Mercedes S350d Review

S For Elegance!

How does it look like?

To start off, the overall silhouette of the car looks pretty much like the earlier S Class i.e if you look at the car from a distance, there aren’t much of dramatic visual changes. However, once you get up and close with the new S, you’ll start appreciating the updated design elements. First up, you’ll be greeted by the triple LED DRL’s which are exclusive to the S and help in differentiating it from the E and the C. Move over the side and you’ll notice the new alloy wheel design which feels a bit ordinary and doesn’t really compliment the overall stature of the S.  At the back, you get updated taillamps which blend in well with the overall design language. On the inside, you get two 12.3-inch HD screens with a central command unit along with a 13 speaker, 590W Burmester surround sound system with a 64 colour ambient lighting system. NVH(Noise, Vibration, Harshness) levels are as good as always which means once you’re inside the S, every noise from the outside world gets muted! A lot hasn’t changed on the inside of the S Class and the rear seats continue to be best in the business with different massage and temperature settings.

What’s under the hood?

This is where things start getting interesting and afresh- under the hood of the S Class is an all-new inline six cylinder 3.0-litre diesel engine which is good enough for 282bhp of power along with 600NM of torque. This new inline six diesel mill is also the first BS VI ready engine in the country. Indian Petrol pumps do not sell BS VI grade fuel at the moment and are on BS IV norms and Mercedes has tackled this issue as well by using an additive called AdBlue which is a  DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) consisting of 32% urea mixed with deionized water. It is injected in SCR (Selective Catalytic Reduction) converter, for processing of gases and reducing harmful NOx emissions. Well, to simplify all off the above in layman terms, Mercedes has introduced a future-proof engine in the S Class which goes on to show the brand’s technological advancements and commitment to the Indian market.

The new 3-litre pot offers great levels of refinement and feels pretty punchy from early on in the rev-range and has this certain sense of eagerness to surge forward. It has been mated to a new 9 Speed gearbox too which shifts through cogs in an instant and compliments the new diesel motor perfectly. Well if you buy an S Class, you will be found at the rear seat most of the times. However, even if you decide to get behind the wheel yourself once in a while, the S will not disappoint you.

Verdict

Best car in the world? Well, yes, on most counts! Having said that, if you like getting behind the wheel yourself and want almost similar levels of luxury, the BMW 7 Series can tick a few more boxes. Also, the new Audi A8 is about to make its way to the Indian market and it will set different benchmarks in terms of technology and safety.

Having said that, the S Class has always been a safe bet in the luxury saloon segment and things have gotten better with this update.

PRICE – Rs. 1.33 Cr (ex-showroom)

Specs

Engine – 3.0-litre inline six cylinder diesel

Power 282bhp  Torque 600NM

Transmission – 9 Speed, RWD

Acceleration – 0-100 kmph -6.8 seconds

 

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