This is the coolest part of the S580. As we said, the interior space in a Mercedes is more important than the exterior look, and tech is probably the biggest factor in today’s world. The new MBUX screen measures 12.8 inches and uses OLED technology, which is brighter and more colorful than plain old LEDs.
The screen, which comes up from the armrest, features all of the controls including climate, media, and navigation. It all works super fast and it was easy to figure out the main functions (including the ambient lighting). It does require a harder press than you might expect, but we were able to get used to it in a couple of days. Mercedes allows individuals to set up and store their favorite profile, which is very convenient if you aren’t the only driver as it’s easy to instantly call up your preferred seating position, radio settings, and more.
Being an S-Class, all the expected connectivity features are in place, including wireless Apple CarPlay, wireless Android Auto, Bluetooth, and multiple USB-C ports. Listening options include both HD Radio and SiriusXM with a six-month trial subscription. Mercedes also throws in its navigation system with augmented video, along with three years of live traffic information.
The standard Burmester 3D surround sound system includes Frontbass subwoofers and a total of 15 speakers. Sound reproduction is predictably excellent but if it’s not enough, there is an available Burmester high-end 4D surround sound system with 30 speakers and seat-integrated resonators. On the S580, a rear-seat entertainment system, rear wireless headsets, and a rear-cabin MBUX tablet are further options.