2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Digital Dashboard: Mixed Emotions
We’re very grateful for the massive navigation display and its Google maps skills. This makes you feel like a modern day Columbus. A good thing when you’re trying to come up with the most thorough review the 2014 S-Class has seen.
Alas, this Merc can’t drive itself just yet. This means that you have to sit behind the wheel and use the second huge screen inside this car. We’re talking about the one that displays things like the speedometer and the rev counter.
Mercedes may not want the car to be fully automated at the moment, but the vehicle itself doesn’t seem to want a human driving it. This is the conclusion we’ve come to after having to use the void-like, all-digital dash. It’s so boring that, except for glances at the digital speedo, we haven’t been looking at the “instruments” at all.
People always talk about Lexus copying Mercedes in the 90’s, but perhaps the Germans should throw a look at some of the things the Japanese are doing nowadays. The Lexus GS brought such a massive navigation screen a few years ago. But the real treat is the 2014 Lexus IS, which also comes with a digital dashboard, but its LFA-inspired instrument arrangement always keeps you connected.
As for the rest of the Mercedes flagship’s interior, we’ll get to this tomorrow, when we publish our 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class test drive.