Be prepared for a deluge of annoyances and pointless features symptomatic of the modern trend for complication! While the engineering and quality are improved no end, actually living with the car can at times be genuinely irritating.
Aside from COMAND, which is the crowbarred-in nuisance we now expect from the Germans, the single most aggravating thing is the car's seven-speed box. It holds onto the wrong gear, snatches/thumps when you hesitate (eg. at busy roundabouts), and searches endlessly on a trailing throttle.
My old S-Class allowed you to select comfort suspension and a sports box, giving you the ideal combination of responsive throttle but pliant ride. The new one links the two settings, meaning if you want fast reactions to your right foot you also have to have to have firm suspension. So it stops feeling like a luxury car.
It's also too big. The previous model shrunk when you drove it and was a cinch to chuck down small lanes. Because of the trend for high flanks, the new one can feel unwieldy and that rising bonnet and flared arches mean it's trickier to negotiate narrow streets.
Overall the new S rides superbly - it's better than any other car at any price - and is reasonably quiet, but it's turned into a computer with integrated armchairs. Heaven only knows who'll buy these things ten years from now when they technology they contain is seriously out of date and all going wrong.
i purchased this car in january of 2007 for the sum of £82,000. now as you would of guessed my car is fully loaded being that a diesel does not cost that much. i chose the amg wheels but not the body kit as it spoils the look. i have found that the interior is fabulous but it lacks that special feel which you used to get in the mercedes 560sel, which is one of my all time favourites from the mercedes product range. the diesel is underpowered being the fact that i owned a 5.0 V8 before so i might be missing that feel of power. but all in all iam ver pleased with the car but unfortunately i shall not be purchasing another in time to come. my next choice will be the bentley flying spur or maybe the bentley continental gt.
I have owned my S320 CDI for just 2 weeks and covered just 1000 miles, but I already know the decision to spend such a large amount of money on this car is the right one. I spent my previous 20,000 miles with the same engine and transmission combination in an E Class, but the installation in the S class surpasses my expectations. The car is so much better than the sum of its parts and works perfectly. The ability to arrive at destinations ahead of schedule with negligible effort continues to impress along with the average of almost 40mpg. The COMAND system is worth the effort of getting to know and with the addition of linguatronic becomes second nature very quickly. Night driving with the ambient lighting and the active bi-xenon headlights is a pleasure and the reversing camera makes parking simple. I have never driven a car which makes so little fuss of completing a swift, safe journey. Is that the definition of the best luxury car of the moment? I think so.
The car is just fantastic - it's smooth, powerful and a pleasure to drive.
I am amazed at the miles to the gallon it does - it averages 35 to the gallon.
The car looks good outside and inside. The safety features are second to none.
I will definetely purchase another after this one.
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