Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon

Nothing says luxury and technology like the latest S-Class.


Of all the decisions a hard-working CEO will ever make, the choice of personal conveyance must surely be the easiest. Why would you look at anything other than an S-Class? It’s a showcase for Mercedes-Benz technology, safety and performance. And in the latest version, available as a standard or long wheelbase saloon, the three-pointed star ups the game yet again.

S-Class Range


The design of the S-Class has evolved for 2021. It retains the smooth surfacing and flowing lines of its predecessor but the latest model sees the debut of a striking new grille, slimmer headlights and new horizontally mounted taillights. Although the frontal area is slightly larger, aerodynamic drag has been reduced to a class-leading 0.22. Inside the sumptuous cabin, the front cockpit is dominated by a smooth sweep of centre console with a large portrait-format central touchscreen.


It might be easier to ask what the S-Class

doesn’t feature than try to list what it does. There are five trim levels, starting with AMG Line and progressing upwards via AMG Line Premium, Premium Executive and Premium Plus to the heady heights of Premium Plus Executive. If you want a long wheelbase model, your choice is restricted to the Premium Executive, Premium Plus and Premium Plus Executive trims. All models feature the MBUX Premium navigation system with 12.8-inch OLED central display (with fingerprint scanner to release individual settings) and 12.3-inch drivers display.

Other features – depending on the level you choose – include a 7-inch tablet for the rear seat passengers, augmented reality head-up display, fragrance diffusing air conditioning, massaging seats and a Burmester® 3D surround sound system with 15 speakers and 710 watts output. The AMG Line Premium Plus and Premium Plus Executive also feature Digital Light headlamps (with more than one million pixels per headlamp) that can turn night into day without dazzling oncoming road users.

New generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class

​Performance and Technology

The new S-Class is currently offered with three six-cylinder powertrains (though a plug-in hybrid will be available soon). The 3.0-litre S 350d diesel delivers 286hp and 0-62mph in 6.4 seconds; its diesel stablemate the S 400d has the same capacity but extracts 330hp from it and hits the 0-62mph benchmark in 5.4 seconds. To go even faster you need the 435hp petrol-fuelled S 500, which sprints to 62mph in 4.9 seconds. All have a 9-speed automatic transmission, and if you want all-wheel drive your choice is restricted to the S 500 or S 400d.​


Mercedes-Benz always introduces new safety technology on the S-Class before it percolates down to other models, and the latest generation S-Class is no exception. Much of the safety focus is now on AI systems to aid the driver, and there’s a lot of programme names starting ‘Active’ such as active Blind Spot Assist, Active Braking Assist, Active Lane Changing Assist (and so on) which will proactively intervene to prevent an accident. A new capacitive steering wheel is better able to detect when a driver’s not holding the wheel and warn him or her to mend their ways.


Whether you intend to spend your journeys in the calm of the rear compartment or enjoying the smooth yet spirited performance of the S-Class from behind the wheel, the latest generation offers even more of what Mercedes-Benz has made its speciality. Namely smooth, safe and luxurious progress, whether you’re cruising at speed across a continent or keeping your cool in the city en route to a key board meeting.

New generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class
New generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class
New generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class
New generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Dimensions (SWB)
Vehicle length 5210mm / 205.1in
Vehicle width 1954mm / 76.9in
Vehicle height (unladen) 1503mm / 59.2in
Wheelbase 3106mm / 122.3in
Unladen weight (DIN) 2045 kg

Engine Example
Engine / Cylinders 3.0 litre/ 6
Engine Capacity 2999cc
Max Torque 520Nm @ 1800 - 5800 rpm
Max Power320kW @ 6100 rpm

Top Speed 155 mph
Acceleration 0-62 mph / 4.9 seconds
Combined cycle 32.8 - 34.9 mpg

*Specification for S 500 4MATIC [L]

S-Class Reviews

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Saloon 360° View

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