s technology leader, the S-Class is the car that rival carmakers look at when wanting to see what future technology and equipment will filter down the model ranges. As a vast luxury saloon it’s at the very top of its class, too, with comfort, refinement, performance, and equipment to better all its rivals, the breadth of its appeal covering everything from airport taxi diesel models to outrageously luxurious Mercedes-Maybach and ludicrous performance Mercedes-AMG derivatives. There are two wheelbase options in standard form, and if that’s not enough Mercedes-Benz can build you a Pullman stretched version or even a Guard model, which offers ballistic protection for paranoid global, industry and business leaders.


Body Style: luxury saloon         Seats: 4/5                     MRP from £70,425-£185,940


Did you know? The S-Class’s existing autonomous features would allow it to drive without a driver, if legislation allowed it to do so.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★★★ (8.6/10)

The world’s best car? You had better believe it. The S-Class is a huge success globally, conveying captains of industry, world leaders, and even us mere mortals in huge comfort whatever model you pick. The standard wheelbase version is accommodating enough for most, but for real luxury the lengthened long-wheelbase variant offers real room to stretch out. The cabin, even on the most basic entry-level models, is generously equipped and very luxurious, while the range-topping cars offer the sort of glorious sumptuousness demanded by the most wealthy and exacting of customers. Whether you’re driving or being driven it’s a very special place to be, the hushed refinement it offers inside more monastic than a Rolls-Royce or Bentley, too. Some rivals match it in particular areas, but none can offer the sort of completeness that the big ‘Benz delivers, which is why it’s both a big seller and comes with such an exalted, yet deserved reputation.   

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Specs & Trims

★★★★★★★★★★ (10/10)

Running Costs & Fuel Economy

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)


★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)


2017 Mercedes S-Class