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The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is designed to be a luxury car—and it lives up to its calling.
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only the very tall will find headroom lacking

massive backseat

storage spots are numerous
Kelley Blue Book

Editors at TheCarConnection.com drive a lot of vehicles—and the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the best when it comes to comfort and quality.

ConsumerGuide says that, overall, the 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class "affords outstanding room and comfort." The front seats are spacious in a "large, soft, leather easy-chair type of way," according to Cars.com, and an optional set of "Drive-Dynamic" seats have amenities such as "fan ventilation, automatic-inflating side bolsters, and a relaxing massage function."

In back, the S-Class caters to two. ConsumerGuide remarks that, even with intrusion from the sunroof casing, "only the very tall will find headroom lacking." Edmunds likes the room in the backseat of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz and believes this is what makes it a "favorite of wealthy dads and heads of state alike." Cars.com actually goes so far as to call it a "massive backseat" that "offers tons of legroom and a backrest that's angled backward for optimal comfort" and sports "power-adjustable rear seats," though they note the rear bench is designed for two people, not three. Car and Driver reports, "All models are big, posh, and capable."

Kelley Blue Book points out that, inside, "storage spots are numerous" and calls the trunk a "trip-friendly luggage swallower." Even though you wouldn't guess it from the look of the rear end of the S-Class, the trunk is large, and ConsumerGuide says it is "usefully shaped, nicely finished, and includes an underfloor storage bin."

The interior of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is designed with the driver and passengers in mind, with ease of use for controls and top-quality materials. Cars.com notes that luxury still applies to the design of the interior controls, pointing out the "leather instrument panel cover and classy chrome power window buttons," as well as the "beautiful burl walnut wood" that "graces the dash, doors and center console." For 2009, a wood and leather steering wheel is included on the S550.

The aural quality of the S-Class is just as one would expect, and ConsumerGuide says, "travel is serene, with little road or wind noise."


The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is designed to be a luxury car—and it lives up to its calling.

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