Mercedes’s new S-Class delivers executive tech; the Porsche Macan goes turbo
The Mercedes S350 BlueTEC may not have the svelte lines of a supercar, but if you want to live it up on the motorway there are few cars that can provide this level of luxe, speed, tech and fuel efficiency…
Back in the day, the battle to be the best car in the world was a ridiculous race to guzzle the most gas; a competition of deep-pile carpets and leather interiors. In other words, all a bit irrelevant to motoring in 2014. The new Mercedes S350 BlueTEC, however, manages to meld the benefits of cutting-edge tech and efficiency with old-school opulence.
The result is one massive motorway cruiser, with a 5.2-metre wheelbase and a kerb weight of just under two tonnes. There’s only 192kW dragging that load along the road, so you’d be forgiven for expecting the S-Class to be a little, well, sluggish. Not so. It will hit 100km/h in around 6.5 seconds and manages 60 miles per gallon when cruising.
Obviously this is no sportscar, but if you’re looking for a refined drive that still manages to remain dynamic and direct, natural and linear, there’s little better. Where other motorway barges feel remote and synthetic, the S-Class is genuinely fun to drive.
Of course, its giant proportions allow for some pretty outrageous luxury on the inside. There’s almost unprecedented amounts of leg room and a massage function on all four of the private jet-style seats, plus a thumping