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2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review
Near perfect engineering.
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The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was redesigned and now has improved performance from its V-8 engine as well as a slew of new technological features. The biggest announcement was the inclusion of the COMAND system, an electronic control system. Overall, it's fresh, new, and breathes life into the line with new technology that's state of the art and performance that's the best in its class.
Engines: 4.3-liter V-8, 5.0-liter V-8
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Mercedes-Benz S430, Mercedes-Benz S500
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is all new, showing signs of future excellence with its COMAND system and enhanced performance.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a little bit smaller this year by three inches, measuring 203 inches in total. The vehicle is also 500 pounds lighter, which obviously increases performance quality. It obtains a coupe-like profile and has larger headlamps that give it an aggressive look. The grille also has a more laid-back design to improve airflow over it, which decreases the drag to .27, the lowest of any vehicle on the market at the time.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class provides standard features, such as power heated mirrors, a limited slip differential, power antennae, power moonroof, rear window defroster, 16-inch alloy wheels, stability and traction control, remote trunk release, and more. Optional features include metallic paint, special factory paint, front and rear parking sensors, power rear sunshade, headlight cleaners, and xenon high-intensity discharge headlamps.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, while smaller on the outside, is still large on the inside. In fact, the rear has a little more legroom, and the driver seat and front passenger seat have 14-way adjustments as well as headrests with pillows. The rear seat is a standard three-person bench with an optional split with power adjustments.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has an interior that also boasts the COMAND system that controls satellite navigation, cruise control, performance adjustments, voice control, steering wheel controls, and more. Unfortunately, the COMAND system can be a little bit difficult to use. Standard features include bucket seats, center console, universal garage door opener, heated front seats, keyless entry system, lighted entry system, power moonroof, tinted glass, tachometer, trip computer, leather steering, power front passenger seat and driver seat, cruise control, power steering, leather shift knob, leather steering wheel trim, air-conditioning, power windows, power locks, auto-dim rearview mirror, and navigation system. Optional features include a compact disc changer, heated rear seats, ventilated front seats, front and rear air-conditioning, power rear seats, adaptive cruise control, and a cellular phone.
Performance & Handling
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes equipped with one of two V-8 engine models. The S430 comes equipped with a 4.3-liter, V-8 engine that produces 275 horsepower, whereas the S500 comes with a five-liter, V-8 engine that produces 302 horsepower. Both engines come paired with a five-speed automatic with clutch-less manual controls.
Driving the 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a dream. Traction and stability control keep the car on the road and the driver safe. Both models include an independent four-link front and rear suspension system that allows it to stay control, even over bumpy roads. Power from the engines is smooth, and shifting with the manual controls on the automatic gearbox is a breeze.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes with only one complaint: the COMAND system and controlling navigation. Although it's meant to be innovative, it's rather cumbersome instead. However, the smart cruise radar system that detects obstacles in the road and adjusts the speed accordingly, is a superior feature.
The 2000 Mercedes-Benz S-Class comes equipped with four-wheel anti-lock brakes, an anti-theft alarm system, driver and passenger front airbags, fog lights, front and rear head airbags, front and rear side airbags, stability control, and traction control. It was not tested by the NHTSA or the IIHS for crash safety.
EPA Fuel Economy
Mercedes-Benz S500: 15/21 mpg city/highway
- Great styling
- Lots of power
- Lots of advanced features
You Won't Like
- COMAND system hard to use
Near perfect engineering.
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