The Mercedes-Benz was given the S-Class prestigious Car Buyer Best Luxury Car award for 2012. Car Buyer team judges have evaluated each new car in the UK over the last 12 months according to factors that its readers considered to be the most important. These include running costs, safety, economy, performance, owner satisfaction, reliability and comfort.
The S-Class has many rivals in the luxury car segment but none of them could beat it. The judges were in agreement that the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is “still the best luxury car on sale” as it is built beautifully and offers unsurpassed comfort.
This isn’t the first award for the flagship model of Mercedes-Benz. For the last seven straight years, it was named by WhatCar? as the Best Luxury Car of the Year. And for six years, it was named as Auto Express's Best Luxury car. Marcus Breitschwerdt, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz UK Limited, said that the S-Class is at the “pinnacle of luxurious motoring” but the company continues to improve on it.
In the past year, the range has gotten BlueTEC clean diesel technology and stop/start. These had improved its fuel efficiency and cut its CO2 emissions. The S 350 BlueTEC offers 45.6 mpg on the combined cycle, a 10% improvement and it emits 7% less CO2 emissions with 154 g/km of CO2.
Since the S-Class was launched in 2005, more than 440,000 S-Class units were sold globally. More than 13,800 of these were sold in the UK. On the road, the S 350 BlueTEC is priced from £60,605 while the S 350 BlueTEC LWB costs from £64,605.
The 2010 Mercedes-Benz S-Class boasts a combination of state-of-the-art protection and assistance systems. Many of these world-first systems are also found in the new E-Class, which has been available in the market since the first quarter of 2009. The new assistance systems turn these E-Class and S-Class models into "intelligent" partners for drivers. The car will be able to feel, see, instinctively respond to dangers being detected, and act on its own initiative to avoid accidents or reduce the severity of any accident that occurs.
According to Dr. Thomas Weber, a member of Daimler AG’s board of management and the one responsible for R&D of Mercedes-Benz cars, the new assistance systems used in the E-Class and S-Class are similar to the other established Mercedes-Benz systems like ABS, Brake Assist, ESP, and PRE-SAFE in that they are also geared toward the realities of accidents, including how they happen and the consequences they bring about.
Weber adds that the aim of developing these new systems was to prevent common and serious collisions. And with these systems, the S-Class does not only protect its own occupants but also plays an important role in enhancing the safety of other motorists, too.
Mercedes-Benz also deploys cameras that are able to scan far ahead into the road, as well as monitor the vehicle’s surrounding area and interpret usually critical situations. This kind of camera is used in the Adaptive Highbeam Assist system, which is optionally available and which detects vehicles that are travelling towards the car or ahead of it. This system controls the headlamps to ensure the widest range possible without dazzling other drivers.
Engineers have likewise enhanced Night View Assist. Now equipped with a pedestrian detection function, the system is able to detect pedestrians ahead and highlights them on the display screen to make them easily noticeable.
Another system that "looks ahead" for safer driving is the Lane Keeping Assist. Its computer has the ability to recognize lane markings by simply evaluating contrasting images of road surfaces and markings.