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Review: Mercedes-Benz S550 is a of technology

The days when in a car meant shiny chrome on the and dead trees and cows on the have long faded. is 2013, when even can fail to impress: Cut-rate have navigation systems, and the Ford can park itself.

So Mercedes-Benz set out to develop the latest — the pinnacle of indulgence for a brand owns it — the automaker knew the wouldn’t do.

This full-size starts at $93,825 and is often the top in the blue-blooded class that the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Porsche and — if we’re being generous — the LS.

PHOTOS: The 2014 S550 and out

Mercedes is keen to keep sales crown, despite new generations of the S-Class only eight or nine years. So for the automaker turned the S550 into a rolling buffet of and safety features that may like wizardry now but will be on lesser vehicles in the future.

What distinguishes the S550 is how it integrates such functions. the S-Class attracting mainly buyers loyal to its tradition, didn’t want to scare off the Fortunately, in the S550, the plutocrats and the can finally share a ride. And oh a ride it will be.

Consider Body Control, a $4,450 This system scans the with a stereoscopic camera on the windshield. When it detects in the car’s path, the S-Class the air suspension accordingly.

And it’s not as if the car needs it. The ride on our $112,265 car without Magic Body — adaptive air suspension is standard — was one of the more serene and balanced in

Mercedes has a long history of the S-Class to introduce groundbreaking technologies. Some have become common or even for the industry — anti-lock brakes in for instance, and air bags in 1981. The iteration is no different.

This latest model itself with 360 degrees of coverage, scanning for threats on the It can recognize a pedestrian, a bicyclist or car and determine its direction and how the car should react.

The safety features into action even if the car moving. If the S-Class senses an rear-end collision, it will the brakes, tighten the seat close the windows and inflate the on the side of each seat.

these systems offer a into the future of self-driving — as Mercedes made clear the recent Frankfurt Auto The automaker debuted a fully S-Class and announced that the car had a 62-mile test drive on streets.

That prototype had a few upgrades from the S550 now Our test car came with $2,800 driver’s assistance which includes radar-cruise active lane-keeping assist, assist, blind-spot monitoring and assist. Together they add up to a car can drive and steer itself in conditions on the freeway, especially traffic.

When the system worked, it well and didn’t intrude on the experience. This is crucial to safety benefits — automated aren’t helpful if drivers them annoying or confusing and them off. But the lane-keeping would occasionally shut because of a system error. And this is a $112,265 car, makes a better system on that cost half as

Fortunately, the S-Class remains at non-autonomous driving. Power from a sweet twin-turbocharged V-8 that’s largely the same as the S-Class. Its 4.6 liters make 455 and 516 pound-feet of torque.

This hooks up to a seven-speed automatic that pushes power to the wheels, or all four if you opt for all-wheel Fuel economy is rated at 17 mpg in the and 25 on the highway. Over 200 miles of city driving, we averaged 14 mpg.

Despite a prodigious 4,729-pound weight, Mercedes says versions of the S550 will do the run in 4.8 seconds. Not so many years such a time would brought a tear to a Porsche eye.

Despite moving with aplomb, the S550 felt particularly agile in the Its heft remained a lingering the Audi A8 and the BMW 7 series both more nimble.

This target buyers, however, won’t mind. They’ll in the meticulously redesigned interior and trouble noticing anything Higher-echelon S-Class models creep into Bentley so the entire model range was a cabin worthy of such a

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

This car steps firmly the digital age with the banishment of any gauges. The driver sees a of 12.3-inch screens; one for the instrument and one for the rest of the car’s navigation, control and stereo functions.

The is also the first car in the world without a single light Instead, nearly 500 LEDs are throughout the car.

Elsewhere in the cabin, the passengers are in an expanse of lush wood around them. They air that’s been ionized and by one of four scents, if desired. Any car can its seats, so the S-Class heats the throughout the cabin too. The seats, all four of them, now a hot-stone setting.

Space, of is plentiful. The car’s footprint and are largely unchanged from the generation. The S550’s body is and curvaceous in an understated sort of Yet it has the proportions that tell the guy in the lane that a single costs — and weighs — more his car.

Overall, the entire experience lives up to its distinguished Mercedes started calling model the S-Class in 1972; the stands for sonderklasse . or special The new model’s unrivaled mix of comfort, and technology will certainly be in the future. But for now, this car is special.


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2014 S550

Times’ take: A car for people used to feeling way

Highs: Groundbreaking safety, interior, smooth engine

Still drives like a exterior is generic

Vehicle Four-door full-size luxury

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