2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Facelift: Still The Best Car In The World?

The bid daddy of Mercedes has been thoroughly updated for MY2018 with new tech and powertrains but is this enough to fend off challengers in the luxury segment?

The German company kept visual changes to a minimum, with redesigned LED lights, a new radiator grille and bumpers being the main differences but the mechanical part of the update is a whole different story.

That’s because the new Mercedes S-Class is the company’s first model to feature their all-new straight-six powertrains, both in petrol and in diesel formats.

The 3.0-liter petrol engine can be found in the S 450 and S 500 models, producing 367hp and 435hp respectively. As for the 3.0-liter diesel unit, the figures are 286hp/442lb-ft for the S 350d and 340hp/516lb-ft for the S 400d. All models use the 9G-Tronic automatic transmission, bar the V12 models.

The adoption of the 48-volt electrical architecture also makes the S-Class compatible with a range of cutting-edge driver assistance features, including a semi-autonomous function.

The lovely interior mixes luxury and technology in a very impressive way, featuring a pair of new 12.3-inch digital displays that are housed under the same glass panel while the new steering wheel offers better ergonomics thanks to its touch-sensitive controls.

For many the Mercedes S-Class is the best automobile in the world but is this true for the latest model? Let’s find out what Carwow and Mat Watson have to say about it.

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  • Craig

    I’m looking forward to seeing how this compares to the Lexus LS.

    • thunder bolt

      The king will be the king. Long live Mercedes.
      If you take a 10 years old Lexus and compare it with 10 years old Mercedes S class. you will see the fit and finish are way much better in a Merc, exterior, interior leather quality. The only problem is that it costs more to maintain a Merc.

      • 31/12/2999

        Sorry but my cousin’s 2007 Lexus LS always still in good condition and never in fault. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/bdf6d10f02128a35ba8c168b68ac09a238bd0dd9a9ef5d90e7c9425b4656fb08.jpg

        • Merc1

          What is there to be sorry about? It looks nice, but it has the look of a really nice Toyota. Every luxury car brand has owners with cars in great condition somewhere. The current LS is a joke next to the S-Class.

          M

      • SteersUright

        Not remotely true. German cars of the last two decades are NOT the German cars of before. They have a tendency to begin to disintegrate, soft touch coatings start peel off, plastics turn brittle and break, etc. In fact, when visiting the auction lots, I find its usually precisely the Lexus, Infiniti, and Acura that seem to hold up the best inside and out which probably comes as no surprise to anyone. Dont even bother looking inside an older modern Jag, good lord do those things fall apart, especially the XJ.

        • Merc1

          I haven’t seen this to that extent. What I’ve seen is that any Mercedes built from 2007 onwards holds up better. 1998-2006 is lacking. Lexus, Acura, Infiniti all have cracked leather seats, shot suspensions and really awful looking paint after a some years have past.

          M

      • Craig

        We will have to agree to disagree.

  • Carenthusiast

    Matt is hilarious! The eyebrow stuff was really funny. S Class is simply unbeatable in the luxury segment.

    • SteersUright

      Dunno about that. Its an excellent machine, but is it really entirely better than the all new A8 or 7-series? I’d say they’re pretty even and boil down to preference among these excellent cars. They are the top three though, I dont really see any of the others truly competitive with them. The Jag XJ? Not a chance. Nor the new LS from Lexus neither, as it always has and sadly seem it always will feel like the budget alternative to these 3 class leaders. In fact, cant think of any other sedan outside of maybe the Bentley (sister car to A8, same platform), and perhaps a Panamera, but the Porsche is much more prone to issues.

      • Carenthusiast

        Sales figure is the answer to your question…yup, S Class outsells every other F segment car and that’s a fact.

      • PK

        the new a8? maybe, the ls? nah but the 7 series? are you out of your mind????

  • dumblikeyou2

    Big snore

  • SteersUright

    I understand that most of the world’s rich have rather poor taste. But why is every new luxury car adopting this nightclub style of tacky interiors? The weird silver and neon lighting, might as well do the seats up in Zebra with bear-skin floor mats, a disco ball in the center of the roof, and go all the way.

  • SirVeil

    The answer is, yes. Thank you! Say no more

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