Out on the road, the lack of 4Matic cannot really be felt. The S-Class is an impeccable cruiser and an extremely comfortable place to be. The S500 retains 4Matic and produces 320kW and 520Nm with an additional 16kW and 250Nm thanks to the 48-volt electric system.
The MBUX infotainment system works a treat through the large 12.8-inch centre display, complemented by the 12.3-inch digital cluster. Everything can be controlled through the central screen – from the climate control, media, integrated ambient lighting to the massage or kinetic features of the seats.
The S350d’s pricing starts at R2,330,000 compared to the S500’s R2,492,000.
The Mercedes-Benz S-Class, along with the Mercedes-Maybach range, have upped the level of sophistication and luxury in its class. It was recently announced Mercedes-Benz will invest 75% of their resources into their higher-end vehicles as they believe luxury vehicles are the future of their business success. With the S-Class and Mercedes-Maybach, they have definitely showcased a positive step towards this philosophy.