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MSRP: $92,350 - $212,000
Invoice: $85,886 - $197,160
MPG: 21 City / 31 Hwy
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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior

Reviewers rave about the classic, opulent style and comfortable seats inside the 2013 Mercedes S-Class. One test driver writes that its vault-like construction makes the 2013 S-Class extremely quiet, while others praise the S-Class’ comfortable seats and attractive interior materials.

  • "As good as it gets among premium-large cars. The standard interior materials are wonderful." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Indeed, inside the cabin, there's nothing but subdued luxury – seemingly infinitely adjustable seats, more driver aids than you can shake a stick at, and switchgear that feels as if it were milled from solid hunks of aluminum, which it was." -- Car and Driver (2012)
  • "The Mercedes S-Class cabin is like a cocoon, or perhaps more appropriately a vault, that wraps its occupants in quiet, comfort and every amenity one can reasonably expect." -- New Car Test Drive (2012)
  • "It had a stunning deep cocoa and black leather interior package that was the equal of any interior I've ever seen, especially with the white-on-black electro luminescent S-Class gauges." -- Boston Globe (2012)

Seating

The S-Class earns high praise from the automotive press for its ultra-comfortable front seats and its spacious rear seat, which offers ample legroom. Leather upholstery is standard, and the S-Class comes with heated and ventilated power-adjustable front seats, which also feature a massage function and adaptive bolstering, which can be set to increase if the driver turns right or left. Optional features include a heated steering wheel and eight-way power-adjustable rear seats that are heated and cooled.

  • "The S-Class affords outstanding room and comfort. Only the very tall will find headroom lacking due to this car's sloping roofline and intrusion from the sunroof housing." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "Seating in the S-Class provides exceptional head-, hip- and legroom plus nearly perfect seating positions and ergonomics. If you can't get comfortable in an S-Class, you should take up walking." -- Kelley Blue Book 
  • "Then there are the fabulous front bucket seats that will massage you. Find the Fast and Vigorous command and feel the massage roll up and down your back. (Though the massage is neither fast nor vigorous, it still is relaxing after a tough day at work.)" -- The Detroit News (2012)
  • "The three-place rear seat is huge. With a 6-foot, 3-inch driver, we measured more than a foot of space from front seatback to rear seat cushion." -- New Car Test Drive (2012)

Interior Features

The 2013 Mercedes-Benz S350 Bluetec comes with a power rear sunshade, a power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a power trunk lid, push-button start, a rearview camera, adaptive high beams, Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system and a Harmon Kardon stereo system, which includes a six-disc CD/DVD changer, Bluetooth, navigation, HD and satellite radio and an iPod interface. Options and standard features on higher trims include a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, four-zone automatic climate control, a Bang & Olufsen sound system, a rear-seat entertainment system, Mercedes’ Splitview front-seat entertainment system, night vision with pedestrian detection and blind spot monitoring and lane departure warning systems.

While reviewers say that the S-Class has one of the nicest interiors in the class, they’re not all happy with its switchgear and tech features. One reviewer likes the stereo’s excellent sound quality, but the S-Class continues to disappoint reviewers with its COMAND interface, which controls everything from radio and navigation settings to seat adjustments through a single dial. The system requires you to work through a series of menus on the navigation screen to make adjustments, and many reviewers say that learning your way around the system takes time. Additionally, one test driver says that the S-Class’ cruise control stalk could be easier to use.

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  • "Mastering COMAND requires quite a bit of study, but it can be done. The main problem is the system's sluggish response time." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The COMAND electronics system uses a control knob and screen to work most entertainment and navigation functions, but the lack of physical dash buttons (like those in the E-Class) tends to complicate the operation of frequently used functions." -- Edmunds (2012)
  • "We don't understand Mercedes' longstanding commitment to its odd cruise-control stalk, because it doesn't work very well." -- New Car Test Drive (2012)
  • "A standard 15-speaker Harman Kardon stereo with surround sound includes a six-CD changer, high-def and satellite radio, and full iPod compatibility. From Vivaldi to Zeppelin, it sounded superb -- in the league of the Audi A8's excellent Bang & Olufsen stereo." -- Cars.com (2011)

Cargo

With 16.4 cubic feet of trunk space, the S-Class has more space to stow your luggage than most cars in the class, but rivals like the Lexus LS still offer a bit more room. The S-Class’ trunk is easy to access, and reviewers say its shape makes the space useful. However, one reviewer mentions that the rear seats don’t fold or offer a center pass-through to increase cargo capacity.

  • "The trunk is large, usefully shaped, nicely finished, and surprisingly, includes an underfloor storage bin." -- Consumer Guide 
  • "The trunk space is ideally square-angled and tall, and therefore holds more cases and bags than many vehicles with greater listed capacity." -- New Car Test Drive (2012)
  • "Trunk volume is a competitive 16.4 cubic feet. Like many top-end luxury sedans, the S-Class does not offer a folding backseat. There isn't even a pass-through for skis, a feature a number of competitors offer." -- Cars.com (2011)
Review Last Updated: 10/8/13

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