2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class review: Should you buy it?
Few cars carry such a burden of expectations like the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Each generation has been dubbed as the "best car in the world" and with the latest model, Mercedes-Benz has pulled out all the stops to create its most technologically advanced car ever. The 2021 S-Class debuts path-breaking technology along with having even more luxury and comfort. Here's our review.
The new S-Class is 34mm longer and 22mm wider than its predecessor and only the long wheelbase model is available in India. In terms of design, the S-Class is now sportier thanks to AMG exterior details like the protruding front bumper and the 20-inch alloy wheels. That said, the design still flaunts elegance and has immense road presence, much like its predecessors.
Inside, Mercedes-Benz has taken luxury and technology to new heights thanks to a myriad of sophisticated features. However, the first impression that you get is of the simplicity of the cabin design courtesy the button-free center console. The massive OLED touchscreen is the nerve center of the car while the high quality materials and top-notch craftsmanship will impress one and all.
Compared to the outgoing model, the new S-Class gets a 51mm longer wheelbase which enables it to have a spacious cabin. The rear seats are extremely cosseting and have a heated cushion to rest your head on. The seats have a 10-massage program. The company has also offered an ENERGIZING vitality program, which includes an on-board fragrance dispenser and active ambient lighting.
No other luxury car offers as many features as the new S-Class. The long list includes a 12.3-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen with the latest MBUX infotainment system, massage programs, navigation, and driver assistance features. You also get a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, twin sunroofs, rear entertainment system, a Burmester 4D surround sound system, 3D driver's display, 4-zone climate control, and digital headlamps, among others.
We drove the S450 petrol which has a 3.0-liter turbocharged motor producing 367hp/500Nm. It also gets the 4MATIC all-wheel-drive system along with a 9-speed automatic gearbox. The new S-Class has a rear-axle steering which makes the rear wheels turn in the opposite direction to cut the turning circle. We found the petrol engine to be extremely refined and smooth, while being extremely powerful.
Standard in the new S-Class is the electronic air suspension along with drive mode settings to alter throttle response and increase/decrease the ground clearance. The new version does retain the pliant ride quality and comfort for which the S-Class is famous for. The car cruises effortlessly and is now much easier to drive thanks to less body roll around the corners.
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is available in India in a single "Launch Edition" trim and it is nearly sold out. Being a CBU import, the S450 petrol is priced at Rs. 2.19 crore (ex-showroom) and that makes it more expensive than its rivals. However, the new S-Class does justify its pricing with an unbeatable combination of luxury, comfort, technology, and driving experience.