High levels of in-car technology and infotainment are a must, and connectivity systems that will allow such machines to be used as mobile offices are increasingly important.
This list features cars that are both incredibly comfortable, and great to drive – the ones at the top of our rankings are capable of both.
When Mercedes-Benz sets out to make a new S-Class, the brief is to make the best car in the world. While it might not seduce like a Jaguar XJ, that’s not what it’s for.
This car does what it’s supposed to do superbly and is functionally exceptional. It was conceived as a long-wheelbase saloon, giving it unprecedented torsional rigidity, and the ride is helped by standard air suspension with adaptive dampers.
The self-proclaimed ‘best car in the world’ gets a touch more luxury, a heap of new technology and a mild hybrid electrical system, but is it enough to hold off the latest attempts from BMW and Audi?
There’s a choice of three petrol and one diesel engine, with standard cars sing a 9G-Tonic Plus nine-speed automatic ‘box.
The S-Class is engineered to happen quietly and comfortably, it could hardly ride better, and it steers directly and precisely.
The interior is spacious and supremely comfortable, and festooned with technology, including a 12.3in screen and Mercedes’ Comand Online system as standard.
As a comfortable ride, it challenges the likes of the Rolls-Royce Phantom and Bentley Mulsanne. Where the S-Class leads, the rest of the car-making world follows.