There are cars that would impress anyone, and this is one of them. We had the opportunity to drive the new Mercedes S-Class Coupé, in its version S 500 with 4MATIC all-wheel drive and 455 HP “basic” motorization, enough to catapult it from 0 to 100 km / h in 4.6 seconds. After getting behind the wheel of this toy € 150,000 without extras, we can only conclude that its benefits are almost the least. Let’s see why.
There are cars that would impress anyone. This is one of them.
It was a really brief contact, but very intense. The idea was to know the Mercedes news in a single day so the best thing was to focus on the main thing, which in 2014 was the S-Class Coupé. And it was also the highlight of the day.
Mercedes S-Class Coupé: exterior and interior design
The aesthetics of the S-Class Coupé is frankly impressive
The aesthetics of the S-Class Coupé is frankly impressive, to the point that the photos don’t do it justice. The car overall has strong lines, with a highly aggressive front end followed by a slim profile and a smooth, aerodynamic rear. It draws attention.
It shows off one of the most cared for and best finished interiors in the world
Inwardly, shares dashboard with the S-Class, which is to say that it shows off one of the most cared for and best finished interiors in the world. It is chaired by two huge horizontal screens, the first of which, behind the wheel, replaces the traditional dashboard and draws it digitally. The other large screen, this time central, is the one that allows interaction with the innumerable controls of the car.
As soon as we open the door, we find an interior of noble materials, in which an obvious technological presence is mixed with a certain classic air. The combination is elegant and all the elements keep a close coherence, although a priori it seems difficult to fit so much digital screen in a car aimed at a rather classic audience.
I would say that Mercedes has achieved an excellent combination of great interior and exterior coherence.
Maybe that target audience is not so classic anymore, but I would say that Mercedes has achieved an excellent combination and great coherence inside and outside.
Draws attention the quality of assembly of all components and the feel of the controls. Everything rotates and is driven with muffled sounds and muffled movements, while the seat wraps me like a glove, adjusting itself into infinite positions with smooth motorized movements.
Access to the rear seats is not glamorous, but rather the opposite
It is difficult to put a but to this interior, except for the fact that the gear lever (automatic) integrated as one more satellite is the same that we will find in the entire Mercedes range, leaving maybe something poor in such a machine.
A key element in a luxury coupé is the distinction between two-seater, 2 + 2 and 4 real seats.
In this case, in a body that exceeds 5 meters in length, we can clearly qualify it as 4 real seats. That said, the rear seats are rather fair in height, have limited visibility, have no more legroom than an A-Class and, perhaps worst of all, the access is not glamorous at all, but more well the opposite.
Most of the time they will move alone or in pairs with a 5 meter car around them, why not?
The front seat moves forward electrically to make way for the rear seats, through a huge door, but in the end the classic exercise of contortionism to enter and exit is inevitable. Perhaps that is the main contradiction of this car: if you want 4 seats a CLS It is much higher in accessibility and if you want 2 seats it is difficult to justify such a total length.
I guess practical criteria don’t govern these kinds of decisions, and its owners will simply buy it because it is a tremendously attractive car in which, incidentally, up to 4 people can travel in very reasonable conditions. Most of the time they will move alone or in pairs with a 5 meter car around them, why not?
Mercedes S-Class Coupé: sensations and behavior
The succession of sensations accelerates even before putting the car in motion
It is time to press the power button, and the succession of sensations accelerates even before putting the car in motion. The sound of the engine is low and deep upon awakening. This V8 biturbo sounds like a well-enclosed beast, damped and almost imperceptible at idle, but more intrusive as we step on the accelerator.
This V8 biturbo sounds like a well-enclosed beast, damped and almost imperceptible at idle, but more intrusive as we step on the accelerator
The start is smooth, limousine, even in Sport mode the change will treat us with care despite all the potential contained in those 455 hp transmitted to the asphalt by 4MATIC all-wheel drive. Funny to think that this is the entry-level model in the range …
But cars are dynamic, not static, so let’s give the right pedal a good stomp and let’s see once and for all what this toy is capable of.
The global sensation is summed up nicely in one word: “power.”
Pure acceleration is beastly. Its data speaks volumes, but what impresses the most is not so much the pure performance, but the way to put all that power on the asphalt. The soundtrack is a delight It never really bothers you, and the overall feel is nicely summed up in one word: “power.”
The word “power” is translated into English just like the word “power.” In this car both concepts go hand in hand in such a way that we can perfectly understand that an English speaker does not know any difference between them.
He does it with an authority that makes us feel totally sure of what we are doing
An example, to put ourselves in situation: joining a national highway with a lot of traffic traveling at 100 km / h from a standstill is child’s play. We look for a minimum gap, we step on the ground and in the time it takes the driver who follows us to calibrate whether the maneuver has been risky, we are already driving faster than him.
The same happens in overtaking. The acceleration between 100 km / h and, say, 200 km / h is so forceful that we can exceed 4 or 5 cars in the time and distance a normal car would make a single overtaking. Above all, he does it with an authority that makes us feel totally confident in what we are doing.
Problems appear when the level of demand is beyond their capabilities
The road capacity of the S-Class Copué is its main virtue. On firm roads and wide curves, it seems difficult to imagine a car in which we can travel more comfortably. It is outstanding for its silence and ride comfort and forceful when it comes to throttle requests.
Problems appear when the level of demand is beyond their capabilities. On uneven asphalt, suspension is too firm even in its most comfortable configuration, excessively transmitting, in my opinion, roughness to its occupants.
I don’t see the need for the most comfortable mode to be uncomfortable
It doesn’t filter as well as I expected and it seems to want to be a more radical sports car, as if moving away from the S-Class that it really is. With configurable air suspension in “Comfort” and “Sport” modes, I don’t see the need for the most comfortable mode to be uncomfortable, nor does it seem consistent with the spirit of the car.
The other, much more important problem is inertia. This sports performance toy is still a large ship that exceeds 2 tons empty and it goes to more than 2,200 kg with a driver on board and full tanks.
Accelerating in a straight line the power and traction ability do an effective job of catapulting us forward, but in mousetrap curves, tight roundabouts and extreme braking, the weight shows.
We cannot say that its behavior is clumsy, that would be unfair, but it is much less sporty in certain circumstances than a car with half the power and half the mass. It is not agile, because it is too big and heavy to be it. Just play in another league.
The Mercedes S-Class Coupé has impressed me with its interior and exterior aesthetics. Roomy, quiet, with character when you want it and as easy to drive as an automatic utility, this car represents a technological showcase for the brand, incorporating the latest in technology at the service of safety and performance.
Its all-wheel drive and its excellent automatic transmission will delight anyone who wants to squeeze it out at specific moments and enjoy it quietly the rest of the time. Is an outstanding road that we would never tire of driving.
That said, its 5 meters in length and more than 2 tons of displaced mass prevent us from qualifying it as a pure sports car, which it does not pretend to be at any time (except for its firm suspensions) and Fits more like a limousine for two well-off passengers, which you will pamper, protect and delight at all times.
The sports limousine formula has delighted me as an experience, but has not convinced me as a product.
As I have already mentioned, the basic model tested here exceeds € 150,000 as a starting price. As a technological showcase it is difficult to beat and As a means of transport to impress friends and strangers it is unquestionable.
Finally, put in the perspective of the market and its price, if its measurements and mass prevent it from being a true sports car, but they do not end up providing it with 4 seats with easy access, I can think of better ways to invest that sum on 4 wheels, starting with an S-Class if we want real comfort and spaciousness, or a Mercedes-AMG GT if we want a high-flying sports car.
The S-Class Coupé stays in no man’s land
Although impressed by his qualities, I think the S-Class Coupé stays in no man’s land wanting to merge the best of two worlds.
The sporty limousine formula I have loved it as an experience, but it has not convinced me as a product.