Review of 2006 Mercedes-Benz S500
Can you order a price of $ 790 for it?
If I had enough money lying around to buy an average three-bedroom house in Brisbane, I thought I’d buy a new Mercedes-Benz S500 instead.
And then I’ll throw it further out with an extra $ 790 for the luxurious headrests for the front seats.
Like headrest in business class seats on jets, they are as soft as pillows and can be pushed into a cup shape to take care of your head.
They almost make driving too comfortable.
Be careful, you don’t want to sleep at the wheel.
And that is one of the biggest drawbacks with this car.
Comfortable, you can easily fall asleep.
My oldest daughter suggested we could sell a house and buy one. “I’m willing to sleep in there,” she said.
During the national premiere in Victoria in February, I actually fell asleep in the back seat while a motorcyclist journalist took him around Mt Bright.
Comfort is made possible by soft leather seats with heating and cooling vents, extremely quiet cabins, luxurious carpets, family interior décor and smooth air suspension.
The fact that the Airmatic suspension makes it sit upright in corners means you can stab the throttle and enjoy the speed of the lively V8, without bothering the dozey daughter or journalist driving in the seat. after.
A spirit of driving up Mt Mee for a Sunday lunch is served to whet my appetite, while a safer trip home with a full stomach is for everyone, including both of me, nodding to sleep.
I had to keep my guard up by playing with the Comand center, which operates many gadgets and jewelry in Benz’s flagship product line.
Comand “Mouse” is in the position to shift. The shift lever is now a stalk on the steering wheel.
My first encounter with this phenomenon was in ML. I didn’t like it, making the car neutral again and again because I mistook it for the indicators.
However, I had no trouble with the S-Class – although I had to think for a few seconds every time I turned it off. Not that it matters because it naturally enters the park and participates in parking brakes.
Above the Comand mouse is the comfortable palm rest that opens to reveal the mobile phone keyboard. Everything seems to be oriented in a way that is both comfortable and functional in the S-Class.
This big limo fits in my garage, it’s too long. That means there’s plenty of leg room for rear passengers and plenty of boot space.
And despite the large proportions, Benz has done a great job of styling: they make it look smaller than it really is. It is not CLS, but still quite charming.
But is a big and luxurious car interesting to drive?
Honestly, no. It just does everything very well, you’re almost divorced from the driving experience.
Apart from the straight-line acceleration forces, there is little involvement. And even then you got divorced from the noise of wind, engine and emissions of fast movement.
It lies flat in the corners, so there is no common sense of force G.
And the steering is very smooth, linear and well weighted, it’s almost devoid of character. It is simply points and variables.
I was thrilled to run hard through a wavy corner and hear the suspension parts struggling to keep up with rapid changes on the surface. However, there is no related sidestepping or shelving.
This teutonic techno-whiz has lots of standard features and expensive extras, need to list them all.
Just make sure you get a headrest.