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Mercedes S-Class (7th, W223/V223) Review Rundown

Mercedes-BenzPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Mercedes-Benz S-Class Full-Size Luxury Sedan (7th-gen, W223, V223)
Neoscore* 79%
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • Impressive range of driver-assistance features
  • Comfortable ride
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The new W223 S-Class is the first Mercedes developed to drive fully autonomously. Its new Drive Pilot system uses lidar, short- and long-range radar, ultrasonic sensors, cameras and, it's claimed, the most advanced GPS yet to feature in a production car. The vehicle's suspension mates Mercedes' AirMatic set-up with the latest generation of its ADS+ adaptive damping control.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The Mk7 S-Class represents an entirely different engineering and technical philosophy to the car it replaces. It's the first Mercedes developed to drive fully autonomously without a driver, if only within the confines of a suitably networked parking garage. A key development is the new Rear Wheel Steering system, which buyers can specify with two different levels of steering assistance to the rear wheels. The standard suspension mates Mercedes' AirMatic set-up with the latest generation of its ADS+ adaptive damping control.
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Pros[**]
  • Class-leading fuel economy
  • New rear-wheel-drive options
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a hugely complex piece of machinery. It is based on a heavily re-engineered version of Merc's Modular Rear Architecture. It weighs 1990kg, has air suspension all round and is 5.3m long. It also has the option of rear-wheel steer, which reduces the turning circle by up to 1.9m.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb rear-wheel steer
  • Superb infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 73%
Reviewers from autocar have found the following[***]:
Mercedes is opening up the UK range with the car's bottom-end models. The lesser S350d diesel is the only version of the car that can be had with one driven axle rather than two. By and large, this is a very comfy and quiet car. Mercedes' 2.9-litre turbocharged diesel 400d engine is a good fit for the S-Class.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable and quiet
  • Lots of driver-assistance tech
  • Decent infotainment system
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 86%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
Priced from £78,705 for the entry-level S 350d AMG Line. This new S will be the first car available with Level 3 autonomous driving capability when law allows in certain markets next year. With up to 10deg of rear steering available a four-wheel steer S-Class has the same turning circle as an A-Class hatch. Equally clever technology inside the stunning super yacht-inspired cabin.
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Pros[**]
  • Incredibly quiet
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Impressive fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 67%
Reviewers from autoexpress have found the following[***]:
There's a new 12.8-inch touchscreen with fingerprint recognition. The 12.3-inch driver display is available with 3D tech and it'll watch you, too, so you only have to look at the door mirror you want to adjust. The latest MBUX infotainment features augmented reality for the nav. But we'd question the value of some of the tech.
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Pros[**]
  • Fantastic infotainment system
  • Excellent ride quality
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

carmagazine[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The all-new S-Class is inoffensive, purposeful and cautiously contemporary. Five of the six initially available S-class versions are powered by six-cylinder petrol and diesels. The base S580 is powered by a 4.0-litre twin-turbo engine with an opulent 518bhp including the EQ Boost bonus.
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Pros[**]
  • Gorgeous interior
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet at low-to-medium revs
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

cnet[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 85%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The 2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is an absolute banger, once again setting the standard for all other luxury cars. The interior design borrows heavily from the Vision EQS concept, with a large swath of wood trim running the width of the dashboard. The 12.8-inch OLED infotainment screen rises up from the center console, leaving enough space behind it for an additional storage tray.
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Pros[**]
  • Superb infotainment system
  • Superb rear-seat visibility
  • Excellent battery life
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

1. ^ Mercedes-Benz S-Class 2020 review. autocar. 2020-10-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Mercedes-Benz S-Class S500 4Matic L 2020 UK review. autocar. 2020-12-18 Retrieved 2021-04-26.
3. ^ Mercedes-Benz S400d 4Matic L AMG Line 2021 UK review. autocar. 2021-04-14 Retrieved 2021-04-26.
4. ^ New Mercedes S-Class 2020 review. autoexpress. 2020-10-27 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ New Mercedes S-Class 2021 review. autoexpress. 2021-05-14 Retrieved 2021-05-15.
6. ^ Mercedes S-Class (2020) review: the new ‘smart’ car. carmagazine. 2020-10-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ 2021 Mercedes-Benz S580 review: The benchmark once again. cnet. 2021-07-29 Retrieved 2021-07-31.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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