Test Drive: 2014 Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Test Drive_S350 Bluetec 2014_01Is the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class the ultimate Gentleman’s Car? It just might be. It looks amazing, It’s both comfortable and luxurious, and comes loaded with the latest technology. The engine lineup offers also powerful choices, and although the rear seat is comfortable, you love to drive it yourself. Sounds like perfect? Well, it pretty much is.

The styling is modern but subtle. The car looks sophisticated just as the gentleman’s car should. If you want a sportier look, you can opt for this AMG package. The new S-Class is available in two body lengths; the standard and the long-wheelbase model. The long version provides an extra 130 millimetres.

For the first time, the development focus was on the long-wheelbase version, and the standard model was derived from this. With extra 14 mm kneeroom in the rear, even this standard model offers luxurious space for the rear seat passengers.

Compared to the predecessor, the wheelbase has stayed the same, but the total length of the car has grown by 40 mm. The standard model is 5116 mm long, while the length of the long-wheelbase model is 5248 mm. The new S-Class offers 12 mm more maximum headroom for the driver, as well as 14 mm more shoulder room and 10 mm more elbow room in the front.

What comes to the technology, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has always been on its own level, and this latest edition makes no exception. There are so many new features in this car that we just don’t have the time to cover them all, but one interesting detail we have to bring up. The new S-Class is the first vehicle without a single light bulb as standard. Almost 500 LEDs assume the task of illuminating the road, vehicle, interior and luggage compartment.

This Mercedes-Benz S 350 BlueTEC is powered by a 3.0-litre V6 diesel engine. From the displacement of 2,987 cc, it delivers 190 kW (258 hp) at 3,600 rpm and massive 620 Nm of torque between 1,600 and 2,400 rpm. All engine variants in the new S-Class come as standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission. This latest version of the Mercedes-Benz 7G-TRONIC transmission features a new torque converter with reduced slip and an ECO shift mode with a wider ratio spread.

The S 350 BlueTEC offers nice performance, accelerating from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.8 seconds and reaching top speed of 250 km/h. The diesel-engined car is also nicely economical. The combined fuel consumption is just 5.5 l/100km and the CO2 emissions 146 g/km. The diesel engine’s massive torque makes the S 350 very enjoyable to drive.

If you think that the 190 kW provided by this diesel isn’t quite enough, the engine lineup also includes the S 500 powered by a V8 biturbo with 335 kW (455 hp) and the S 600 powered by V12. More economical choices are the hybrid models, S 300 BlueTEC Hybrid, S 400 Hybrid and the S 500 Plug-In Hybrid. The highest performance is offered by the AMG versions, S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG.