Space & practicality

Mercedes-Benz S-Class review

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18 Jul 2017 13:51 | Last updated: 11 Oct 2018 11:20

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Space & practicality

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon front space

The S-Class is designed to cover long distances, and you might not be able to fully chill out in the rear if you thought your driver was uncomfortable up front. Relax: he won’t be. There’s plenty of leg, shoulder and head room available for two large adults up there.

The big, deeply padded front centre armrest features ample stowage beneath and there are two cupholders. Plus you get a large glovebox that is air conditioned to keep your refreshments nicely chilled.

The doors open very wide allowing the most amply proportioned driver and passenger to enter and depart the S-Class with their dignity intact. To aid the process further still, the steering wheel conveniently rises out of the way automatically, on all versions.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon rear space

Rear passengers should have no complaints with the space on offer in an S-Class, especially in the long-wheelbase model that’s optional on the S 350 d but standard for everything else in the range. Several rear-seat layouts are available, such as a straightforward three-person bench, or two individual chairs separated by a centre console with fold-out tables and cupholders that heat or cool drinks.

You can even specify the Executive Equipment Line that adds electrically reclining rear seats, with a memory function, so you can sit back and put your feet up.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon seating flexibility

How flexible the seating is in an S-Class depends largely on what seating package you specify when you order the car. For example, if you choose the Rear Seat Comfort Package that has two reclining rear seats with massage functionality, there will not be space for three people in the back of the car.

However, regardless of the seating layout you order, the rear seats cannot fold down to extend the boot space. This feature isn’t even offered as an option so if you need more flexibility look at a Range Rover instead.

Things are better up front, where even on the entry-level 350d AMG Line, the front passenger seat is electrically powered and has four-way lumbar adjustment.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class saloon boot space

Depending on which engine and trim you go for, the S-Class’s boot capacity ranges from 470 litres in the S65 to 530 litres in the S500 and S63. The S350d sits in the middle with 510 litres. In real-world terms, that leaves the S65 a bit tight for what’s expected of such a large car, while the bigger boots offer enough space for a couple sets of golf clubs or a couple of large suitcases.

The rear seats cannot be folded down to extend the boot space, so in this respect the S-Class’s practicality is a definite step behind a Range Rover’s.

At least the boot opening is conveniently low, with only the smallest lip to lift heavy bags over.

 

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