Given its hefty price tag, one expects a head turner, and the 2008 Mercedes Benz S-Class doesn't disappoint. Reviews read by TheCarConnection.com are filled with praise for the style of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, inside and out.
As Kelley Blue Book says, the Mercedes-Benz 2008 provides a "polished, sleek shape," with its sloping front end and its classic Mercedes grille. Cars.com also singles out the front end of the 2008 Mercedes-Benz for its sleek style, stating that its "strong visual presence is highlighted by a sleek front end." The front end of the Mercedes-Benz 2008 isn't its only exterior appeal; Edmunds praises the "aggressive wheelwell flares and a wedgelike profile that's emphasized with a rising character line," and Automobile likes the "chrome/bright trim around side windows and on side of body." Motor Trend feels the latest S-Class "continues to set the standard" for full-size luxury sedans, while Car and Driver likes its “handsome exterior design,” and ForbesAutos calls it “elegant.” Cars.com reports the optional AMG Sport Package “gives the S-Class some of the look, if not the performance, of a high-performance AMG version of the S-Class.”
The S-Class's interior is very spacious and well designed; it’s “ostentatious and comfortable,” according to ForbesAutos. The outside is just a prelude to a car that "defines luxury motoring," ConsumerGuide declares. The instrument panel has a simple but very elegant design, with a broad, sweeping horizontal theme and impressive-looking wood veneers. Kelley Blue Book agrees, saying "understated elegance is the theme on the inside" of the Mercedes-Benz 2008, while noting the "amber ambient lighting" that rings the front of the cabin. Cars.com contends the interior of the S-Class "offers a level of power, luxury, technology and prestige" worthy of its hefty price tag.
At the wheel, the first obvious departure from the norm is the shift control located along the steering column, which frees up the center console area compared to other vehicles. The latest version of Mercedes-Benz's COMAND screen-based interface replaces the clutter of smaller controls in the 2008 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, but it's not always as intuitive as it could be, as will be discussed more in the Features section of this review.