Mercedes S-Class review - Reliability and safety
The S-Class is laden with safety tech, and should be bullet-proof mechanically
Meanwhile, we have to put our trust in a spec sheet that includes pretty much every safety feature you can think of, as well as a raft of semi-autonomous driver assistance features that have been upgraded for the new-generation car. An example is the DISTRONIC system designed to keep you at a safe distance from the car ahead, which can now avert accidents when you’re travelling at up to 80mph.
Mercedes continues to roll out bigger innovations too, including industry-first rear seat airbags that provide flexible protection for all sizes of occupants from kids in child seats to over-fed corporate magnates.
Good reliability for the mechanical elements of the new S-Class should be assured, but some of the electronic systems are new and untested in the mass market. It’s worth noting also that Mercedes managed to finish only 28th out of 30 brands in our 2020 Driver Power satisfaction survey. Lexus, which makes the rival LS saloon, topped the table again.
All Mercedes-Benz cars come with a standard three-year warranty with unlimited mileage, and a thirty-year warranty against corrosion for anyone intending to keep their new S-Class for a while. Mercedes also provides pan-European breakdown cover for up to 30 years should you request it.
You’ll need a fairly chunky budget to maintain an S-Class in the manner to which it ought to be accustomed, but Mercedes makes it simpler with flexible ServiceCare arrangements that allow you to spread the cost of up to four services into a single package. You can add it to your monthly finance cost or pay the full amount up front.
In this review
- 1Mercedes 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
- 2Engines, performance and driveOnce impressive performance pales beside electric rivals, but ride and handling are typically well-composed
- 3MPG, CO2 and running costsWith no plug-in options yet, there’s lots of tax to pay and no big economy wins
- 4Interior, design and technologyThe S-Class cabin offers up a technological feast, but it’s not quite the usual masterclass
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceThe S-Class provides all the comfort and space you’d hope for from a Mercedes flagship
- 6Reliability and safety - currently readingThe S-Class is laden with safety tech, and should be bullet-proof mechanically