Mercedes Benz S350 Review

Mercedes Benz S350
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Mercedes Benz S-Class Review

Mercedes Benz S350 Review | Part TwoMercedes Benz S350 Review | Part ThreeMercedes Benz S350 Road Test

Settle down with a cup of coffee, this is going to be a long one.

Settle down with a cup of coffee, this is going to be a long one.

Lesson one: Learn the layout and controls of your vehicle. This is easier said than done, in the luxurious new S-Class. I spent the first twenty minutes or so of acclimatisation grinning and chuckling as I pressed, pushed and generally played with buttons and levers. And, I still didn’t get through all of the functions. A friend of mine took delivery of his new S-Class, two months ago and he tells me that he still hasn’t figured it all out.

Mastering the vast array of electronic gadgetry is clearly a concern to Mercedes Benz as every page in the short-form handbook (the main one is the size of a small bible) contains a message at the bottom, warning of death and injury if you don’t read it thoroughly before driving - well, words to that effect.

After getting into the car using the optional (£820) Keyless-go system, that lives up to its name, the huge expanse of soft leather welcomes you into the multi-contoured front seats. These are also optional at a cost of £880, as are the comfort headrests at £200. The seats have a 12-way adjustment via a series of buttons on the door panel, which are set out and shaped to mimic the seat.

The extra money, however, also buys a clever internal system that inflates the seat’s side bolsters and backrests for extra cornering support, activated depending on information received, regarding the car’s speed and steering angle. This takes milliseconds and has another advantage - the chambers can be inflated and deflated to provide a massaging effect with fast/slow, gentle and vigorous settings. It is supposed to help weary drivers but, to be honest, all I got was a strange tingling in my feet.

Pressing the engine stop/start button prompts the multi-functional (heated £220) steering wheel to sedately move out towards the driver and the blank screen behind comes to life with a colour display of the speedometer with moving needle. The 8-inch screen also has overlays for information from the Trip, Navigation, Audio and Source menus, which are activated via controls on the steering wheel. It has yet another function - the screen is used for the extremely effective Night View Assist (£1,320)

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Mercedes Benz S-Class Road Test Data
Model ReviewedMercedes Benz S350
  
Body Type4-Door Saloon
ColourCubanite Silver
  
Performance (manufacturers data) 
  
0 - 62 mph7.2 Seconds
Top Speed 155 mph
  
Transmission7G-Tronic 7-Speed Automatic Transmission with Tipfunction and Speedtronic cruise control
  
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
  
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
  
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
  
Urban19.5 mpg
Extra Urban36.7 mpg
Combined28 mpg
  
Insurance Group19
Euro NCAP RatingTBA
Warranty3-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty
MobiloLife is Mercedes Benz's guarantee to keep you mobile for up to 30 years. Renewed after each service performed by a Mercedes Benz authorised dealer and remains valid until the next service is due
Price (when tested on the 08/08/06)£56,765

The information contained within this Mercedes Benz S-Class review may have changed since publication on the 8 August 2006. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Mercedes Benz dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. carpages.co.uk © 2018