2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class | new car review

Posted on Jul 8, 2010 by








The S-Class is one of the most popular models offered by the German marque in this part of the world – we just can’t get enough of its huge space, rampant performance, cutting-edge technology and luxury appointments.

The 2010 model is a facelift of the latest generation model that was launched in 2006. Highlights on the 2010 include new LED headlights on the outside and a split view navigation/DVD screen (much like Land Rover offers on the Range Rover) amongst improvements on the inside.

However, the biggest news on the S-Class is the arrival of the S400 Hybrid, which sits in the middle of the model range. It uses the same basic 3.5-litre V6 engine as the S 350 but is also fitted with an electric motor and battery pack. This propels the S-Class along at low speeds – in traffic for example – without the V6 petrol engine running. It’s a way to improve the S-Class’s fuel efficiency when you’re in busy high-traffic environments – which in this part of the world is extremely common.

Away from the Hybrid model, there are another seven S-Classes on offer ranging from the entry-level S300 to the S65 AMG. The majority of S-Class models sold in the region are in the L long wheelbase form as this gives extra space for those in the back to relax and enjoy the sumptuous interior. Comfort is a strong point on the S-Class, although the more hardcore AMG version compromise a little on this for more driver involvement.

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