Passenger & boot space
How it copes with people and clutter
The Mercedes S-Class is a big, wide car, so space up front is, unsurprisingly, plentiful. There’s lots of leg, shoulder and head room for two large adults, even with a panoramic glass roof fitted.
The wide, deeply padded front centre armrest has plenty of storage underneath. The armrests, including those on the doors, are heated in the top two trims. You’ll also find a couple of generously proportioned cupholders for the largest takeaway coffees, plus big door bins.
The doors open very wide, allowing the most generously proportioned driver and passenger to get in and out with their dignity intact. To aid the process further still, the steering wheel rises out of the way automatically on all versions.
Passengers in the back of the S-Class should have no complaints about the space on offer, especially with the long-wheelbase body style that’s optional with AMG Line Premium trim and standard on every model above. It's roomier and more comfortable than the Audi A8, thanks to more head room and a better seating position. On the upper models, the soft, padded headrests are a joy to behold.
All models come with a three-person rear bench and a sizeable fold-out armrest, while long-wheelbase models include electric adjustment for the outer seats.
If you opt for the most expensive AMG Line Premium Plus Executive, you'll get an electrically extendable footrest that pops out from beneath the front passenger seat, plus sunblinds on all the rear windows.
Seat folding and flexibility
The good news is that the S-Class's front passenger gets the exact same range of seat adjustments as the driver, including lumbar adjustment. The passenger also gets hot stone massaging if you order the AMG Line Premium Plus trim.
The bad news is that you can’t fold down the rear seats, but there is a ski hatch for your… well, you know. If you want luxury with more versatility, we'd suggest looking at the Range Rover.
Boot space is good for a luxury saloon: around 550 litres. That's bigger than the Audi A8's boot and enough for a few large cases. All versions have an electric, gesture-controlled bootlid.
As above, we'd suggest you have a look at the Range Rover if you need to carry more luggage. Its boot is truly vast, especially with its rear seats folded.
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