The S-Class gets a vast quantity of state-of-the-art safety equipment as standard, including a Pre-Safe system that uses the seatbelts to pull occupants into the best possible position if it detects that a crash is imminent, and automatic emergency braking to hopefully prevent the crash happening.
There are plenty of safety-related options, too. Buyers can order everything from a night vision system, to a system that allows the S-Class to automatically follow the car in front in traffic jams – you don’t have to brake, accelerate, steer or even change lanes yourself, because the car can do it all. From mid 2017 this was updated to include the ability to read the road ahead using GPS data and slow down for bends, or react to changing speed limits. Few rivals can compete with the car’s level of standard safety equipment, or the array of options available for those buyers with very deep pockets. The only blip is Euro NCAP hasn’t tested the S-Class. That means we’re not able to give it our five-star rating.
According to Thatcham Research, a security firm, the S-Class scored the maximum five stars for its resistance to theft, and four stars for its resistance to being broken into.
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