It’s not nice to mention the fact that Mercedes-Benz killed off Maybach in the very first phrase of this test drive. Then again, resurrecting a brand only to put it back to sleep after a decade of questionable management wasn’t exactly a smooth move either. Regardless of this, when Mercedes sent the ex-Zeppelin producer away in late 2012, we all wanted to see the useful genes live on in the new S-Class.
Now that the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is out, the car comes to promise us... well, the entire world. What’s more, the automaker has started quoting certain people about the S-Class being “the best car in the world”, so our expectations for the fresh generation reached a sky-high level.
It’s only natural to expect wonders when presented with a new Mercedes S-Class - just think about the sales. The annual figures of its competitors have always been some sort of stand up comedy show for the German.
This was possible thanks to both the hyper-engineering of the vehicle, as well as to its name. Mercedes’ S-Class is one of those vehicles that’s building its icon status as it’s evolving. They’ve assigned the 19th letter of the alphabet to the model in the early 70s, but its history actually dates back to the 1954 W180 Ponton model.
Returning to the 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, this also wants to place itself at the lead of what’s probably the sharpest tool in the automotive shed right nowadays. Yes, autonomous driving, this is the new S-Class’ fetish. We wanted to see how close this Mercedes came to rendering our job useless and thus we went to test drive one.
America only gets the V220 long wheelbase model, so this was our choice, despite driving the European version. We tested the 2014 Mercedes S500 Long. However, feel free to see this as a 2014 Mercedes S550 if you like, since the two are basically the same car.