The Mercedes S-Class has been the default limousine of choice for decades, but this current model takes technology and efficiency to new levels.
For example, on some top-end versions, the suspension uses windscreen-mounted cameras to read the road ahead and prepare the system for potholes. Meanwhile, engines range from frugal diesels to a low-emissions, plug-in hybrid.
In truth, the S-Class has relatively few rivals. One less conventional alternative is the Range Rover. This car has real go-anywhere ability but lacks the Mercedes’ technology, perceived quality, infotainment systems and efficiency.
It’s also more expensive than our favourite version of the S-Class, the S350 d, which has all the style, equipment and performance anyone could want, for a reasonable price. Perhaps more pertinent to many S-Class buyers is the BMW 7 Series, which has similarly flamboyant technology and cushy, limousine-appropriate manners, although even this falls a fraction short of the Mercedes’ overall polish and ability.
Small wonder, then, that, like its predecessors, the current S-Class is such a hit with What Car?.