2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Interior


$71,304 - $155,034

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was new.

Scorecard

Interior: 9.2

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has elegant styling, high-quality materials, and an incredibly quiet cabin. It is finished with fine details and has plenty of leg-and headroom in all of its models. It comes with a long list of standard features, especially safety features. Its infotainment system is easy to use, though there is a slight learning curve. Additionally, the S-Class' trunk size is on par with the class.

  • "Beyond its dynamic attributes, the real beauty of the S-class is its aesthetics. Inside and out, it's a truly special piece that looks and feels worthy of its six-figure price." -- Car and Driver
  • "The cabins of most flagship luxury cars feel like bigger, fancier versions of 'lesser' models, sharing a general design aesthetic and many control components. Not so the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Even though the new E-Class has borrowed a few design cues and controls, the S-Class remains a special car that exists above the rest. There is an elegance and sense of opulence that make it feel more like a competitor for a Bentley than a BMW." -- Edmunds
  • "Yes there's wood, and yes there's leather, but that's just the starting point for luxury in the 2017 S-Class. The attention to detail, fit, finish and materials practically dares you to find a flaw. From the heated armrests, to the fragrance atomizer in the glove box, there's little that Mercedes-Benz failed to imagine its drivers and passengers might want." -- Kelley Blue Book

Seating

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan seats five and the S-Class coupe seats four. Standard features include leather upholstery and 16-way power-adjustable and heated front seats. Available features include massaging and ventilated front seats, a heated steering wheel, and power-adjustable heated and ventilated massaging rear seats.

The S-Class has some of the most comfortable seating around and, with upgrades, they can become even more comfortable, with massage features for drivers and front and rear passengers, making for a truly relaxing drive. All models have good leg- and headroom, even coupe and cabriolet models, which isn't common. You and your passengers will have no problem driving for hours in the S-Class.

  • "Mercedes-Benz isn't being deceptive in calling the S-class a four-place convertible; the rear seats are snug but comfortable enough for adults as long as the front seats aren't moved too far back. All positions are upholstered in sumptuous leather, and the back seats also are well padded; there's even just enough headroom in the rear for average-size adults with the roof raised." -- Car and Driver
  • "The standard seats are lovely, but we recommend the Premium package's multicontour seats with their additional adjustments, ventilation and six massage settings. That's right, six. One even simulates a hot stone massage by utilizing the seat's heating elements. And just in case your rear passengers are the jealous sort, the same opulent front-seat features (including their adjustments) are available in the sedan's enormous backseat. " -- Edmunds
  • "On the road for hundreds of miles, I rarely felt a need to stretch my legs, to the point where the car's own safety systems flashed a suggestion on the instrument cluster that maybe I should take a break." -- CNET

Interior Features

The S-Class comes standard with driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, a rearview camera, crosswind assist, Pre-Safe, brake assist, a household-type power outlet, remote start, a power-closing trunk, dual-zone automatic climate control, dual 12.3-inch screens, remote start, remote access to your car via the mbrace Connect system, the COMAND infotainment system with touchpad, navigation, HD Radio, satellite radio, Bluetooth, a DVD player, smartphone integration, and a 13-speaker sound system. You'll also get Mercedes' Magic Vision Control, which integrates the windshield washers into the wipers to eliminate the splash of water that can blur the driver's field of vision.

Available features include blind spot monitoring, heated and cooled cup holders, a 24-speaker sound system, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and the Mercedes-Benz Concierge service.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is full of advanced technology. Its infotainment system has two large, crisp screens for displaying information. The COMAND system is generally easy to use, but it will take some time to get used to its numerous features.

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  • "All of the S-Class' many infotainment functions are controlled by the latest iteration of Mercedes' COMAND system, which is reasonably user-friendly given the immense number of functions it's tasked with. Just make sure to spend a lot of time trying things out and asking questions of your Mercedes salesperson or dealership concierge." -- Edmunds
  • "Navigation did little to help me cope with traffic, but the S550 Cabriolet's driver assists proved a godsend. In stop-and-go traffic on a long freeway stretch approaching San Francisco, I set the adaptive cruise control, turned off the angry red traffic display on the dash, and enjoyed the detailed music reproduction from the 13-speaker, 590-watt Burmester stereo system. When traffic slowed to 5 mph or came to a complete stop, the S550 Cabriolet tucked in close enough to the car ahead to prevent opportunists from cutting in, widening that gap when speeds resumed. I literally did not touch the brake or gas pedal for miles and miles of slow traffic, even as it accordioned between a crawl and occasional jumps to 60 mph. Lane-keeping assist also served to take over steering when the pace dropped below about 15 mph. If this is our driverless car future, sign me up." -- CNET
  • "Technology is also on wide display, from twin 12.3-inch high-resolution color screens that relay driving information and infotainment to copious LED lighting." -- Kelley Blue Book (2016)

Cargo

The 2017 S550 Sedan has 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space, which is average for the class. A power-closing trunk lid comes standard. A hands-free trunk that can open and close the trunk by waving your foot under the rear bumper is available.

  • The trunk, as you might expect from a 17-foot-long sedan, is sufficiently large at 16.3 cubic feet. Note, however, that the available 24-speaker Burmester high-end sound system 'significantly' reduces trunk space, according to Mercedes. The S550e plug-in hybrid also has a smaller trunk (12.2 cubic feet) because of its battery pack. The coupe's trunk is on the small side for a coupe, especially such a large one, at 10.4 cubic feet. The Cabriolet is a bit better at 12.4 cubes, but it's reduced to 8.8 when the roof is lowered." -- Edmunds

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