Photo gallery for New 2014 Mercedes-Benz S-Class - Clown Face
The all-new Mercedes-Benz S-Class was launched recently. While nobody seems to be arguing over the technical strengths of the car, it seems that some of the design features of the car are causing some divided opinions.
Here are some issues with the S-Class design:
1. Looks like a big A-Class
Okay, in general, there is nothing wrong with having some consistent design elements across a range. But this usually works best when the smaller cars mirror some traits of the larger car. The Audi A1, for example, inherits some of the distinctive design cues from the larger A4 or even A8.
In this case though, Mercedes has elected to give the S-Class some A-Class features, and while the A-Class is a good looking car, when scaled up, it starts to look awkward.
2. The previous S-Class was better looking
The usual trend in car design is to improve and modernise. This car looks like a step backwards. Overall the design of the outgoing car was sharper.
3. Clown Face
As bad as things are on the outside, it is the interior where things really start to get super ugly. While there are many parts of the design that are questionable at best, the one that is most offensive and in-your-face is the steering wheel design.
Somehow the S-Class steering wheel reminds me of a clown with a big ugly smile. It is made worse by the dials which are positioned perfectly to provide eyes for the ugly face!
And while this is bad enough, there is another problem with the steering wheel. It looks like it was lifted right out of a lowly Kia Picanto.
To be fair, many S-Class owners will never touch the steering wheel, as they will spend their time in the back.