Mercedes-Benz has always promised quality and luxury and this S550 makes good on that promise. From a styling perspective, the exterior looks totally modern but because it is such a thoughtful evolution there is never a question of whether it's a Mercedes, even from a distance. The interior is just as well done. Unlike our 7-series' cabin which uses mostly black and cream tones making it feel slightly cold, the S550's is covered in rich brown tones giving it a warm, old-school gentleman's lounge ambience. Lovely. The central console is a little too busy, though. The large keypad mounted behind the COMAND controller makes for an uncomfortable armrest while accessing the COMAND system. It also visually blocks the quick-access buttons positioned on the passenger side of the controller.
Jennifer Misaros, Production Editor