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Parkers overall rating: 5 out of 5 5.0

Few cars of this price are crash tested by Euro NCAP but it's safe to say the S-Class would perform well. Other Mercedes models such as the M-Class and E-Class, were awarded the maximum five-star rating for adult occupant safety. Its safety systems extend beyond a strong shell and eight air-bags. A radar at the front can detect objects ahead and if an accident seems likely, responds by delivering the maximum braking power even when the driver fails to press the pedal hard enough.

It also closes windows and sunroof and moves the seats to put the occupants in the best position for the airbags to work. Once the airbags have gone off the system opens the windows to ventilate the cabin which will be full of smoke from the airbag detonation. It also detects the weight of the passenger and inflates the airbag accordingly.

The S-Class is a large car and has a boot that can swallow plenty of luggage with 560 litres of carrying capacity - more than an Audi A8 or a BMW 7-Series. The rear seats don't fold down so carrying longer items can be an issue, however a 'ski hatch' is optional. All doors feature 'stepless stops' so will hold open at any angle making life a little easier in tight parking spaces while soft-closing doors (meaning you don't have to slam them shut) are standard on S500 and S600 models.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class (06-13).

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Climate control
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • DVD
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Leather seat trim
  • Lumbar support
  • Metallic Paint
  • PAS
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Rear electric windows
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
  • TV

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
Same as basic equipment
Standard Trim optional equipment
  • CD
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric sunroof
  • Front fog lights
  • Full size spare wheel
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
  • TV

AMG Sport Edition equipment

AMG Sport Edition standard equipment
  • CD Multichanger
  • Electric sunroof
  • Headlight washers
  • Heated seats
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Parking sensors
  • Space saver spare wheel
AMG Sport Edition optional equipment
None available