Luxury Car of the Year 2015: Mercedes S-Class
The Mercedes S-Class is the 2015 Auto Express Luxury Car of the Year, with the Bentley Mulsanne Speed and Range Rover commended
Its predecessor managed to win the Best Luxury Car crown for seven years on the trot, and the current Mercedes S-Class could easily repeat that feat, as it scoops this award for a second year.
The S-Class is a luxurious place to spend time, with acres of room in the back and plenty of classy touches, while standard air-suspension across the range means not many cars are as comfortable or as refined. It also looks the part, thanks to its mix of imposing proportions and neat detailing. And as you’d expect, the fit and finish are top-drawer.
Inside, the Mercedes effortlessly blends cutting- edge design with traditional hand-crafted construction methods. Few cars feel as special, whether you’re at the wheel or in the back. The S-Class also serves as a fantastic showcase for the tech we’ll see in future Mercedes. From the colour TFT instrument cluster to advanced driving technology such as Magic Ride Control suspension and near-autonomous cruise control, the S-Class is a genuine rolling laboratory.
Plus, there are efficient diesel and petrol-electric hybrid versions delivering unlikely efficiency in a luxury limo weighing in excess of two tonnes, while the AMG 63 and 65 serve up performance that belies the car’s sheer size. And if this range of talents isn’t enough, then the return of Maybach in the form of the Mercedes-Maybach S 600 is the icing on the cake. This V12 saloon is fit for presidential duties, with electric reclining climate seats in the back, four-zone climate control and plenty of luxury goodies to keep the most discerning of buyers happy.
S 350 d SE Line L (£67,995)
While the flagship models are a showcase for performance and luxury, even the smallest diesel S-Class has enough of both to appeal. Go for the long-wheelbase version for maximum space, while SE Line models come lavishly equipped, including air-suspension and electric leather seats as standard.
Bentley Mulsanne Speed
The Bentley stands out thanks to its old-school V8 and classically styled interior. The twin-turbo engine has been turned up in the Speed model to deliver stupendous acceleration, although occupants will remain unflustered, thanks to the plush, tailor-made interior.
The latest Range Rover is a fantastic showcase for the British firm, as it’s packed with luxurious kit that places it a notch above the luxury SUV pack. If you prefer to be driven than drive, then the long-wheelbase version offers even more room in the back, but all models have off-road ability that no other luxury car can match.
Auto Express New Car Awards 2015
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- 1IntroductionThe winners of the 2015 Auto Express New Car Awards have been announced
- 2Car of the Year 201512 years since the first generation model took the crown, the new Volvo XC90 is the 2015 Auto Express Car of the Year
- 3City car of the year 2015The Skoda Citigo is the 2015 Auto Express City Car of the Year, with the Hyundai i10 and Renault Twingo commended
- 4Supermini of the Year 2015The Volkswagen Polo is the 2015 Auto Express Supermini of the Year, with the Mazda 2 and Skoda Fabia commended
- 5Premium small Car of the Year 2015The Mini Cooper is the 2015 Auto Express Premium Small Car of the Year, with the Audi A1 and Citroen DS3 commended
- 6Compact family Car of the Year 2015The SEAT Leon is the 2015 Auto Express Compact Family Car of the Year, with the MINI 5dr and Skoda Octavia commended
- 7Family Car of the Year 2015The Skoda Superb is the 2015 Auto Express Family Car of the Year, with the Mazda 6 and Volkswagen Passat commended
- 8Estate Car of the Year 2015The Volkswagen Passat Estate is the 2015 Auto Express Estate Car of the Year, with the SEAT Leon ST and Skoda Octavia Estate commended
- 9MPV of the Year 2015The Citroen Grand C4 Picasso is the 2015 Auto Express MPV of the Year, with the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and SEAT Alhambra commended
- 10Crossover of the Year 2015The Nissan Qashqai is the 2015 Auto Express Crossover of the Year, with the Citroen C4 Cactus and Mazda CX-3 commended