The Mercedes S350 Diesel Is Quite Possibly The Perfect Car (If You’re A Banker With 3 Kids Living In Greenwich)

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For decades, the Mercedes S-Class has been the standard by which all other luxury cars are judged.

Many times, features that appear on an S-Class are a glimpse into the future of the regular car.

The S-Class has always been a technical wunderkind; a testbed for the latest and greatest automotive technology that Mercedes has to offer.
The current car has everything from massaging seats to lane departure warnings and voice commands to a night vision camera. Yes, you read that right, the car has a night vision camera.

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his generation of S-Class is due to be replaced for the 2014 model year. But thankfully, Mercedes finally brought the best version of the car to America.

The S350 BlueTEC is the first diesel fueled S-Class to be offered in the USA in ages. We think it is absolutely magnificent.

Recently, we spent a week with the new S350. Our test car was chock full of options, which made the $92,550 base price balloon to $112,855. In fact, if you combine the prices of the last three cars we tested, the S-Class still costs $30,000 more.

This is easily the most expensive car we have had the privilege of parking in the BI Garage. And if you need to take a client to dinner, drive the kids to boarding school, or want to be a chauffeur in your spare time, there is nothing better.
This generation of S-Class is due to be replaced for the 2014 model year. But thankfully, Mercedes finally brought the best version of the car to America.

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The S350 BlueTEC is the first diesel fueled S-Class to be offered in the USA in ages. We think it is absolutely magnificent.

Recently, we spent a week with the new S350. Our test car was chock full of options, which made the $92,550 base price balloon to $112,855. In fact, if you combine the prices of the last three cars we tested, the S-Class still costs $30,000 more.

This is easily the most expensive car we have had the privilege of parking in the BI Garage. And if you need to take a client to dinner, drive the kids to boarding school, or want to be a chauffeur in your spare time, there is nothing better.

Driving

 


If you want to take a car to a track day, the S350 is not for you.

However, if you want to be comfortable on a highway cruise or not feel potholes, this is the perfect car. The ride quality is impeccable.

But the big story of the S350 is the engine. The 3.0 liter turbo-diesel V6 has a mere 240 horsepower. However, it has a monstrous 455 pound feet of torque. Low-end torque like this equals great drivability.

From a standstill, the S350 feels like it can pull stumps out of the ground. On the highway, you can accelerate for a pass and the car pulls effortlessly.

The car also injects an additive called "AdBlue," a urea-based formula, into the exhaust to negate emissions. The S350 is one of the cleanest cars on the road.

We never got tired of the distinct turbodiesel sound. There was just something awesome about driving a big sedan that sounds like a large truck.

Driving tech also abounds. There is a lane departure warning, an automatic braking system, radar cruise control, and even a system that knows if the driver is drowsy. We aren't totally sure how that last one works, and our attempts at feigning drowsiness went unnoticed.


Interior

The interior is glorious.

Rich leather and wood is everywhere to touch. The lighting comes on slowly as if you are in a theater.

There are even intricate details, like textured handgrips behind the door handles. It's small nuances like these that separate the S-Class from other cars on the road.

In the dash, the analog clock received immediate compliments from everyone that was in the car.

AltThen there are some amazing features. The front seats are heated, cooled, and even have four different massage settings. There are even three different colors for the interior lighting.

The navigation screen has a setting called "SplitView." This means the driver sees radio stations or navigation, while the passenger can watch a movie...on the same screen.

For rear seat passengers, there are reclining, heated and cooled seats (sorry, no massage), dual video screens, and electric sunshades.

Everything about the interior politely whispers class and sophistication. We never wanted to get out.

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