What is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class?


First launched way back in 1972, the Mercedes-Benz S-Classhas long been the epitome of the luxury large saloon.

The German manufacturer’s flagship model has often been the first to market with automotive developments, but as rivals have striven to keep up, Mercedes-Benz has had to work hard to keep ahead of the market.

How has the new S-Class advanced from previous models and what are the options available as you look for your next luxury car?


Mercedes-Benz has so often been the frontrunner when it comes to technological and safety features in the automotive industry. In fact, right from the launch in 1972, the S-Class has been a pioneer.

Though these days the features may not be groundbreaking, the padded steering wheel and window surrounds, as well as a draining feature on the windscreen were all big safety developments.

1978’s W126 may not have been the first production car to be fitted with an Anti-Locking Brake System ABS, but it was the first model to have a reliable ABS.

Three years later, in 1981, Mercedes-Benz upped their safety features further, fitting the S-Class with seatbelt pre-tensioners and very importantly, a driver’s airbag.

Further developments hit the 1991 model, with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) fitted, working alongside the ABS as a further safety feature, and 1996 saw the Brake Assist feature added. Mercedes-Benz didn’t stop there, as the S-Class developed further there has been an array of features added.

Adaptive cruise control and night vision were added to models post-1998, with the S-Class having the night vision technology in the centre console to enhance its effectiveness.

Of course, the many features on the S-Class have subsequently filtered down the range to models such as the E and C-Class.

It isn’t all just about safety, nor has it been through the years. The technology on the S-Class is class-leading, and the driving experience is excellent.

Massaging seats, inside and out LED lighting, and in 2018 something called energising Comfort Control which brought together mood lighting, music and climate control, as well as a scent dispenser with a range of programs to boost your mood with a multi-sensory experience.


As has been the case over the lifespan of the S-Class, the current model has a vast range of features to enhance safety, comfort, and the overall driving and ownership experience of the car.

The current S-Class has five trim level options, starting with AMG Line and progressing upwards through AMG Line Premium, Premium Executive and Premium Plus to the range-topping Premium Plus Executive. A long wheelbase option is available on the top three trim levels.

Features-wise, the list is extensive. No matter the trim you choose, your S-Class will be fitted with the MBUX Premium navigation system with a 12.8-inch OLED central display and 12.3-inch drivers display, as well as safety features including Active Blind Spot Assist, Active Braking Assist, Active Lane Changing Assist.

Depending on the trim level, other options are available on the S-Class, such as a 7-inch tablet for the rear seat passengers, augmented reality heads-up display, fragrance diffusing air conditioning, massaging seats and a surround sound system, and the top two trim levels benefit from Digital Light headlamps, lighting up the road without dazzling oncoming traffic.

There are three powertrains available on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, with petrol or diesel options including the 3.0-litre across both fuel types. All models have a nine-speed automatic transmission and the S 500 and S 400d are available with all-wheel-drive.


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There is a range of approved used Mercedes-Benz S-Class for sale, and each car has gone through meticulous pre-sale testing to ensure it’s up to our extremely high standards, meaning you can buy with confidence, no matter what car you go for.

With different ways to buy your next S-Class, including finance options, the purchasing experience has never been more straightforward and accessible for all.

For more information, or to check out the latest range of new and approved used Mercedes-Benz S-Class models, browse the online listings or visit your local dealership.