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Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift buying guide

Mercedes-Benz S-Class facelift buying guide
Desirazu Venkat Desirazu Venkat Monday 26 February 2018, 15:07 PM

A facelifted version of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has been launched in India. There are two version the S350d and S450 and they have been priced at Rs 1.33 crores and Rs 137 crores respectively. The big update this time is that its inline-6 diesel engine is one of the first vehicles in India to become BS-VI compliant.

The good

As a mid-life update, there are cosmetic changes both on the inside and outside and these have just made the S-Class better looking than it already was. Soft lines now appear to be passé and so the new headlamp, tail lamps and bumper design add that little extra touch of sportiness which customers have begun to demand these days.

Then there is also the fact that the S-Class as a car is a pioneer when it comes to introducing new technologies that we can expect to see in our ‘lower priced’ cars within the next 10 years. I mean literally, it has got everything one would want in a luxury car including, and this is a big one, Radar-based systems! Branded under the ‘Active’ moniker, this list includes cruise control, steering assist, braking assist and blind spot assist.

The Bad

It’s hard to tell really. I mean the S-Class as a model is globally one of the standards for what one should expect from a luxury car. If something is considered as a standard then it is hard to imagine finding faults. But if I had to nitpick, I would say that it is too huge. We only get the LWB S-Class in India and so at 5.2-meters, it dwarfs practically anything that will stand beside it. To be honest, that’s really not a problem as most S-Class cars in India are chauffeur driven.

Top Variant

Well…this conundrum is more to do with whether one needs a diesel or a petrol model. For, both the S350d and S450 are very evenly matched in terms of features and design.

The facts


S-Class S350d Rs 1.33 crores

S-Class S450 Rs 1.37 crores


2996cc-Inline-6 Diesel, 286 bhp, 600Nm

2996cc, V6 Petrol, 367 bhp, 500Nm


While airbags have begun to gain prominence in India only since the past few years, the S-Class, in the W126 generation, introduced the driver’s side airbag as a standard fitment in 1985 and the passenger side airbag in 1989.


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