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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

Few car interiors exude the class and quality of the S-Class. There are some classic features such as the analogue clock in the centre of the dash while the only other obvious controls are a row of wonderfully tactile metal switches below, which control the ventilation system. The rest of the functions such as the stereo and satellite navigation are controlled via a dial and several buttons on the central console, freeing up space elsewhere.

This gives the S-Class an uncluttered and stylish appearance helped by the majority of buttons being metal. Helpfully, the steering wheel moves up and out of the way when you turn the ignition off, making it easier for the driver to get in and out.

With double-glazed windows and plenty of sound proofing, along with an aerodynamic body shape, the cabin is a serene environment and cocoons passengers away from the outside world. All the materials you come into contact with are clearly of a high quality and everything feels as if it has been engineered without expense. There's acres of interior space and the seats offer plenty of support and comfort while long wheelbase versions get a significant increase in rear legroom.

The front seats can be specified as multicontour seats (standard on the S600L) which have a massaging function. They also have side bolsters which inflate and deflate when going through corners, giving you even more lateral support.