There are many standard luxury features on the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, as well as a variety of optional features. The “long list of comfort and convenience features assures bragging rights among even the most jaded enthusiast,” ForbesAutos says.
All S-Class sedans come with features such as “a navigation system, hands-free cell phone communication, a Harman Kardon audio system and of course, rich leather and wood trim,” Edmunds reports. That "fine-sounding 14-speaker, 600-watt harmon/kardon(r) surround-sound system,” Kelley Blue Book states, “plays CDs, DVDs and MP3s.”
Also standard in the S-Class is the Mercedes COMAND system, which uses a knob controller and an in-dash screen to control secondary functions, much like similar systems from BMW’s iDrive and Audi’s MMI. Kelley Blue Book contends that it takes a only a modest amount of study time to learn to operate the "COMAND system, through a turn-and-push, aluminum knob on the center console," which then allows the driver to utilize the one control for navigation, radio, phone, and other settings. Most other reviews grouse about using COMAND and the confusion that ensues; Cars.com says COMAND is “one of the more user-friendly versions” of these systems, but all the “high-tech features can be confusing,” ForbesAutos reports, and “some may still complain that it's not as user-friendly as it could be.” Car and Driver asks rhetorically, “How many electronic gizmos are too many?”
Different trim levels offer specific equipment levels above the standard lavishness. As Edmunds points out, the "AMG versions add 20-inch alloy wheels, an active suspension, larger brakes, sport seats and specific interior and exterior styling tweaks."
Optional features on the V-8 S-Class include "ventilated and massaging front seats, heated and ventilated rear seat, and keyless access and starting," according to ConsumerGuide. Most options become standard on the 12-cylinder versions, Edmunds reports.