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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

EXPERT RATING
8
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We turn the spotlight on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class 500L and ask the crucial questions, including the biggest -- would you buy one?

What is it?

This is third down from the top of the Mercedes-Benz tree, the S500L – a long wheelbase version of the new S-Class which underwent a generational change late last year.

How much?

Cost a bomb at $310,000 plus on roads – and options.

What are competitors?

Three possibly four - the BMW 7-Series, Jaguar XJ, Lexus LS 460/600, Maserati Quattroporte and the new Audi A8.

What's under the bonnet?

Copious power comes from the twin turbo, direct injection petrol V8 of 4.7-litres capacity. It's good for 335kW/700Nm output, the latter at 1800rpm. Drive goes to the rear wheels through a seven speed auto with paddle shift.

How does it go?

Whoosh – indecently quick for a 2.0-tonne plus limo. Puts away a 0-100kmh sprint in a mere 4.7 seconds. Has prodigious roll on acceleration, makes virtually no noise unless you are up it for the rent.

Is it economical?

Surprisingly economical with 9.2-litres/100km within reach, even better than that on the freeway. 

Is it green?

Yes, has plenty of emissions technology and gets an EU6 pass. Slippery body rated at Cd0.24 helps matters. Pity it weighs so much.

Is it safe?

Five stars plus almost every imaginable driver assistance feature. Of particular note is Intelligent Drive which networks numerous safety systems such as Distronic radar cruise, Brake Assist, Cross Traffic Alert, Active Lane Keeping, Adaptive High Beam, Night Vision, Attention Assist.  This car couldn't be far off autonomous drive – no driver

Is it comfortable?

Supremely.  Has just about every luxury invented including heated and ventilated seats with heated arm rests, Magic Ride Control which uses a stereo camera to scan the road and set the suspension accordingly, large format info/control screen, Voice activated phone and audio, and even climate control with active perfume system.

What's it like to drive?

Sensational. smooth, silent, tactile, multi drive modes, more luxury than you can imagine. Engine performance is surprising. Bumps. what bumps? 

Is it value for money?

Not really with this car up around the 350 grand mark – with options and on road costs. Possible appeal for billionaires.

Pricing guides

$137,970
Based on third party pricing data
Lowest Price
$78,600
Highest Price
$197,340

Range and Specs

VehicleSpecsPrice*
S500 4.7L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $102,500 – 129,580 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2014 S500 Pricing and Specs
S63 AMG 5.5L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $155,200 – 196,240 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2014 S63 AMG Pricing and Specs
S63 AMG L 5.5L, PULP, 7 SP AUTO $142,900 – 180,730 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2014 S63 AMG L Pricing and Specs
S300 Bluetec Hybrid 2.1L, Hyb/Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $78,600 – 99,440 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2014 S300 Bluetec Hybrid Pricing and Specs
EXPERT RATING
8