[YesAuto Professional Evaluation] From overseas test drive to domestic launch, the new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class has entered the Chinese market in a hymn from various media. The propaganda slogan “Inventor of the car, invent the car again!” is full of domineering, which not only demonstrates the identity of the inventor of the car, but also highlights Mercedes-Benz's determination to seek innovation and change.
After the long holiday of November, when the S-class craze receded slightly, we decided to take a closer look at this return of the king. Our test car is a Mercedes-Benz S500L, the starting price has reached 2.098 million yuan. This top price top model should be equipped with a variety of overseas test drive Daniel configuration, right? The actual experience is really not there.
● Appearance design: born out of W221
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2014 S500L
One of the feelings that this generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class gives me is that it is not very large. Although it is more than 5.2 meters long, it does not have a strong sense of pressure when it is parked next to you. You will not find it until it is reversed and stored. In fact, it's really not small. It can be said that it is not very large because of its good proportions, smooth lines, and even the drag coefficient (0.24) is the lowest in the history of S-level. But for S-class, is it really good to not be big? At least I personally like the strong presence of W140.
Compared with its predecessors, the front face of the new S-class is much more restrained and incorporates many of the latest design elements of the family. The design of the headlights is inspired by the torch. Compared with the shape, I appreciate the convenience brought by the intelligent lighting system. When walking at night, I don’t need to switch back and forth between the low beam and the high beam. The intelligent high beam system automatically senses the vehicle ahead and adjusts the angle of light. In the future, for every new Mercedes-Benz S-Class sold in China, there will be more drivers on the roads in China who can use lights. Thinking of this, I feel that this function still contributes a lot and needs to be popularized.
The side lines of the body are reminiscent of the previous model (W221), especially the contours of the window frames are almost the same. Yes, the new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W222) does partially continue the design of W221, and even the wheelbase of the two cars is exactly the same. However, the new-generation S-Class incorporates more design elements of a large four-door coupe in its shape. The slender front, the bowstring-shaped roof curve and the compact and powerful rear together create a ready-to-go The posture makes the new generation S-class the most dynamic luxury flagship in history.
The new S-class will have 6 body forms in the future, namely the normal version, the L extended version, the XL ultra-long version, the coupe version, the convertible version and the top Pullman version. Among them, the Pullman version will replace the discontinued Maybach. Its status has become the top model of Mercedes-Benz. Different from the previous model, the new S-class is developed based on the L extended version, while the regular version is actually a shortened version. It is reasonable to think about it. The two major exporting countries of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (China and the United States) are all extended version enthusiasts, and the sales of the S-Class in these two countries have accounted for more than 70% of the global sales of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. It should be.
Then I talk about the carriage return, which is also the most beautiful position of the S-class in my opinion. Compared with the front face that lacks some aura, the lines at the rear of the car are fully luxurious. Many small details of the tail can see the shadow of the Maybach, and the “cigar”-shaped body line adds a touch of classicism to it.
● Interior design: Baroque + Bauhaus + technology fan
The most exciting thing about the S-Class this time is undoubtedly the new interior design. It feels like you have entered a modern palace. Even the most discerning customers may find it difficult to pick out some dissatisfaction in the interior. The overall design of the center console is full of Baroque style, but the designers control the complex colors and various materials to the right level, giving people the ultimate luxurious feeling.
Upon closer inspection, you will find that the new S-class retro interior design has not lost the functionality of the center console. The new S-Class integrates more functions into the latest COMAND Online system, which simplifies a large number of control buttons required for configuration, and takes into account convenience and functionality. But the problem is not without it. For Asians, the operating area of the COMAND Online system is a bit too wide. For example, the return button and volume adjustment knob are too far away, which affects the convenience of use.
The last thing I have to mention is the sense of science and technology. Whether you are a big boss or a technical house, a clear display and easy-to-operate multimedia system is an indispensable configuration for this level. The new S-Class provides two 12.3-inch high-resolution LCD screens, one is used to replace the traditional dashboard, and the other is responsible for displaying multimedia information. What is the concept of 12.3 inches? It is a quarter larger than the familiar iPad (9.7 inches), and the resolution is not inferior.
The use of lights in the car is also at its peak. All the lighting equipment inside and outside the new S-class adopts LED light sources, and the lighting arrangement is very particular. All you can see is the ambient light of up to 7 colors, and the light source is all hidden in the dark, neither dazzling nor affecting the driver’s sight, distracting, and it can be difficult to see the light. Find its source to describe.
The audio system comes from the famous German high-end audio brand, the sound of Berlin, and its position in the audio industry is quite similar to that of Mercedes-Benz in the automotive field. Before the Mercedes-Benz S, the only car manufacturers that could cooperate with were Porsche and Bugatti. The sound system on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class relies on 13 high-power speakers and precisely tuned electronic and acoustic components in the car.
● Riding experience: The big rear seat on the right is the key point
Conventional space experience is really not that important for the S-class, and the 3165mm wheelbase is already very telling. The height of the experiencer is 175cm. When the front row is adjusted to a suitable position, the leg space in the back row is more than three punches, and the leg space is very spacious.
Let's focus on the “boss position” on the right side of the rear row. The S500L comes standard with executive seats, which can be adjusted to the most comfortable angle with one button. Compared with aircraft business class, its seat comfort is better, but the leg space is just right for the experiencer. If it is a passenger who is more than 180cm tall, it may be difficult to straighten his legs.
In addition, I feel that there is a lack of a conventional sitting position button. After adjusting to the supine state, you need various operations to return the front and rear seats to the normal sitting position, which is not convenient enough. There are also hot stone massage functions that many friends are very interested in, sorry. This is really optional, and the optional price is as high as 58,000 yuan, which is a bit stingy for top matching.
The video entertainment system in the back row is not uncommon for us in the same class of models. The two screens are displayed separately, and the audio also has its own corresponding earphones. There are two USB ports in the rear center armrest, corresponding to two display screens.
● Trunk: It can be installed without the optional refrigerator
It is really not easy to make the trunk of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Two sets of complicated electric seats already occupy a lot of space. If you choose to install a car refrigerator, the space will become even more insufficient and completely irregular. Fortunately, the loading and unloading of the car refrigerator is very easy, even without any tools. After removing the refrigerator, the volume of 530L can still meet the needs of most car users.
Summary of the static part: the configuration is too stingy
From the perspective of car fans, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is more than just a car. It has carried too much history and gained too much honor. It was born to lead the car industry. If it does not meet this requirement, in the eyes of many people, this is an incompetent Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz did a good job this time. The retro luxury interior is a big highlight. In addition to the magic body control, multiple active safety technologies and hot stone massage, it can be regarded as a leader in the industry.
But in the Chinese market, the magic body control technology will not be introduced for the time being. The S500L, which is priced as high as 2.098 million, does not even have standard range control and lane keeping, which are not cutting-edge active safety configurations. You must know that in Volkswagen or Volvo, many hundreds of thousands of models have also been equipped with these configurations. For Mercedes-Benz, which often talks about history and regards innovation as its responsibility, the configuration of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class this time is really stingy.
Performance may not be the most important thing for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but I believe there are still many readers who want to know the true strength of this car. When it was just launched, we also brought a new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class test reports. I hope you can have a more comprehensive understanding of it.
The first batch of Mercedes-Benz S-Classes launched in China has three power configurations. Obviously, the main sales force is the S400L equipped with a 3.0-liter V6 turbocharged engine. However, this time we tested the S500L, which is the strongest model among them. A 4.7-liter V8 twin-turbocharged engine with a maximum power of 435 horsepower and a maximum torque of 700 N·m is matched with a 7G-TRONIC PLUS 7-speed automated manual gearbox.
The strong power is self-evident, but even for those who like to pursue excitement, the almost flawless performance of the new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class in terms of comfort will often make you completely give up the pursuit of speed. It has a strong infectious power, and the influence it exerts is subtle. From the moment you get in the car, you can involuntarily enter a state of desirelessness.
It has always been difficult to describe the driving experience of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Whether it is the gearbox or the steering system, the characteristics of all links are so natural and combined into an organic whole. The environment it creates is easy to overlook. Attention to various details. This has been done very well in the old models, and the new car continues to carry forward this tradition. In addition to being quieter and smoother, it has also made some adjustments in the details: its throttle and steering wheel have become lighter and no longer sticky. Stagnant. If the old Mercedes-Benz S-Class feels like driving in water, now the new car is more like it is in a liquid such as ethanol. In short, it has a lower density than water, which reduces the damping feeling.
Of course, the biggest beneficiaries of the comfort of the new car are the rear passengers. The smooth and smooth power output has no frustration, and you can hardly feel the change in speed. The air suspension is conscientious. Most of the time, it can filter vibrations well, but it still transmits the necessary road information when pressing over the ridges and ridges, usually just a short compression rebound, as full of resilience as Mercedes-Benz cars are as always. Of course, you don’t have to worry about this, the soft seat will help you resolve the uncomfortable feeling.
I believe that many readers are very concerned about the “MAGIC BODY CONTROL” system, which detects the road conditions ahead through the front stereo camera, which can instantly soften the air suspension when encountering large ups and downs, and alleviate the vibration of the vehicle body. This is really amazing, but it is an optional configuration, and the basic Mercedes-Benz S500L we tested does not have this feature. Also missing as an optional configuration are adaptive cruise and steering assist systems.
If you want to experience the power of the S500L, to be honest, it may not be as fast as you imagined. This is mainly due to tuning. Even a car with the same power may have a completely different output style. After all, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class focuses on comfort. Even if the sport mode is turned on, the whole car will not appear too manic. It pursues a continuous acceleration, as if all the power is evenly distributed to each speed range, as you can What I feel is that the speed of the car is increasing, but there is no excitement. It is best to pay attention to the speedometer, which may have exceeded expectations.
Finally, let us take a look at the test results of this car.
◆ 0-100km/h acceleration performance test:
The new generation of Mercedes-Benz S500L is still equipped with the 4.7T engine of the current S500L, with 435 horsepower and 700 Nm power parameters that are quite eye-catching. However, our new S500L is not equipped with the old 4MATIC four-wheel drive system, so in the early stages of the start, the two 275mm rear wheels will still have obvious skidding, which directly affects the final test results. The official test result is 4.8 seconds, and our best measured result is 5.34 seconds.
◆ 100-0km/h brake performance test:
The Mercedes-Benz S500L's body posture is relatively calm when braking at full force, and the support of the suspension in the extreme state is quite excellent. In the multi-group braking test, the difference of the braking distance is always controlled within one meter, and the stability is also not to be selected.
● Summary of the dynamic part:
In general, the new generation of Mercedes-Benz S-Class has indeed reached a very high level. The noise reduction performance in the car leaves a deep impression. The driving experience is impeccable, and it is worthy of the identity of the flagship of the Mercedes-Benz brand. In the 0-100km/h acceleration test link, because all the power of the 4.7-liter V8 engine is applied to the rear wheels, some time was lost due to tire slipping at the start, making the performance not as eye-catching as the Audi A8, but the mid-stage acceleration ability of Mercedes-Benz will certainly not be inferior. To opponents.
Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2014 S500L
In terms of engine and chassis performance alone, this car is satisfactory enough. The only regret is the lack of high-tech optional equipment on this test drive car, which makes our display a lot of color. The future will be in China. How high the penetration rate of the optional configuration in the market can be, I am afraid it is still unknown.