Attack a sweeping turn and the 4300-pound, 17-foot-long S550 obeys like a much more svelte sports
sedan. Turn onto a gravel-lined drive and Mercedes' newest flagship seems to...
... float right over any unpleasantness. Experiencing the S550 at these extremes makes it easy to appreciate the everyday effectiveness of the car's sophisticated air suspension and adaptive damping systems. Inside, the experience is further refined by an LCD-based centralized control system that's the easiest and most intuitive we've used. Outward visibility is good, but any car that measures just a foot shorter than a Chevrolet Suburban and has a 40-foot turning circle can get cumbersome in tight parking lots - a minor quibble that may not concern you as much as it would your driver.