ABS and front side air bags standard. ESC, rear side and head protection air bags standard from 2000.
Redesigned for 2000, the current S-Class line consists of four models. The S430, the S500, and the higher-performance S55 AMG all use strong, smooth V8s, while the S600 is powered by a 6.0-liter V-12. The S-Class is a large car, quiet, roomy, and very comfortable. Despite its bulk and weight, it handles with surprising agility. The ride is excellent. The heated and vented seats are very comfortable, and the rear is roomy. Expect the leading edge in safety and convenience equipment. The CL-Classwhich includes CL500 and CL600 as well as the CL55 AMGis basically the coupe version of the S-Class with unique styling.