The Ideal Road Companion: Mercedes S500


By Shereen Shabnam

The Mercedes S‑Class is distinctive and recently we had the S500 for a week to explore the different Emirates in the UAE. We found it to be a luxury travel partner one can always rely on. We arrived at our various destinations fully relaxed and the innovative drive assist and safety technologies made every journey one we looked forward to.

INTERIOR

The spacious interior is inviting and elegant with finely tailored leathers and exotic wood and ambient lights that envelops the cockpit. The drive was made easier with the Mercedes-Benz User Experience (MBUX) which is intuitive and intelligent. The advanced multiscreen, multitouch digital cockpit recognizes individual preferences making the driving experience a delight. We loved the system’s Burmeister audio with crystal-clear music and the various massage options that saw us spending more time in the car than in the office. The wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto feature makes connectivity easier.

EXTERIOR

The exterior of the S500 has character and charisma – it now has newly shaped innovative digital light headlamps, flush door handles and the signature S Class luxury feel. The iconic grille and 19-inch alloy wheels.complements the sleek sweeping profile of the long bodied sedan and the panoramic sunroof gives a sense of being outdoors while experiencing the comfort of being inside a comfortable lounge.

PERFORMANCE

A new generation of performance pairs turbo and electric boost for more than 400 hp in every model. Torrential torque is precisely metered to all four air-suspended wheels for all-year, all-road confidence. Rear-axle steering helps ease parking and city maneuvers especially in the old Dubai areas. At speed, the rear wheels turn with the fronts for swifter lane changes. The standard 4MATIC® all-wheel drive sends torque to the tires that can best turn traction into action depending on the road condition for a smooth and stable ride.

VERDICT

The S500 looks like a work of art that is powerful, sophisticated, luxurious and offers a smooth and quiet ride, with the latest driver-assistance systems and technology. It is perfect for executives and my guests from abroad, one a Tourism Minister of a European country and a Expo Dubai country Ambassador gave the car a big thumbs up…hence apt for VIPs commuting as well.

Also standard are a smorgasbord of safety features, including automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, active lane control, active blind-spot monitors, automatic parking, and a semi-autonomous highway driving system.

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