So we got through to the final 10 automotive blogs in the UK Blog Awards. We needed to arrive in style. Weapon of choice? The Mercedes S Class of course.
Specifically an S 350 BlueTEC L SE LINE. Its 3.0 litre diesel V6 puts out 258 HP and a gargantuan 620 Nm of torque. All this power is fed through the 7 speed G-Tronic Plus gearbox.
As we have previously said this is THE car to be chauffeured in, arguably the daddy of the Mercedes range. Since the S Class was born in 1972 it has been at the peak of automotive luxury.
Our long wheelbase model measured in at just over 5.2 metres in length, it’s a big old beast but has such road presence.
The styling of this current generation S Class has really been refined, the rear sloping lights are neater than the previous model and the front looks cleaner and more defined. The light signature on this car is superb, the daytime running lights look so smart.
Even at 5 metres in length it has a sleek, well sculpted look about it.
Now obviously we couldn’t just arrive anonymously, so we took the car along to X Graphics to have some subtle sign writing added. It finished the car off nicely and garnered a lot of attention on our travels.
Once inside the S Class you are surrounded by buttons and gadgets galore…I’m not going to lie it took me a good 15 minutes to work out how to turn the stereo on. There are a plethora of switches adorning the centre console, one of them being an ‘On’ button on the far side…
Pretty much everything in the S Class can be customised to suit your needs, from ambient lighting colour to the amount of air freshener being inducted through the vents. The seats can be heated or air conditioned, bolster grip can be increased to eyeball popping levels and that’s just up front.
Our car was fitted with just over 9k of rear seats, the executive rear package adds heating, cooling, electric adjustment and memory; whilst the rear seat comfort package adds a massage function and rear seat entertainment…last but not least the rear seat reclining package allows the nearside rear seat to fully recline.
A car weighing 1,975 kg with only 258 HP should feel slow, but 0-60 is a rather impressive 6.8 seconds. Put your right foot down in any gear and you wait a split second for the gearbox to catch up before being thrust towards the horizon with seamlessly smooth torque. It really is effortless at gathering pace.
Ride is – as you would expect – superb. You simply glide over imperfections with only a distant thud being heard in the cabin, unusually there is a ‘Sport’ setting for the suspension…we didn’t use it.
As with any big, luxury motor you are cocooned and all sense of speed soon disappears, the speedo doesn’t creep ever higher as we found in the Range Rover Sport and you actually drive slower in the S Class, savouring every mile and cruising serenely through the busy streets of London. This is one calming Merc.
Some of the notable tech includes the radar guided cruise control, it works seamlessly. Slowing down and speeding up whenever cars change lanes on the motorway leaving you free to pay more attention to what’s going on up ahead.
Our car also had the night vision camera package, driving along dark unlit country lanes is just excellent. The view appears between the speedo and the rev counter so you can quickly scan what’s up ahead, in case you have missed anything lurking in the shadows.
Wireless headphones ensure that the rear passengers can listen independently, and the touch screen entertainment package gives internet access meaning you are truly connected to the outside world…oh, and that also goes for the cars in built Wi-Fi.
The final bit of tech is the 360 degree around view camera, it actually shows you an aerial view of the car when manoeuvring. This allows you to see how close you are at each side and the rear…it’s a bit like black magic in the way it works…we half expected to open the roof blind to find a Mercedes drone hovering above us.
Mercedes latest S Class is true luxury. SE Line in long wheelbase form starts at £65,650 or car had another £30k thrown at it bringing the price to £95,990.
Restraint is the best word to be used when you get to the option list, but if you have that sort of money to spend on a car to waft up and down the motorway to important business meetings this is the car for you.
As for the Blog Awards…we didn’t win. But the luxurious S Class truly added to a very memorable evening for Team Carwitter.