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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
The Top Gear car review:Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe
On the inside
Layout, finish and space
We immediately stepped from the S into a GLC, and while the quality of the leather, switchgear and layout naturally catch your eye, what really highlights the difference in interior quality between the S Coupe and a ‘normal’ Merc is the clickwheel. While both use one to control their infotainment systems, the one in the S-Class feels heavier, more satisfying to use and operate. BMW’s iDrive feels exactly the same in a 1 Series as it does in a 7 Series, so we commend Merc for going the extra mile. Because these little things matter when you’re spending north of £100k.
The dashboard is gorgeous and the technology it houses first-rate. The front-seats (which, like those in the convertible, have a vent in the headrests that blows hot air at the back of your neck) are among the most comfortable fitted to any car, and though access can be a bit of a pain, you can sit a couple of adults in the back without soliciting too many complaints. Ambient lighting gives a choice of 64 colours, the optional high-end Burmester stereo is needlessly capable and the twin 12.3in displays are easy to muddle your way around and configure to your liking. This interior responds especially well to bright leathers, so we’d urge you to stay clear of black and go for something else – anything to bring out the stitching/quilting.
The boot isn’t massive, but there’s more space back there than you get in either the Bentley or Aston.