Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior
Test drivers agree that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is essentially unmatched when it comes to interior comfort, refinement and opulence. Lots of wood and leather trim, intricately stitched leather and ambient lighting are among the details that test drivers say put the S-Class in a league of its own. Some add that its luxuriousness surpasses that of the usual rivals and brings it into territory traditionally reserved for brands like Rolls Royce or Bentley. Reviewers write that while the front seats are exceedingly comfortable, the lounge-sized rear seats are the best in the house.
- "More so than in the past, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class feels like a step above traditional competitors like the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series in its design, quality and technology. Arguably, it's now the middle ground between those cars and top-echelon sedans from Bentley or Rolls-Royce, which makes sense since it not only replaces the last S-Class but also the defunct Maybach ultra-luxury brand." -- Edmunds
- "The mostly hand-built interior blends function with elegance. There are no fake materials: What looks like leather really is leather, and what looks like metal really is metal." -- AutoTrader
- "With the optional diamond-pattern perforated leather, round vents and recessed aluminum vent knobs dotting the uncluttered and undulating dash, custom-color ambient lighting, exotic wood trim and top-stitch detailing everywhere, it's a serenely beautiful space." -- AutoWeek
- "Mercedes points out that every material in the S-Class that looks like metal or leather is indeed the real McCoy, although the German definition of 'real metal' stretches to include metal-plated plastic. Still, there's not a surface that isn't extraordinarily pleasing to touch or, for the first time ever, to smell." -- Left Lane News
The S-Class comes standard with five-person seating, but an optional Executive Rear Seat Package replaces the middle rear seat with a console. Standard seating amenities include leather upholstery and heated, power-adjustable front seats. Seating options include a heated steering wheel and heated armrests, massaging front and rear outboard seats, ventilated front seats, heated, ventilated and power-adjustable rear seats, a reclining right rear seat and upgraded leather upholstery. The S63 AMG gets trim-specific front sport seats.
Test drivers are very impressed with the comfortable front seats, noting that the base seats offer ample comfort and the available massaging seats are even more heavenly. Reviewers like that the S63 AMG's sport seats offer greater side support to keep occupants in place during hard cornering. The rear seats are praised for their sublime comfort and executive accommodations, such as tray tables and large display screens. Most agree that there are few better places to pass the time than in the rear seats of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.
- "The standard seats are lovely, but you'd be nuts not to select the Premium 1 package's multicontour seats with their additional adjustments, ventilation and six massage settings. That's right, six. One even simulates a hot stone massage by utilizing the seat's heating elements. And just in case your rear passengers are the jealous sort, the same opulent front seat features (including adjustments) are available in the enormous backseat." -- Edmunds
- "Overall, though, this new S-Class interior is pretty special work. The expansive electrically adjustable AMG sport seats are also much more serious about providing lateral support, and the rearward adjustability of these thrones is just vast, as though engineered to fit the Guinness Book of World Records' tallest living humans." -- Autoblog
- "But the rear, especially when equipped with the executive-seat package, trumps whatever the front passengers have going on. With airline-style tray tables that deploy from the center console, large LCD screens to surf the Net or watch videos, all those massage functions, cupholders that keep your beverages cool or hot, a built-in footrest, extendable leg supports and a remote (or iPhone app) to commandeer all the controls from the driver, it's such an easy place to get work done (or just lounge) that it wouldn't surprise us if more folks bought S-classes in which to be chauffered than to actually drive." -- AutoWeek
- "With Maybach no longer in the Mercedes family lineup, it's full-tilt luxury or bust for the new 2014 S-Class. Before even taking the time to consider the driver's position, it's worth noting that the rear seats in the new S-Class may be the very definition of 'the lap of luxury.' With options including folding tables, four-place seating and a refrigeration box, the rear cabin of the S-Class can be tailored to the exact level of ‘flaunt’ that each customer requires." -- MSN Autos
The S550 comes standard with a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual 12.3-inch display screens (one directly in front of the driver, the other atop the center stack), a 13-speaker Burmester surround sound stereo system, Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, navigation and an 80-GB hard drive, two USB ports, Bluetooth and HD Radio. Options include a cabin fragrance-emitting system, four-zone automatic climate control, rear- and side-window sunshades, a 24-speaker Burmester surround sound stereo system, a rear-seat entertainment system, a front-seat entertainment system for the passenger and a surround-view camera system. The S-Class is also available with adaptive cruise control with steering assist, active blind spot and lane keeping assist, a night vision system and an active parking assist system which can automatically steer the car into a parallel spot.
Test drivers are impressed with the S-Class’ dual display screens, saying the graphics are sharp and that the navigation display puts all other navigation systems’ displays to shame. Reviewers also like that Mercedes' COMAND system has plenty of buttons for controlling various functions and describe the overall system as incredibly easy to use. The optional Burmester stereo system earns praise for its rich sound quality.
- "The Comand controller returns and is easier to use than ever, as it's surrounded by more function-specific buttons." -- Automobile Magazine
- "That top-of-the-line Burmester audio system just might be the best in the biz, too, the sounds washing over your ears in a perfect sonic bath, the pierced metal speaker grilles passing as genuine works of art." -- AutoWeek
- "All those infotainment functions are controlled by the latest iteration of Mercedes' COMAND system, which remains one of the most user-friendly around." -- Edmunds
- "When you first get into the 2014 S-Class, your eyes immediately fall on the two sprawling LCD screens that take up more than half of the dashboard. At first it looks wrong-too empty. But turn on the car and the screens come alive with crisp graphics and an enormous map that will forever ruin every other navigation system for you." -- Popular Mechanics
- "To that end, drivers are greeted by a pair of nearly 12 inch-wide high-resolution screens mounted next to one another. Though this 'glass cockpit'-style arrangement might sound inelegant, the execution is phenomenal. The left-hand screen works like a conventional instrument cluster, displaying analog-style gauges and relevant driving information. The right screen, meanwhile, shows audio and navigation controls operated by a knob and a smattering of buttons located on the center console." -- Left Lane News
The S-Class has 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is on par for the class. A power-closing trunk lid is standard. Reviewers say the S-Class has ample trunk space.
- "The trunk, as you might expect from a 17-foot-long sedan, is sufficiently large at 16.3 cubic feet." -- Edmunds