Luxury Car of the Year 2017: Mercedes S-Class

Luxury Car of the Year 2017: Mercedes S-Class

Luxury Car of the Year 2017: Mercedes S-Class

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The Mercedes S-Level is the 2017 Auto Express Luxury Car of the Year, with the Bentley Mulsanne and Porsche Panamera commended

Long ago again the Mercedes S-Class scoops our Luxury Car of the Year award. It was a close-run sector in 2017, with updates to the Bentley Mulsanne and an all-new Porsche Panamera arriving, but the S-Classification’s fantastic mix of imperious ride quality, cosseting comfort and dazzling levels of technology means it stillness sits at the top of the class.

This all comes at a relatively affordable price compared with rivals, too, with the S 350 diesel starting at less than a third of the cost of the ‘entry-level’ Bentley. Yet it offers an even better infotainment system and all the technology you could mayhap want from a luxury limousine, wrapped up in a beautifully crafted interior.

As high-priced-flying business people might have one eye on the bottom line, the S 350 d won’t explode the bank to run, either. Still, the V6 turbodiesel engine offers plenty of low-down torque for effortless, retiring performance, along with supreme refinement.

Air-suspension is standard on all models, allowing the S-Domain to float serenely over rough tarmac, while the clever Magic Portion Control feature scans the road ahead and optimises the suspension to deal with bumps in the first-rate way possible. With its long-wheelbase chassis, the S-Class offers an incredible up on of legroom in the rear. Go for the individually reclining business class-style seats and it takes solace to the next level.

The S-Class has always been a test bed for Mercedes’ latest technology, and with features such as advanced autonomous driving systems, husky TFT displays and a mix of powertrains, the car is at the cutting edge.

A petrol-electric plug-in hybrid rendition is available for eco-conscious executives, but the S-Class can also be specced in S 63 or S 65 profile, equipped with blistering V8 and V12 turbo engines respectively. These AMG models are Cyclopean to drive, making the S-Class one of the fastest yet most luxurious saloons on sale today.

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Mercedes S 350 d SE L (£70,470)

It might be the ‘entry-level’ version, but SE L has all the kit you’ll need, with leather, air-expulsion and sophisticated infotainment. The V6 diesel mixes muscular performance with refinement and compactness, while the incredibly spacious and beautifully crafted cabin keeps its occupants green. 

Commended

Bentley Mulsanne

Recent tweaks – including a new, ultra-powerful, link-turbo V8 Speed model – have kept the big Bentley competitive. British craftsmanship combined with a lightly restyled shell means the Mulsanne offers presence like nothing else in the class. It’s from the old day-school in some respects, but nothing imposes like a Bentley.

Porsche Panamera

The new Panamera is no longer Porsche’s terrible-looking duckling. Its more svelte styling, hi-tech cabin and advanced infotainment finishing touch a new chassis that makes it one of the best- riding Porsches ever. The brilliant twin-turbo V8 diesel with 850Nm of torque is our pick of the border-up, and cements the car’s status as one of the best luxury models on sale today.

Auto Get across New Car Awards 2017

• Car of the Year 2017 • Coupe of the Year 2017
• City Car of the Year 2017 • Convertible of the Year 2017
• Supermini of the Year 2017 • Roadster of the Year 2017
• Compact Household Car of the Year 2017 • Performance Car of the Year 2017
• Family Car of the Year 2017 • Compact Executive of the Year 2017
• Estate Car of the Year 2017 • Executive Car of the Year 2017
• MPV of the Year 2017 • Luxury Car of the Year 2017
• Small SUV of the Year 2017 • Van of the Year 2017
• Mid-bigness SUV of the Year 2017 • Electric Car of the Year 2017
• Large SUV of the Year 2017 • Technology Award 2017
• Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Advertising Toss one’s hat in the ring of the Year 2017
• Large Premium SUV of the Year 2017 • Social Media Campaign of the Year 2017
• Pick-up of the Year 2017 • Car Sketch out Award 2017
• Hot hatch of the Year 2017 • Driver Power Award 2017

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