Mercedes-Benz S500 Road Test: The Business of Luxury
Photography: Sanjay Raikar
The international media is echoing with praise for the all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class, pronouncing it to be the best car in the world. In the new year, as the S-Class prepares to make a grand entry into India, we test the limousine to see if it really lives up to the hype. The condition in our country is so drastically different from that in Europe that many cars which have been best-sellers there have failed to impress us. Fortunately, the S-Class isn't one of them. It's a splendid luxury limo which smartly packs opulence, space, brute force and convenience. It has everything you could expect from a car, and some that you haven't yet thought of.
The designers have been clearly briefed to downplay the whole styling. From the outside the new S-Class has multiple layers that delicately flow into each other and form smooth curves. It seems as if an artist has skilfully smoothened the surface of the Merc's clay-model with his hands, leaving just softly flowing lines all around. While most designers display their ultimate creativity on the headlights, Merc's LED-equipped lamps fail to leave an impression. Unlike the pronounced headlights of the new E-Class, you'll struggle to recall the ones on the 'S'. The idea is clearly not to draw unnecessary attention.