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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Walk Around


The sedan is graceful but the coupe with its arching roofline is stunning. The lines are crisp, taut and horizontal. The sedan’s grille is and broad and the LED headlamps angular, while the Coupe’s nose is slimmer and lower. The sedan looks more athletic, while the Coupe’s rear end is more tucked.

Interior

The dash is horizontal and has two tiers, glamorous in quilted leather with silver trim. The materials have high contrast, and there is a lot of shiny accents over the basic wood or leather trim, with carbon-fiber accents on the AMG models. The cabin boasts beautiful craftsmanship that’s impressive to the eye. It reeks of splendor. The fit and finish are on a level few cars can equal.

Yet the function is simple, with dual 12.3-inch hi-resolution screens for the driver and passenger that extend across the instrument panel, to control the car’s many operations and infotainment choices. The S-Class uses the latest COMAND connectivity system, called mbrace2. It comes with five years of service and includes Facebook, Pandora, voice-to-text email and text messages, a mobile app, non-streaming apps, web services, roadside connection, and diagnostics data.

The climate control system is wondrously complex.

The front seats are superb, with big cushions and a lot of adjustment, although the ergonomics are occasionally fiddly. The seats are something between plush and supportive.

The sedan’s rear seats are also wide and comfortable, at least the outside seats. The Coupe’s tapering roofline takes up some space, but there’s still good shoulder, elbow and hip room, at least when the middle seat isn’t occupied. The standard rear seat splits and folds and passes through to the trunk, which is roomy enough.

Bucket seats in the rear are available, or also, for the sedan, an Executive Rear Seat Package Plus option that includes reclining seats with footrests, a central console with airplane-like laptop trays, a hot-stone massage function, and heated armrests: the ultimate Lazy Boy. With the rear video option it’s all there.

The Cabriolet’s excellent soft top has three layers, and the Airscarf system blows sweet hot air on your neck.

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