MercedesBenz (W221) S 350 S 350 CDI & S 500 motoring…

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Mercedes-Benz (W221) S 350, S 350 CDI S 500

we liked

Serene comfort

and practical interior design

performance and Benz dynamics

Not so

Styling not to everyone’s liking

A turbo lag from the diesel

ergonomic quirks

Overall 3.0/5.0

Price, Packaging and 3.0/5.0

Safety: 3.0/5.0

the wheel: 3.0/5.0

X-factor:

— Midlife S-Class gracefully

The current Mercedes-Benz mildly facelifted and featuring a specification, has to combat the F01/02 of BMW 7 Series for three more That’s how long it will be Benz comes up with a replacement for the W221 platform the large luxury car.

it’s tempting to think the BMW overhaul the Benz in standing if not the S-Class has proved resilient in the and has been providing the 7 Series serious competition for even to the car’s latest minor and upgrade. The changes to the range-topping can only help keep the BMW at

For the new model year, the S-Class LED lighting, revised bumpers, a grille, fully-integrated exhausts and the lights. Diamond White joins the exterior colour

Benz interior designers gone to work tizzying up the wheel and seats. Ambient now operates in three different selections, according to the driver’s (‘solar’, ‘neutral’ and ‘polar’). A new feature for the S-Class is ‘Splitview’, a mounted in the centre fascia and different information for driver and passenger. The front-seat passenger can a movie while the driver only the satnav map, for

Owners of the upgraded S-Class can music to the multi-media infotainment via an SD memory card and the system features Linguatronic voice-recognition system and the ‘Gracenote’ music to display song data. the infotainment system incorporates a hard disk to store map which Benz will customers later in the year.

a company to rest on its laurels safety’s concerned, Benz has the facelifted S-Class with a of new features aimed primarily at the driver and avoiding a prang in the place.

PRICE AND EQUIPMENT

No such thing as a free

Mercedes-Benz claims that the price of the S-Class has risen by an of 7.8 per cent, the value of the specification has that — up by 15 per cent. are now as follows:

S 350 $214,900

S 350 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY $214,900

S 350 L

S 500 $289,900

S 500 L $307,900

S 63 AMG $380,900

S 600 L

S 65 AMG L $482,900

All models feature, as equipment: Multifunction steering bound in Nappa leather, Assist, Chrome-effect electronic key colour display, Bluetooth four-zone automatic climate telephone keypad, COMAND infotainment controller and SD card

Being an S-Class — and the pinnacle of Benz’s range the flagship at even the ‘entry (the S350), boasts that the company doesn’t promoting, but are usually found in the most expensive of lesser These features include control with Distronic proximity control, electric for the front seats with position memory, electronic brake, Harman/Kardon LOGIC7 system, Keyless-Go, heated/ventilated seats, ‘Splitview’ screen for display, TV tuner with reception, iPod/USB connectivity for system, 12-Volt auxiliary socket, ambient lighting, woodgrain trim, leather velour floor mats, sunroof, Headlight Assist, five-spoke alloy wheels and mirrors/windows.

Long-wheelbase versions of the S 350 and S 350 CDI gain an electric roller for the rear window, electric for rear side windows, seat electric adjustment from the rear seat and position adjustment for the outboard in the rear. The V8-powered S 500 features the items in addition to the specification of the cars: Neck-Pro luxury headrests, Night View including an infrared-reflecting front power-closing doors and 19-inch wheels with nine of spokes. Additional features for the LWB of the S 500 are as for the longer six-cylinder cars, but with the upper dash in Artico.

The V12-engined S 600 L moves upmarket with Active front seats, a garage opener located in the rear-view heated/ventilated rear seating, headlining, ‘Passion’ leather unique 19-inch alloy five-speed automatic transmission (in of seven-speed unit), Active Control, chrome exterior twin trapezoidal exhaust and a radiator grille comprising pairs of louvres.

Features for the S 63 and S 65 build further on this with exclusive AMG motifs, brakes and 20-inch alloy

— Leaner running all the comforts of home

Changes to improve the fuel efficiency of the range from minor improvements to the use of lower-rolling-resistance tyres. engineers have tuned the mechanism, fuel pump and automatic transmission for greater According to the manufacturer, fuel and CO2 emissions have been by as much as seven per cent.

than those changes above, the S-Class is carried from the pre-facelift W221 V6 engines comprise a diesel unit and the 3.5-litre petrol The former develops 173kW of and 540Nm of torque for a combined-cycle of 7.6L/100km (SWB) and between 199 and of CO2 emissions, according to variant. 200kW of power and 35Nm of the petrol V6 uses between and 10.5L/100km of fuel for CO2 emissions between 234 and 245g/km.

Other the high-performance AMG engine in the S 63 AMG, the S 500 is the V8 in the current range and that unit generates 285kW of and 530Nm of torque, consuming 11.0 and 11.4L/100km, according to testing, and emitting 258 to 266g/km of The S 63 is powered by AMG’s hand-built V8 and the peak power and torque for that engine are 386kW and respectively. In the combined-cycle fuel the S 63 uses 14.4L/100km and emits of CO2.

Both the S 600 and S 65 are twin-turbo the former a 5.5-litre engine, the a 6.0-litre unit. Power and figures are 380kW/830Nm for the S 600, for the S 65. Combined-cycle fuel consumption is for the S 600, 14.5L/100km for the S 65 and CO2 emissions are 340g/km (S 600) or 346g/km (S

V6 and V8-engined variants drive the 7G-TRONIC (seven-speed) automatic to the rear wheels, while the V12 drive through a five-speed

Kerb weights measure 1955kg and up to 2270kg, depending on the which can be V6 petrol-powered on a short (3035mm) or V12 petrol-powered on a long (3165mm). The turning circle is 11.8m for the shorter models or for the long-wheelbase cars.

— answers to conventional problems

For element of design ergonomics you fault in the upgraded Mercedes Benz has an answer. You don’t the position of the cruise control on the left of the steering column? there for easy reach and the stalk is lower on the column that’s where it has to be for the prescribed to three’ hand-hold.

The steering wheel itself is large? It provides a clear of the expanse of instruments in the binnacle.

you a while to find the seat or they’ve removed the foot in favour of a hand-pull that pushes to engage the parking or it takes two menu items to the trip meter? Answers: adjustment is arranged graphically in view so there’s no groping down beside the seat, the pedal cannot now cause to the lower extremities in a crash and two operations are easier and safer reaching in between the spokes of the wheel to push a button the car’s on the move.

In short, sets its own course when it to design. The whole car is like from start to finish. Not completely logical at first the car’s design quickly itself in time.

Quite the comfort, efficiency and common of the driving position all beggar There are little items, if you’re not expecting them, surprise and delight. There is, for the LED-based analogue speedo, an that looks like a analogue dial, but is actually an matrix of light sources. The of the needle across the face of the is not a physical movement, but a wave of energy.

Another such is the seat ventilation/cooling (and which can be adjusted using the seat adjustment cluster. blue LEDs indicate the of cooling and the actual refrigeration was on a sunny 21-degree day.

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So these gadgets work so you start to expect other like powered tilt for the headrests — something Benz doesn’t actually in the car, but why not. Everything that opens, shuts, and spins is power-operated.

The seats for support and comfort are bordering on for the compromise they afford. is a big, boofy luxury car in the seats don’t feel bolstered, but you just don’t around during harder

There’s plenty of head and — and you can set yourself up to be equally at closer or further from the and dash. Not many cars can that feat, and certainly in the minimal time required in the

Take a look at the quality, the the interior styling. You may not like all the and trim options, but you’re to find something to suit and the stuff that doesn’t (the sweep of the dash top and the aluminium finish for the vents and HVAC controls), looks the anyway.

All of this — and barely looked beyond the seat!

Inside the cabin, all but the tallest will enjoy than adequate headroom. with a sunroof fitted, the will easily accommodate taller than average.

The has a large boot that’s up with similarly sized Standing at the rear of the car and reaching in the opening, you’ll have to to reach stuff that has up against the rear seat does provide luggage within). Nitpickers might it’s still a shallow due to the mechanicals beneath the floor.

Still the benchmark for crash now with more driver

With the release of the upgraded Benz has introduced or revised a of standard and optional safety These include: Adaptive Beam Assist with technology, Night View Plus (with pedestrian Lane Keeping Assist, Assist, Direct-Steer, Active Control with crosswind and Torque Vector Monitoring.

claims that Attention monitors up to 70 different parameters to the driver’s level of fatigue. If the has crossed the threshold into an level of situational awareness, the will sound an alert and a message in the instrument binnacle.

to systems in other German Swedish) prestige vehicles, Keeping Assist alerts the to deviation from the lane in the car is travelling. It can plot the car’s of travel from a centre and need not rely on markings on the of the road — a potential for drivers on Australian country

Active Body Control is a based on the car’s stability system to ensure stability in a and offset understeer by actuating the rear brake during for the Torque Vectoring Brake Benz refers to this of operation as ‘targeted one-sided

— Occidental heroes, but forget Lexus

BMW’s 7 as mentioned at the beginning of this is the car that’s most likely to a threat to the domination of the luxury and large-car segment, but it’s a thing at the present and Mercedes-Benz to re-take the crown with the before the end of the year.

Audi’s A8 is another car in a similar It’s big, German and — and new. [Ed: the A8 has just been unveiled as review was published in December For some, that’s where the inevitably ends, but open-minded should consider both the and the BMW.

There’s also a of other cars that might be worth bearing in during the purchase process. The LS is a one of the more obvious choices. has a new XJ model coming out soon and if you a higher precedence on styling, can do you a Quattroporte sedan for a price with the S-Class.

— agility and refined muscle

On the leg of the drive program, we tested a S 500. A diesel-engined S 350 CDI was tried briefly over lunch and a S 350 was the mount for the return journey. We recorded a fuel consumption for the petrol V6 — a figure of over the course of the journey.

the V8 up front, the S-Class is quick and With three blokes the S 500 was able to get past a car travelling at a rate of speed below the within a short section of In many other cars, be still waiting for a turbo to up, a transmission to swap a ratio or the car in to pull over and let you through. The big was past in a flash —

On the subject of the sequential-shift auto, it can its time pondering what to adopt, even if the driver is the shift paddles. There’s processing time taking it seems, but then the box adapts to driving style and the slower ceases to hinder progress.

noise is muted until time as you call upon the power. When gears are manually, the V8 remains powerful across the rev range and its overall encourages the driver to reach for a gear in the name of driving At times, on the overrun and then up to higher revs, the V8 really with the breadth of its power It never feels short of or under pressure.

The V6 has a nicer engine note we recall for other Benz which sound slightly The S 350’s engine is also — although not to the same as the V8.


Based on just a brief the diesel S-Class (the S 350 mustered heaps of torque and had the to break traction on dry bitumen. One of our complained that the diesel is away from traffic — a symptom of the neutral-shift re-engaging drive and then the spooling up for the standing start. We can say a bootful of throttle from a start will result in hesitation, but the diesel then more than enough to compensate — or possibly overcompensate.

The S-Class offers a well balanced ride and set-up, tending (as is appropriate for a to err more on the side of ride. At road speeds, the suspension over such things as and expansion joints in freeways. For all its quality though, the S-Class feels squirmy or squirrely over bumps and potholes. The doesn’t come at the expense of

In corners, the S-Class skates to an optimal line through and feels not much larger a C-Class once you get into the bits. Steering allows you to the car with high-level accuracy on the and there’s always plenty of without inconsistent loads the wheel. The Mercedes pulls up a nice ‘soft stop’ too.

Our day with the revised left us impressed by the big Benz. It a relaxed and safe driving but the car can be hurried along in a less manner when need be. is a car that can be all things to all owners.

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