There’s one thing that is overwhelmingly odd about assessing the Mercedes S-Class: it is really designed to transport rear-seat passengers in comfort, rather than provide pleasure for the driver, who is often not even the owner.

However, it is a very fine long-distance car for both its driver and passengers. You sit high and comfortably, unlike the sports-coupé driving position that marks the Jaguar XJ. The steering may be a little distant, but the seamless shove of all the engines and the car’s mix of effortlessness and unstoppability is quite addictive.

Matt Saunders Autocar

Matt Saunders

Road test editor
Standard 18-inch alloys offer best ride quality, but look a little lost on such a big car

The S-Class has aged exceptional well and a mark of its abilities is the fact that, at six years old, it does not feel past its sell-by date.

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