The new 2021 Mercedes S-Class has transformed better, outwardly. The simple design lines work quite well. There’s a lot of stuff coming into the interior; now it’s totally digital. The 3D instrument display, the new 4D sound system, and the current generation MBUX are incredible advancements.
Yet operation is far more complicated with a capacitive steering wheel and much more elaborate menus; this seems not user-friendly.
The latest mild-hybrid for the petrol-powered engines can be more environmentally friendly. Also, dealers should be asked for animal-free equipment as Mercedes isn’t promoting it.
A sustainable and smooth surface as an alternative, such as in the new BMW 5 Series, is also not available.
But other safety and comfort innovations such as rear airbags and new insulation methods are admirable.
Mercedes S-Class Exterior
Mercedes S-Class Interior
The seats are comfortable and beautifully upholstered.
So that you feel like you are lying on the sofa rather than sitting on the seat.
You have comfortable microfiber cushions on the rear headrest and the front seats; now, it’s available. If you choose the right package, you can even heat it quickly at the back.
Of course, there is plenty of room in the back seat in the extended version. Whether you choose standard 5-seater back seats, a version with external electrically adjustable seats and a foldable multimedia device, or even a single seat setup.
The extended edition also provides executive seating, where at the click of a button, the front passenger seat is moved fully forward while the footrest folds out. And although you are 1.85 m tall, you can’t stretch your legs out fully.
Also, the trunk has a size of 20 liters more and reaches 550 liters.
The side seat cushions guarantee that the passenger is pulled further toward the middle of the car for more safety in the case of a side collision.
A further innovative safety feature is a separate rear passenger airbag, each positioned on the outer seat.
Yes, it is compatible with children’s seats too.
Currently, Mercedes is launching this tech to both sides throughout this shape for its first time.
However, the technology has actually been launched once by Nissan.
If you remember, it turns out that Nissan also introduced this technology once in 1993. At that time, the Nissan President was the first car to be built with airbags for the left passenger on the back seat.
Today, for its first time in this form, Mercedes is implementing this tech on both sides.
Mercedes S-Class Features and Performance
But the new S-Class now surprises us because it optionally comes with a full-featured rear axle steering wheel.
When driving at low speed, you know the rear axle amazingly steers up to 10 degrees, and that’s twice as much as the competition.
As a result, you get a two-meter reduction in turning circle.
Not only that, because the maneuverability of the new Mercedes S Class has also increased. You will find it easier when maneuvering, parking, or driving agile at medium speed.
Meanwhile, when driving at a higher speed, as usual, the steering remains parallel to the front axle for increased stability.
The steering wheel has become smart enough to find out if the driver’s hand is still on the wheel.
That means you don’t have to make any movements. Just put your hands on the steering wheel.
This is to avoid errors where the car might remind you to hold the steering wheel, even though you have already done so. For example, if you drive on an entirely straight road.
The Mercedes S-Class features a standard level 2 support system combining active lane-keeping assist with adaptive cruise control.
Alternatively, you can already configure it for autonomous driving with Level 3. The vehicle takes full control and responsibility, but that is only in some instances, such as on the highway.
It’s not legally possible yet, of course, but for that, the S-Class already offers the hardware.
To support this technology, the Mercedes S-Class also has a laser or lidar sensor on the radiator grille, additional sensors, and cameras, including on the back of the windshield.
Ryan Daniel is a car enthusiast, and he has years of experience in the automotive field as an engineer. Now he is also active as an automobile blogger and member of the auto community.