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STYLING | 8 out of 10
handsome exterior design
Car and Driver
ostentatious and comfortable
synonymous with state-of-the-art luxury
defines luxury motoring
continues to set the standard
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class costs a pretty penny, so experts at TheCarConnection.com expect it to be immaculately designed. Fortunately, the S-Class delivers.
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." As Kelley Blue Book says, the Mercedes-Benz 2009 provides a "polished, sleek shape," with its sloping front end and its classic Mercedes grille. Cars.com also singles out this last aspect of the 2009 Mercedes-Benz for its style, stating that its "strong visual presence is highlighted by a sleek front end." The front end of the Mercedes-Benz 2009 isn't its only exterior appeal; Edmunds praises the "aggressive wheelwell flares and a wedge-like profile that's emphasized with a rising character line," and 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."
Cars.com contends the interior of the S-Class "offers a level of power, luxury, technology and prestige" worthy of its hefty price tag. The S-Class's interior is very spacious and well designed; it's "ostentatious and comfortable," according to ForbesAutos. Kelley Blue Book agrees, saying "understated elegance is the theme on the inside" of the Mercedes-Benz 2009, while noting the "amber ambient lighting" that rings the front of the cabin. The outside is 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.
TheCarConnection.com’s editors note that the latest version of Mercedes-Benz's COMAND screen-based interface replaces the clutter of smaller controls in the 2009 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.
The 2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is almost perfectly styled inside and out.