Six things you need to know about the new Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Have an E-Class? Your car can do this
Most of it, anyway, and only if you’ve specified the right packages and options. Because the existing S-Class has been around for a few years now, its systems aren’t as advanced as those fitted to the new E-Class. And that simply won’t do. The S-Class is supposed to be the technological pinnacle of Merc’s range – the car you look at to see what your C-Class will have in five or ten years’ time. The E uses what Mercedes refers to internally as “generation four” of its assistance suite, while the old S uses “generation three”. The new S is not such a step change – Mercedes call this “generation four point five”, meaning rather than a mass of new hard- and software, it has finessed versions of systems fitted to the E-Class plus one or two extras besides. We went to Germany to try some of them out.