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7 of 9 (77%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview
- Completely redesigned for 2014
- Available in two models, S550 and S63 AMG
- Some of the most advanced technology ever seen on the road
The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the flagship sedan for the luxury German automaker and gets a full redesign for the new model year with brand new styling, updated powertrains, and the latest in car technology especially on the safety side.
Generally we save safety for the end in our overviews, but with the new S-Class offering some of the most advanced safety features ever seen in cars we can’t help ourselves. The optional infrared night vision system can tell the difference between pedestrians and animals and also offers full autonomous braking at speeds of up to 31 mph to avoid collisions. Rear seatbelts with belt-mounted airbags are also available. Pre-safe comes standard, which can detect rear-end type accidents and prepares by pressurizing the brakes and tightening the seatbelts… then loosening them gradually to minimize the force on occupants. There is also a new feature called “Stop&Go Pilot” which is the future of cruise control. It allows effort free driving in traffic at speeds of up 37 mph, automatically keeping the car between the lines and at a preset distance from the car ahead. It’s as close to autonomous driving as you can get in a production car.
Under the hood, S550 models get a 455-hp, twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8 that makes 516 pounds feet of torque and is mated to a seven-speed automatic transmission. S63 AMG models get an even more powerful 577-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8 that makes a whopping 664 pounds-feet of torque and is mated to a seven-speed AMG speedshift automatic. This combination is capable of launching the S63 AMG from 0-60 mph in only 3.9 seconds.
Also hiding under the sheetmetal is a new Magic Body Control suspension system, which is optional. It uses a pair of cameras mounted in front of the rearview mirror to “read” the road ahead and prepares the suspension to glide over obstacles, like speed bumps, almost like a magic carpet would slip right over them (hence the name).
Inside, the cabin merges technology and luxury seamlessly. There are no light bulbs to be found in the S-Class interior, it’s all LED all the time. Up front, the interior’s most prominent feature is a pair of 12-inch LCD displays, one in front of the driver which serves as the instrument panel, and the other one set just adjacent for navigation, climate, and audio controls. The seats, materials, and fit-and-finish are all sublime; the S-Class remains the flagship benchmark.
The redesigned 2014 S-Class pushes the envelope at every turn and finds itself again as the luxury sedan for everyone else to chase.