Mercedes Benz S-Class 400

Among the world's finest automobiles

"The S-Class is a step above other elite full-size luxury sedans in refinement, technology and luxury"

"Beautiful inside and out and comfortable to a shocking degree" said Issam

"A car that feels every bit as distinctive and theoretically revolutionary as its recognized predecessors"

This is the third time I have laid my hands on this S-Class sedan. Honestly, each time I walk toward the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, I notice something new, some sophistication that appeals me. It might be the way the magical front grille looks; it is like an airplane propeller.

Or perhaps it's the intense bodyline that twitches above the front wheel and then slowly ends up before reaching the rear wheel.

First time was two years ago in Toronto, Canada. Second time was last summer in Beirut, and now this year in Abu Dhabi. I collected the car from EMC (Emirates Motor Company), official dealer of Mercedes-Benz in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

Driving the S-Class from Abu Dhabi to Dubai is not an engaging drive. It's amazingly noiseless and agile. The steering wheel has no feel; it has huge maneuvering stability at high speeds. But at the end of the day, these kinds of vehicles in this segment are not super charming to drive. The idea of being chauffeured is, though. The S-Class Coupe is always there! As you all know, a S-Class is about the safest cars of its time. It's bigger than before (watch tight parking spots), but the design is intelligent so it should make you happy.

Exterior
People all over the world recognize a Mercedes-Benz straight away. The classic Mercedes face runs like a golden thread through the brand's history. The sophisticated design of the S-Class has always been an expression of luxury and automotive grandeur of its era. And this new generation S-Class continues this tradition. With its classic architecture and flowing silhouette, it is a modern embodiment of sensual clarity. The design draws a line from the sophisticated, progressive design idiom to the classic elegance of 1930s cars - intelligence that speaks to the emotions. Stylish sportiness and sensual forms in synthesis with timeless clarity and effortless superiority make the S-Class a true design icon.

Interior
When you jump inside the cockpit of the S-Class, you will notice its clear architecture; its interior design embodies a classic, superior, cutting-edge saloon. The interior's expressive character derives from a uniquely fluid, sensuously elegant style. Horizontal elements and lines create a setting characterized by visual breadth and calm solidity. High quality and elegance harmonize with clarity and functionality: the interior design of the S-Class combines' rides comfort, spaciousness and user-friendliness to the very highest standard.

The perfectly coordinated use of materials and colors produces an exclusive interior seemingly cast from a single mold. There is generous use of wood trim, especially in the dashboard and center console. Metalized switch surfaces with pearl-effect paint finishes in three color shades to suit the interior color particularly highlight the outstanding quality.

Passengers in the rear are also seated in first class - the design and exclusivity of the seats, door panels and all controls are to the same high standard as the front. As an additional individualization feature, the first class rear suite incorporates a business center console combining personal comfort with practical convenience (integration of a telephone handset, additional stowage compartments, folding table, etc.).

Verdict
Lavish, dominant, overflowing with technology, the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the finest luxury cars on the market. Few cars have reached achievement like the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan. For decades, it has been a CEO's luxury carrier of choice due to its command, elegance and technological superiority that keep rivals like the new BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Lexus LS endlessly competing to catch-up.

Rivals: BMW 7-Series, Audi A8, Lexus LS, Jaguar XJ, Maserati Quattroporte 
Pros: luxurious, full of technology and gadgets, ride comfort, acceleration, safety, lavish cabin
Cons: rivals cars are more likeable to drive 
Stars: 4.5
One word: over-the-top

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