Mercedes S-Class 7G-tronic

Few cars are better suited to an automatic gearbox than the luxurious Mercedes S-Class

Few cars are better suited to an automatic gearbox than the luxurious Mercedes S-Class. The seven-speed 7G-tronic transmission is a traditional torque convertor unit and is getting on a bit now, but in the German firm’s flagship it provides almost imperceptible gear changes.

It’s also calibrated to make relaxing progress, which means early upshifts and a reluctance to kickdown unnecessarily eagerly on the motorway. And while there are paddleshifters, you rarely have to use them because the gearbox is so good and second-guessing your mood.

Best automatic cars 

Recommended

Mercedes S-Class review
Mercedes S-Class - front
Mercedes S-Class

Mercedes S-Class review

The once imperious quality of the Mercedes S-Class may have slipped a little, but the technical highlights are typically eye-catching
16 Jul 2021
New 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class on sale now from £162,390
Mercedes-Maybach S-Class
Mercedes S-Class

New 2021 Mercedes-Maybach S-Class on sale now from £162,390

Maybach’s even more luxurious version the Mercedes S-Class is on sale now, with either a 496bhp 4.0-litre V8 or a 604bhp 6.0-litre V12
2 Jul 2021
New Mercedes-AMG S 63 spied in minimal camouflage
Mercedes-AMG S 63
Mercedes S-Class

New Mercedes-AMG S 63 spied in minimal camouflage

AMG will soon launch a tuned version of Mercedes’s flagship limousine, probably powered by a 603bhp twin-turbocharged 4.0-litre V8 engine
18 Jun 2021
New Mercedes S-Class 2021 review
Mercedes S-Class - front
Mercedes S-Class

New Mercedes S-Class 2021 review

Is the new Mercedes S-Class still the ultimate choice in luxury motoring? We find out…
14 May 2021

Most Popular

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900
Audi RS 3 Sportback - front
Audi RS3

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900

Full exterior and interior reveal for Audi RS 3, with aggressive styling and racy cabin to match strong performance
19 Jul 2021
Ioniq 5 vs Volkswagen ID.4 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E
Ioniq 5 vs Volkswagen ID.4 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E
Hyundai Ioniq 5

Ioniq 5 vs Volkswagen ID.4 vs Ford Mustang Mach-E

Can the Ioniq 5 provide substance to match its style? We test it against the Volkswagen ID.4 and Ford Mustang Mach-E to find out
17 Jul 2021