Six airbags (two-stage front bags, front seat side impact bags and full length windowbags) are fitted as standard, and ISOFIX child seat mounting points with top tethers are fitted to all rear seats. The front passenger seat includes the Mercedes Benz automatic child seat sensor, which deactivates airbags when an appropriate transponder-equipped baby seat is used. Remote central locking and tyre pressure loss warning system are also standard. All this is alarmed and immobilised, and numerous cubby holes and storage areas in the cabin help keep valuables away from prying eyes.
Upgrading to SE for £2,950 adds a host of extra features. Metallic paint is standard, and the red-tinted rear lights complement the exterior chrome trim elements. An interior lighting package keeps things inside visible when it’s dark, thanks to their calming orange glow. The executive front seats are now fully electrically-adjustable, and the standard model’s aluminium trim is replaced with burr walnut. Rather than being trimmed in fabric and Artico material (standard models), the SE cars have full leather upholstery - available in three colours.
Sport models also feature similar enhancements to the SE versions, like metallic paint, but with a more sporting intent. The alloy wheels are 19" with five spokes and 255/50 R 19 tyres. The front seats are heavily-bolstered sports seats (still electrically-adjustable); the interior trim is black aluminium whilst the seats are clad in Alcantara and Artico materials.
Every R-Class sold in the UK through an official Mercedes Benz Retailer has a three-year unlimited mileage warranty, variable service intervals and up to 30 year MobiloLife anti-corrosion and breakdown cover.
Heralded by many as the "best car in the world", the outgoing S-Class Saloon has set a tough benchmark for its successor to follow. Early indications have been extremely promising, though, and now the luxury car standards have been redefined.
Prices for the award-winning new model, which arrives in UK showrooms on 16th March, start from £54,975 for the S 320 CDI. Moving from the standard to long wheelbase version adds £4,000 to the price.
As befits the flagship of the Mercedes Benz range, equipment levels are generous. The S 320 CDI has 17" alloy wheels with 235/55 R 17 tyres; seven-speed 7G-TRONIC automatic transmission with Speedtronic speed limiter and cruise control as standard (controlled by a DIRECT SELECT wand on the steering column); adaptive brake lights (which flash in emergency braking conditions); and adaptive brakes that hold the car when stationary. These brakes are also fitted with ABS and BAS Brake Assist, and the ESP electronic stability program and ASR acceleration skid control keeps things on an even keel. Metallic paint is standard, and nano-particle clearcoat will ensure a showroom shine for years to come.