2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Edmunds Ratings

2012 Mercedes-Benz S-Class S350 BlueTEC 4MATIC (3.0L V6 Turbo Diesel AWD 7-speed Automatic)
Date Driven: 10/11/2011
Performance Plenty of torque from the turbocharged V6 diesel, which is 455 pound-feet if you're taking notes. And the 7-speed automatic transmission makes the progression through gears virtually seemless. We averaged 23.3 mpg in combined driving.
Driving Dynamics True to the driving dynamics of most Mercedes sedans, this barge feels composed in transitions. The stability control system cannot be fully disabled, which is fine, as there is little need to be whipping this stately S-Class through the slalom.
Ride Comfort Comfort defines the S-Class. On the highway it feels stable and secure. Its seats are supportive but not stiff, making them excellent over long distances. Seat heaters, coolers and massagers further maximize passenger comfort.
Quietness Acoustiuc insulation plays a significant role in the hushed ambiance of the S350. With the windows up, passengers may forget the outside even exists. But with the windows down, the tick of the Bluetec diesel is unexpectedly prominent.
Ergonomics Most secondary vehicle controls are operated via the centrally controlled 'brain.' This dial literally puts seat, climate, radio and navigation controls at the driver's fingertips. A highly adjustable seat ensures comfort for all sizes.
Visibility Relatively large windows enhance side and forward visibility, as does the rear-view camera. Large proportions can make maneuverability in tight quarters a challenge.
Seat Access & Space The S-Class is designed with rear occupants in mind. Legroom is ample. Doors open wide to facilitate entry/exit. It is no surprise these vehicles operate commercially as limousines.
Cargo & Storage Slim door pockets. Center console offers very shallow storage. And minimal crannies in the cabin overall. The trunk, however, makes up for the lack of interior storage. It is immense.
Build Quality Top-notch build quality inside and out. This is the degree of quality that we've come to expect from Mercedes' flagship luxury sedan.

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