The S-Class is designed to cover long distances, and you won’t be able to lounge in the back if your driver is uncomfortable up front. Relax: he won’t be. There’s plenty of leg, shoulder and head room for two large adults in the front of this big Mercedes.
The large, deeply padded front centre armrest features ample stowage and two cupholders. The large glovebox is air conditioned, and there are reading lamps and a glasses stowage compartment.
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 rear space
Even the standard-wheelbase version is huge
Rear passengers should have no complaints with the space on offer in an S-Class, especially in the stretched-wheelbase model. 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 a Rear Seat Reclining Package (it’s standard on the AMG S65) that moves the front passenger seat out of the way, allowing the seat behind it to recline almost to the level of the fold-flat seats you find on long-haul aircraft.
The optional Rear Seat Comfort Package brings massage seats, and an entertainment system. A Comfort Package provides a heated rear armrest.
In standard guise, cupholders, map pockets on the backs of the front seats and a centre armrest with internal stowage are all provided.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class seating flexibility
Make your choice and stick with it
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.
Things are better up front where even on the entry-level 350 d SE, the front passenger seat is electrically powered and has four-way lumbar adjustment.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class boot space
Easily enough space for more than the benchmark set of golf clubs
Regardless of the car’s wheelbase, the S-Class’s boot capacity remains the same: 510 litres. In real-world terms, that’s enough for several sets of golf clubs or a family’s luggage for a week away.
It’s just as well that the capacity is relatively generous, because the rear seats cannot be folded down to extend the boot space. In this respect, the S-Class’s practicality is a definite step behind the Range Rover’s.
On the flipside, there are parcel nets and load securing rings in the boot for valuable or unstable loads. There’s a 12V power socket, too.
The boot opening is conveniently low, with only the smallest lip to lift heavy bags over.