I've owned BMW, Lexus, Jags, Porsche and this is my third Mercedes. This summer I sold my 2007 CLS 550. I loved the CLS with a few exceptions. The trunk was too small and I could never figure out how to change the clock (I'm pretty computer savvy). The 2010 S 550 is very different. The trunk is huge ( a lot of room for a golf bag). The Command controller is the silver round nob you see in the photos on the console ( I call it the joy stick) and if you fiddle with it for about an hour you can work almost everything in this car. Changing the clock takes about 20 seconds. The S 550 is beautiful, functional and comfortable in every way. How could it be any better? I can not wait to see the new MB.
This car seems like it was pulled straight out of the autobahn, fast but comfortable. Test drove the 7 series, Maserati Quaduellete, and Porsche Pannera, none of which could nearly compare. I commute between Miami and Tampa every day, and this car is simply unbelievable. Beware though- Sometimes I forget in a American highway and not in the autobahn and find myself doing 130 something in a 75 zone. The rides THAT good.
traded 08 S550 4matic, third S class in a row and I have to honestly say, they just keep improving! The lighting on the 10 is very...well 2010! I think for the money you can not honestly buy a better car at this price point. If you can afford BUY IT!
A perfectly executed modern rendition of classics past. Mercedes had the courage to combine a refreshingly new look with the best design elements of earlier models. The 300 Adenauer of the Fifties comes most closely to mind. The hint of fenders, jewel like tail lamps, the proud grille, genuinely tasteful headlamps in this era of hideous excess. The design elements come together brilliantly, totally sidestepping the grotesque for sake of difference found in so many other current vehicles. Beautifully, beautifully harmonious.
S400 Hybrid 4dr Sedan (3.5L 6cyl gas/electric hybrid 7A)
Options on test vehicle
Sport Package ($5,800 -- includes 19-inch AMG wheels, sport body styling); Premium II Package ($4,950 -- includes bi-xenon headlights with active curve illumination, LED daytime running lights, adaptive high beams, heated and cooled active front seats, multicontour front seats with massage, keyless ignition/entry, front and rear parking sensors, rearview camera); Rear-Seat Package ($2,990 -- includes eight-way power-adjustable outboard rear seats, four-zone automatic climate control, heated and ventilated outboard rear seats); Driver Assistance Package ($2,900 -- includes advanced adaptive cruise control, PreSafe brake, blind spot warning system and lane departure warning system); Rear-Seat Entertainment Package ($2,450 -- includes two display screens, two monitors, two wireless headphones and a separate DVD input); Night View Assist Plus ($1,740); Panorama Sunroof ($1,070); Diamond White Paint ($795); Wood/Premium Leather Steering Wheel ($580).
I started acceleration runs with 97 percent showing on battery capacity and by run 5, it had gone down to 82 percent, but this didn't appear to affect the acceleration or trap speed (much). Still, the launch is pretty lazy as the car pauses momentarily while it realizes you want "both barrels blazing." Once under way, the power is remarkably linear and upshifts are buttery smooth.
Belts cinch up with full-ABS stops! The first stop was shorter than the remaining five that were tightly grouped, showing good fade resistance. Pedal effort was low and felt a little squishy. Also noticed an atypical (not like hot brakes) odor with no loss in performance.
Soft and compliant in Comfort setting, but even with the throttle closing with ESP on, the grip is about the same as Sport with ESP off (which it is not, by the way). Steering feels a little distant and vague. Steering feels buttery smooth in the slalom, but a little numb in terms of feeling the surface. Appropriately stately (moderate) turn-in and yaw reactions and neutral attitude -- you really notice that there are no heavy batteries. Good transition in Sport, and also in Comfort, though slightly delayed. Not an embarrassing performance -- especially for a hybrid lux sedan.