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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior Review

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Interior: 9.2

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has probably the nicest interior of any car on the market, especially the Maybach. It's quiet and roomy, and the materials quality is unparalleled. The seats are amazingly comfortable, and there are almost too many features to count. If there is a downside, it’s cargo space. Sedan models have an average-size trunk, but trunks in coupe and cabriolet models are small.

  • "Ultra-luxury sedans from Rolls-Royce and Bentley withstanding, the S-Class cabin remains one of the most opulent available. … Just about every touch point is covered in quality material made from leather, wood or metal. Even the aroma of the cabin itself is special, thanks to the standard Air Balance fragrance system with a replaceable vial of olfactory serum in the glove box." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "As expected, the interior of the 2018 S-Class sets the benchmark for luxury, but it goes farther than just fine leather and gorgeous design cues." -- Autotrader (2018)
  • "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 (2017)

Seating

S-Class sedan models seat five, while coupe and convertibles seat four. Leather upholstery and 16-way power-adjustable, heated front seats come standard. Nappa leather upholstery, rapid-warming front seats, ventilated front seats, massaging front seats, heated and ventilated rear seats (with rapid-warming feature), massaging rear seats, power-adjustable rear seats, folding tables for rear seats, heated armrests, heated and cooled rear cup holders, and a heated steering wheel are available. Cabriolet models also offer Mercedes' Airscarf neck warmer.

Climb inside the S-Class and enjoy some of the finest seats available in any automobile. Both rows of have plenty of room for passengers of any size (in sedan models; the other body styles offer decent space, but their rear quarters aren't quite as palatial). The seats are extremely comfortable, remain supportive on long drives, and offer plenty of top-notch upgrades that improve comfort even further.

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. There’s plenty of room for any seat that you want to install, and the LATCH system has no major issues as far as usability is concerned.

  • "The seats, already among the most comfortable and spacious in the industry, are as good as ever, ready for your longest drive." -- Automobile Magazine (2018)
  • "The 2018 S-Class sedan offers laudable rear-seat room. … By their nature, the S-Class coupe and convertible are tighter in back but still respectable for a 4-seater. One of the few complaints we have is the lack of sliding sun visors." -- Kelley Blue Book (2018)
  • "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 (2017)

Interior Features

Standard features in the S-Class include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, wireless device charging, and the COMAND infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, a touchpad controller, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, HD Radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and navigation. Convertible models come with a power-folding soft top that folds in less than 20 seconds and at speeds of up to 31 mph.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, a refrigerator box for the rear cabin, rear-cabin wireless charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 26-speaker Burmester audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

Standard driver assistance features include driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, crosswind assist, and Mercedes’ Pre-Safe, which automatically tightens seat belts and rolls up the windows if it detects an imminent collision. Car-to-X Communication comes standard as well. All cars equipped with this technology can communicate with a central hub about traffic disruptions, thus notifying drivers of potential dangers ahead.

Available active safety features include a head-up display, active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, active and evasive steering assist, route-based speed adaptation, traffic sign recognition, automatic speed takeover, active blind spot monitoring and lane change assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, night vision assist, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular park assist, Pre-Safe Rear, Pre-Safe Sound, and Pre-Safe Plus.

Still with us? As you can see, the S-Class' features list is long enough to be incomprehensible, and there are few cars on the market that can rival the features this Mercedes offers. The COMAND infotainment system features a large, easy-to-read screen. The system is complex, so there's a learning curve, but it's easy to use once you get the hang of it.

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  • "Look beyond the new engines and you'll find even snazzier stuff with the S-Class electronics. Taking yet another step closer to autonomous driving, the S-Class now uses route-based speed adaption to slow for corners, junctions, roundabouts or toll booths. An active steering system can change lanes following a driver-instigated turn signal, and the aforementioned active brake assist with cross-traffic function uses a long-range radar camera and stereoscopic camera to avoid potential collisions." -- Autoblog (2018)
  • "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." -- Edmunds (2017)
  • "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

Cargo space in the S-Class varies depending on which body style you get. Sedan models have 18.7 cubic feet of cargo space, which is an above-average total for the class. Coupe models give you 10.4 cubic feet of space. Cabriolet (convertible) models have 12.4 cubic feet with the top up and 8.8 cubic feet with the top down.

AMG models have slightly different trunk capacities: 18 cubic feet in the sedan, 14.1 cubic feet in the coupe, and 7 cubic feet with the top down in the cabriolet. The Mercedes-Maybach sedan has a 12.3-cubic-foot trunk. A power-closing trunk lid comes standard, and a hands-free power trunk lid is available.

  • "The trunk, as you might expect from a 17-foot-long sedan, is sufficiently large. … Note, however, that the available 24-speaker Burmester high-end sound system 'significantly' reduces trunk space, according to Mercedes." -- Edmunds (2017)
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