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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

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The 5-passenger 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan is both a luxury icon and a technological powerhouse, scarily close at times to being a self-driving car. Available in rear-drive and all-wheel-drive forms, the S550 starts close to $100,000. Exquisite in execution, the new S-Class casts a long light that luxury sedans like the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8, Jaguar XJ and Lexus LS are constantly trying to bask in. In luxury and technology terms, the S-Class more than delivers, but if you also have to be considered performance royalty, the S63 AMG bows at $140,000. And while its options may not deliver palm fronds and grapes, the 2014 S-Class can give you the equivalent of a hot-stone massage and an aroma-therapy session.

You'll Like This Car If...

Let's say your time has finally come and you're determined to have the most toys, but you're also a practical sort. You love to drive, but you love being driven. And you spend a good deal of your time at "the club." S-Class, my friend.

You May Not Like This Car If...

You've owned S-Classes, but you're not addicted to the brand, the competitive set of full-size luxury sedans is rich with overwhelmingly good possibilities.

What's New for 2014

The 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is an all-new iteration of Germany's most revered full-size luxury sedan.

Driving the S-Class

Driving Impressions With a good bit of its structure built out of aluminum, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class feels light for its size as you maneuver it through its paces. As quiet inside...

as an empty cathedral, the new sedan also feels stiffer – in the positive "moving-as-a-single-unit" way. The ride of the standard S-Class's Airmatic cushion-of-air suspension with adaptive damping is even – firm without being jarring and comfortable without slurring drunkenly into corners. The S550's twin-turbocharged V8 engine is a model of healthy acceleration, smoothed out into elegance with the help of its 7-speed automatic transmission, which engages the now nearly ubiquitous fuel-saving stop/start feature (the engine shuts off when you pull up to a red light, starting again when you lift your foot off the brake pedal). If you need your S-Class to breathe fire, the 2014 S63 AMG 4Matic or the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG (621 horsepower) will endear.

MAGIC BODY CONTROL + ROAD SURFACE SCAN
Imagine driving at speed over one of those extra-wide, flat neighborhood speed bumps and never even noticing it. Rear-drive 2014 S-Class models can be equipped with a stereoscopic-camera setup that can "read" the road ahead and instantaneously adjust the S-Class suspension to make some pretty dramatic road imperfections just disappear.

CIRCUS-QUALITY DAY-SPA OPTIONS
Who says an S-Class has to be serious all of the time? Beyond-all-reason options include a hot-stone-massage setting as one of the multicontour-seat massage functions, and – are you sitting down? – a glovebox-mounted fragrance atomizer that lets you infuse a choice of scents throughout the S-Class cabin. Yes, seriously.

2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Details
Interior

The new S-Class is not about leather and wood, both standard at this level of luxury car, naturally. Rather S-Class is more about the executive dimensions of every seat in the car, the emphasis on comfort, and the massive skyscape offered by the Panoramic Sunroof. For the driver, two 12.3-inch high-resolution color screens display driving information and infotainment along with car-system controls. This new Mercedes sedan is also the king of LED lighting – dramatically longer lifetimes and greater energy efficiencies – with not a single lightbulb used in the entire car, inside or out.

Exterior

Swept back but still all grown up, the new S-Class uses a few tricks cribbed from the exquisite 1st-generation CLS to portray a fastback profile. From the blown-back shape of the headlights to the elegant flow of the C-pillar and the converging crease-lines in the profile, the 2014 S-Class feels low-slung and finessed without sacrificing any interior roominess or room in the trunk, which holds a generous 16.3 cubic feet of cargo.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Notable standard equipment comes notably standard on the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Beyond the expected luxury amenities shared by all full-size, first-class sedans, the S-Class includes a 13-speaker Burmester (if you have to ask, you're not an audiophile) sound system, the Panoramic Sunroof, all-LED lighting, and seemingly endless safety considerations, including advanced Pre-Safe features that automatically prepare the S-Class and its occupant-safety systems when Pre-Safe senses an imminent collision, as well as standard side-impact airbags for the outboard rear seats. Another standard S-Class feature that extends to all Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the U.S. is 24-hour roadside assistance that never, ever expires.

Optional Equipment

Optioning up a new S-Class can be a pricey, self-indulgent affair. A slew of stand-alone options is available, as is a series of premium packages that add everything from heated/ventilated/massaging seat comfort and keyless operation to extreme safety – "smart" cruise control that varies your speed and distance based on the traffic in front of you, automatic lane-keeping and blind-spot monitoring, and more. Rear-seat options feature a package that includes 4-zone climate control, an electrically adjustable footrest for the right-rear passenger, and airbags for the seatbelts. A bounty of "Executive" rear-seat options and option packages is available as well.

Under the Hood

In spite of the acres of deep, deep tech behind the scenes, the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan is possibly one of the simplest cars in the world to just get in and drive. The rear-wheel-drive S550 and all-wheel-drive S550 both use a twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 449 horsepower that flows effortlessly through a 7-speed automatic transmission. In the extreme corner, the S63 AMG 4Matic V8 produces 577 horsepower. As with the S550 models, a 7-speed automatic transfers the S63's power to the wheels, but this transmission enjoys AMG's Speedshift programming that snaps 100-millisecond upshifts and rev-matched downshifts when you manually actuate the standard S-Class shift paddles on the steering column. Just off idle, both S-Class engines deliver an elegant crush of torque – the power of acceleration.

S550, S550 4Matic
4.7-liter twin-turbocharged V8
449 horsepower @ 5,250-5,500 rpm
516 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800-3,500 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 17/25 mpg, 16/26 mpg (4Matic all-wheel drive)

S63 AMG 4Matic
5.5-liter twin-turbocharged V8
577 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
664 lb-ft of torque @ 2,250-3,750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 15/23 mpg

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2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 9 Ratings for the 2014 - 2016 models.

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  • Value
    7.9/10
    Quality
    9.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    8.8/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.3/10

Nothing but the best

By on Saturday, January 02, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Best in class for value, luxury, drive experience"

Cons: "Needs touchscreens, better autonomous driving"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

Just tinted!

"I seriously considered and had a deposit for the Tesla. But the luxury and attention to detail in the Mercedes made me eventually go for the 2016 S550. When it comes to car design and manufacturing, MB beats the competition hands down. Safety features are superb. Performance and road driving experience is awesome. By the way, I also drove it on the Autobahn in Europe - excellent experience!!!. Mercedes only needs to catch up on this age's technology for younger generations. Display would be nice in touchscreen. Although I have not personally experienced it, I hear that the autonomous driving in the Tesla is enhanced over that of the S550."

Just tinted!

I had a 2015 s550 and just traded for a 2016 s63

By on Monday, September 28, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 1,000

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
Not Rated
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "fun to drive, phenomenal car"

Cons: "power rear seats & upgraded stereo eats trunk room"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I thought our 2015 S550 was a great car. But our 2016 S63 is arguably the finest car in the world. We have the S600 interior options but the s63 performance and economy. We looked at the Bentley, and other than bragging rights, no comparison. We cannot get over the magnificant feel and luxury this car has. Wish I had bought an S63 last year. .... Wow. By the way, I am averaging 17 mpg in town ... sames as the S550 ... but this car is very, very quick."

5 people out of 12 found this review helpful

Deserving of the Accolades

By on Sunday, September 13, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 6,500

10 10.0
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Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Driving on air"

Cons: "Get the tire protection on the performance wheels"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The S Class was the clear choice over the 7 series BMW, the Audi and the Porsche The smooth ride is limo like, massage and cooled seats, lumbar and roomy side support The technology (Mbrace, digital dashboard, telephone sync, pandora, two USB and outlet interface) make you forget you are on the road Driver alerts, warnings, navigation and driver assist help make long road trips more enjoyable"

10 people out of 13 found this review helpful

Old Technology

By on Tuesday, September 01, 2015

I don't own this car

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
2/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
5/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Stylish and comfortable"

Cons: "Sluggish, and bulky"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"I test drove Benz S550, Audi A8, BMW 750 and eventually bought Tesla S 85D model. Once I drove Tesla S85D model, other cars feel like old technology. The pick up (0-60 in 4.1 secs) and smoothness of the drive, the technology in the car including all controls thru a computer are the future of the auto industry. The car is self-drive ready and only needs software upgrade likely available in 2017. The Benz felt sluggish and bulky compared to Tesla and even BMW. And Audi was the non-performer of the lot."

5 people out of 18 found this review helpful

Worst mercedes I have owned!

By on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 3,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "Luxurious"

Cons: "Uncomfortable, poor handling, confusing graphics,l"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"As the owner of over 20 new Mercedes (I now own six) purchased since 1985, I find the 2014 S550 the worst Mercedes I have ever owned from a comfort and aesthetic standpoint. Why did the engineers decide to give us a half wooden, half padded leather steering wheel? Why did they move the left turn signal to a new position? Why did they move the cruise control lever? Why are the brushed aluminum control buttons on the steering wheel impossible to read in glaring sun? Why s it necessary to remove your hand from the wheel to activate the horn? Why is the wheel so uncomfortable and causes my hands to ache after several hours? Why did they move the wheel spokes? And these are just the beginning of my complaints. I don't have the time nor inclination to continue! I will soon be rid of it."

11 people out of 27 found this review helpful

Head and shoulders above the competition

By on Monday, February 09, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 2,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Everything... really"

Cons: "Really nothing I have found"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I spent 2 months looking, driving and examining the A8, 750LI, LS460 and a few others... Nothing even came close in my opinion. I know Audi owners are pretty committed to their cars, but if they drive an A8L and then drive the S550, they will buy the S550. Every inch of it is better and more refined. The technology is incredible. The drive is amazing. Just an absolute joy of a car."

25 people out of 42 found this review helpful

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