Car review MercedesBenz SClass driven road test BBC Top Gear

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When Mercedes throws its might into high-tech for luxury and safety, the results are so that it’s hard to where to begin.

Try this. telling myself to ignore a bump ahead and hit it at about the sensible speed, puckering as it passes beneath the bonnet. Ha!

The brutal shock never Binocular-vision cameras in the windscreen seen the bump, causing the active suspension to lift wheel at the exact moment due to meet the tyre. Not just off a spring or damper, but actively the wheel. The disturbance is what expect from driving a couple of catseyes. Now, not suggesting you clatter through at car-chase velocity, because a kid run out from the school gate the S-Class also has pretty pedestrian recognition and autonomous braking).

I’m just that the new S’s optional Body Control does things for comfort over bumps and potholes.

Or how about this? We’re in traffic, two lanes of it, down a street with traffic I set the adaptive cruise control, the throttle and the Mercedes sets I remove my hands from the and my feet from the pedals. The car steering, slowing, accelerating and to keep its place behind an

It’s building a map of the situation those stereo cameras as as three different radar This is not a closed-test-track experiment, by the way it’s real traffic on a rainy weekday afternoon. At one a Suzuki Swift dives in of me. The Benz obligingly makes then follows it.

In a while, the dodges back into the lane, and the Mercedes heads off the Audi. I haven’t touched the or brakes yet. I have the wheel occasionally, but only the car flashes up a warning to remind me it an autonomous driving system.

Oh no, it’s a driver-support system, so if I to play my part every 10 or so, it would shut itself

As with the speed-bump stunt, not advocating you drive without due For a start, the self-steering does lose the plot, and when it you’re probably bearing on a kerb or a lorry in the next And in the time it takes to refocus attention from texting or and grab the wheel, you’ll have had the accident.

Which that absenting yourself from the driving is scary than relaxing. But allowing it to — not replace — you ease the strain to a surprising

And easing the strain is what the S is all This is one of those cars over generations, has always its market, leaving rivals themselves against it and finding points of difference. It knows it is and plays to its strengths.

Relaxed, safe, cosseting,

So while the technologies dominate thinking about the new S, it’s to remember they’re bolted what is, at heart, a very luxury barge. The self-driving kit and Body Control are a £6,600 hit to the L, but the car isn’t sparse without. the base S350 diesel has a of lavish plushness, equipped two 12.3-inch hi-res screens, air navigation and internet, and even a system consisting entirely of — headlamps, cabin everything.

The design of the outside has an that isn’t apparent in It avoids the brutally dictatorial that characterised some of its Inside, it’s not really to my — too ornamental and a bit Fifties in its of curves and surfaces — but done with a conviction carries the day.

And while and BMW simply make their saloon interiors a slightly version of their smaller the S-Class stands apart as its own


The longer of the two wheelbases allows to option a pair of soft and back seats that near-horizontally, with electric cushions and heating not just for the surfaces but even the armrests. knows this market so it has even provided two different to arrange the front passenger to maximise stretching room for the behind, depending on whether culture allows or disapproves of the of unshod feet.

The engine and we’ve seen before: wrong with the silken of the 455bhp twin-turbo V8. It answers and no fuss. Silence is near-uncanny, not of the engine but passage through the air and the road, too.

The car is lighter (by in the S350 diesel), thanks to a proportion of aluminium in the shell, and also stiffer, so you feel less vibration through the column and less body after sharp bumps.

The S500’s active suspension has two an automatic one that uses the Body Control and aims to keep supple. It rolls a and understeers and heaves if you drive you’ve got no passengers, but the ride is over big bumps and excellent if not unmatched over smaller Hit Sport, and the Magic Body turns off, but it’s not jarring. In corners, things up, the roll disappears and the understeer is

It’s not engaging, but it’d be enough for getting away a diplomatic incident.

Yet, what’s his favourite feature, engineer Dr Hermann Storp mention any of the technological panoply. He at the butter-soft leather cushions in the seat, with elastic so you can them to the headrests and get some relaxation. It’s a complicated car makes travel blissfully

The numbers

4663cc twin-turbo V8 RWD, 455bhp, 516lb ft, 207g/km CO2, 0-62mph in 155mph, 2015kg, £88,130


Once again, the S-Class its rivals, both for luxury-car and for the luxury car itself.



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