Pros: Interior space and comfort are among the world’s best; supple ride quality; library quietness; smooth, ample power
Cons: Sky-high prices; limited model lineup, at least for now; complicated control layout takes lots of practice to use
CG Says: The S-Class is all new for 2014 save for its carryover twin-turbo V8 powertrain. Previous hybrid and diesel versions aren’t among the initial offerings, nor are the high-performance AMG models. However, all are expected to return within a year or so. Size is about the same as before, but a host of standard and available features have been added, many having to do with safety. Those who liked the previous S550–and we count ourselves among them–will likely be impressed by the redesigned 2014 model as well. Many useful luxury and safety features have been added (though many will take some acclimation to use), and the newly available rear-seat packages turn the car into a luxury limousine. Although it’s not perfect, make no mistake that the S-Class remains a premium sedan of the highest order, easily competing with the best sedans in the world. Note that the hybrid, diesel, and high-performance AMG versions of the S-Class that were offered last year are expected to be resurrected for the redesigned 2014 S-Class within the next year or so.