The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class receives stellar rating from British magazine Autocar. Exceptional in many ways and never less than good in others is the verdict.
The model tested is the S600 twelve-cylinder engined version, a £165,700 bargain, of sorts, according to the Britons. Opulent paint colours and the so-called First Class Cabin are the only cost options available, the later replacing the three-seat rear bench with two individual seats, which can recline to 43.5deg. Highlights include air-conditioned, heated and massaging seats, armrests that can be warmed, a system to pump scented, ionised air around the cabin and a 1540-watt Burmester 3D surround sound system with 24 speakers.
Specifically designed to be chauffeur-driven, Mercedes-Maybach S-Class benefits from an increase of 200 mm for both its overall length (5.453 mm) and wheelbase (3.365 mm) by comparison with the long wheelbase S-Class. It hides its bulk effectively, though. Body roll is well controlled and the ride and refinement are superb, Autocar reports.
The twin-turbocharged 6.0-litre V12 makes for swift and silky smooth progress, while the seven-speed automatic gearbox’s shifts are barely perceptible. Wafting is the only sensible option, and the new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class does this very well indeed.
Exceptional praise goes to cabin style and rear seat space and comfort, all exceptional, as are the material fit and finish and sheer luxury.
Overall, Autocar considers Maybach can unquestionably stand proud again. The new Mercedes-Maybach S-Class is a very capable car with an exeptional rear seat experience that is being sold at a well judged price.
Price £165,700; Engine V12, 5980cc, petrol; Power 523bhp at 4900rpm; Torque 612lb ft at 1900rpm; Gearbox 7-spd automatic; Kerb weight 2335kg; Top speed 155mph; 0-62mph 5.0sec; Economy 24.1mpg