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Alright, enough numbers (for now), because there remains the matter of how the S-Class drives. Unsurprisingly, it has one of the most cosetting rides around and, for a car of its size and weight, it handles exceptionally well. The steering is precise and you will find plenty of grip. It still shines brightest in terms of refinement, since few other cars can waft like it, making it sublime on the motorway. 

Its interior is even more impressive. Every S-Class features all the kit that you could want, never mind need and provides a great driving position, with good visibility. All the major and minor controls are logically placed. They work with a well-damped action and have a high-quality feel that few rivals can match. No variants have to do without the crisp 12.3in infotainment display, too, and it’s intuitive to operate, via touch or a rotary controller. 

Being such a large car, the S-Class has plenty of space up front and lots in the back as well. To maximise this, there’s the long-wheelbase chassis, which came standard on all models bar the S350d (it’s a cost extra on that one). 

There’s also a boot that’s more than adequate for a week’s worth of holiday luggage, although the S500e and S560e plug-in hybrids have smaller boots (395 litres and 410 litres) because their batteries eat into the space.

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