If you want to know what electronic features you can expect
in your small crummy little hatchback 10 years from now, the only place to look
is the S500 by Mercedes-Benz. This is the car that sets the future of luxury
that will be mandatory and a necessity several years down the line.
The S500 is less of a car and more of gadgets. It’s an
electronic haven. The things you get in this as standard are beyond
comprehension. It will take you an entire lifetime to figure out this car’s
electronics and comfort features. Three years after owning the car, you would
probably still be figuring out some basic features from its endless list.
Therefore, the most important part of the car is the
interior. The inside of this car looks nothing from this planet. It looks more
of an alien spaceship with elegant curves and contours and the discreet mood
lightings which can only be from a sci-fi movie based 2000 years from today.
The wood on the dash, the chrome on the millions of controls and buttons and
the speakers that twist as they come out from the doors when you activate the
media, assure you that you are in the
year 4014. The giant digital display shows you everything that is going on in
the technologically backward world outside with its sensors and cameras.
This long and elegant spaceship comes with airbags all
around you, from top, below, side to side and the front so the passengers and
the driver are well protected. And then there is something called “Attention
Assist Plus” to make sure you never need them in the first place. The seats are
fluffy and comfortable as you would expect from it. So being in this car is
like being hugged by your grandmother, the safest and most comfortable place to
While you’re being all cozy in your grandmother’s arms, you
can enjoy the individual dual screens in the back seat to yourself or watch
whatever you feel like for example sat-nav, media entertainment, call someone
with voice command, or you could take
out the foldable tray and finish your work on your laptop, writing, or even finish
your meal as you are chilled by the individual air-con vents in the rear with
their individual climate controls and be lost in your thoughts. The
soundproofing isolates you from the world to nirvana as you control everything
as though seated in front. Sitting at the back seat you have control over all
functions virtually, except driving the
The driver does feel he is the captain of the starship
enterprise with all the controls just on his steering wheel. It is like moving
along on a cushion of air with the “Airmatic” suspension making it feel like
the flying spaceship to justify the looks and design.
The car is not meant to be driven in congested places. The sheer size of the car does make it hard
to maneuver and the electronics aren’t much help in the unpredictable Indian
environment especially in tight spaces.
But give the car an open road, and it races like the cheetah. The
throttle response is good. The moment you step on the accelerator, you will be
surprised by the power that is generated out of the 300 hp V8 engine. It simply
screams for more road as it advances like the wicked dust storm that Delhi so
often witnesses. It’s sheer delight. But when you ask the driver to ferry you
around, simply ask him to press the speed limit button on one of the levers on
the steering wheel. That way, the speed is limited to around 50kmph. You can
then sit at the back and simply relax!
4663cc V8 Petrol
7-speed 7G-TRONIC PLUS Automatic
338 bhp@ 5250-5500rpm
700 Nm@ 1800-3500rpm
Fuel Tank Capacity
245/45 R 19
Rs 1,39,50,000 (ex-showroom, Delhi)
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