Mercedes-Benz S-Class S320L Review
Die Wahre Sonderklasse

4 Sep 2018

With a new 360-degree camera, and Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, parking the large car is also made easier, since there is better all-round visibility, and always that option at hand to automatically park the car

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class has long been seen as a benchmark to how a luxury sedan should be built, but it really is much more than that. For the longest time, the car has been seen as the iconic “I have made it” statement, and the facelifted car in our opinion makes it clear why the S-Class can garner such a large following.

Introduced in 2013, the timeless, streamline styling and the quality of its ride has always been some of the hallmarks of the S-Class. And now with its mid-life facelift, it faces competition from the newly launched Lexus LS, Audi A8 and the BMW 7 Series; and at a stretch, the more driver-involved Porsche Panamera.

On the outside, their new Multi-Beam LED headlamps featuring new long range high beams flank a new chromed grille with larger air intakes. The car also features newly designed 19” alloys. Together with the freshening up of its design, the S-Class more importantly gets two new 3.0 V6 engine variants, the S 320 L and S 450 L. While the S 450 L offers up more power at 367hp, we feel that the S 320 L at 272hp, and 400Nm delivers sufficient grunt, since you would be wafting around rather effortlessly on a wonderful cloud of comfort.

That cloud of comfort is their Magic Body Control in action, where the car scans the road in-front and adjusts the suspension accordingly. Further ride quality enhancements from an available CURVE curve-tilting function, which tilts the body to the inside of a turn, adding to more comfort, by reducing centrifugal forces perceived by passengers.

While the car wafts around, it never comes across as too soft. The drive is actually very balanced, and the S 320 L responds very well when tucking into a bend, and you can tell that the suspension actively works to find that sweet spot of accommodating undulations on the road and straight-up road holding.

A spirited drive is less noticeable for passengers, since there is just plenty of insulation from what is happening outside; thanks to this, push the V6 a little harder, and all the car communicates into the cabin is a light purr from the front. The S-Class was meant to waft along, delivering supple ride quality, and would not be as an exciting a drive as say, the Panamera or even the Lexus LS.

Driving enhancements like Active Steer Assist, provides more driver support, by helping to keep the car a safe distance, and assists with the steering if the need arises… another step towards a fully autonomous drive.

With a new 360-degree camera, and Active Parking Assist with PARKTRONIC, parking the large car is also made easier, since there is better all-round visibility, and always that option at hand to automatically park the car.

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