However, lesser car makers also inspect the S-Class very closely because it signals the way in which technology is advancing, technology that will eventually work its way down into more affordable cars.
The big grille is a reminder of the classic days of older Mercedes and the subtle swage lines along the sides neatly take the bulk out of what is a large car.
As befits a car in the limo class, it’s positively luxurious inside with a classic timber, leather and stitching in high grade materials that give the feeling you could be inside a top class hotel.
Instead it uses hundreds of LED lights which consume about a quarter of the energy of old-fashioned lights.
This spreads the light widely and lets you see far more than standard lights.
Tail and brake lights vary in intensity according to ambient light showing maximum light when the car is in bright areas, such as cities, but less when it is surrounded by darkness.
There’s a lot of car around you and though the S-Class is equipped with a full range of parking options aimed at easy parking.
Its torque is seemingly endless and gives a satisfying feeling that’s sure to impress all those who love their cars to have plenty of grunt.
You barely realize the car is climbing hills so well do the big torque and responsive automatic transmission work together.
Fuel consumption 9L/100km (combined), 215g/km CO2 Tank 88L
Safety 5-star ANCAP
Warranty 3yr/unlimited km
Engine 4.7-litre twin-turbo V8-cyl petrol, 335kW/700Nm
Transmission 7sp torque converter auto; RWD
Dimensions 512mm (L), 190mm (W), 150mm (H)