WATCH: This new Mercedes seat 'squeezes' you when you go around corners. It also has eight massage modes

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  • Mercedes’ new multicontour seats are one of the most high-tech seats from any automaker.
  • The seats have heated and cooled massages and they're almost infinitely adjustable.
  • We tested the active bolstering feature that automatically squeezes the driver through turns and hard corning to hold them in an upright position.
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Mercedes' newest AMG`model, the CLS 53 has one of the most advanced seats in the world.

While driving, the seats inflate when the wheel is turned so if you have to swerve or avoid an obstacle, it will hold you firmly in an upright position. They're packed with additional functionality like heating, cooling, and come with eight different massage modes. 

“The active seat bolstering, the dynamic seat bolstering, is kind of addictive. It sounds like it might be silly, but it's not. It's just the kind of thing to keep your attention focused on the act of driving,” said Matt DeBord, Business Insider transportation correspondent.

The seats hold you upright when whipping around corners and taking hard turns.

“So, any lateral g-force makes the dynamic seat bolstering do its thing. It's somewhere between a firm cuddle and a deliberate squeeze. I'm sort of wondering if the AMG engineers really sat in the car and worked out how much dynamic-bolstering squeezing to have in the process.”

The cabin features the kind of premium experience you would expect from a R1.5 million car – including seat-massage options. Half of the dashboard is a screen and the infotainment system looks gorgeous. But the menu system is overwhelming filled with submenus inside of submenus.

“This system really benefits an owner who wants to go deep into all the decision trees and options to set up their vehicle exactly the way they want. But in the end, it's a little difficult to use.”

“My recent experience with Mercedes has been exceptional, but this car takes it to a whole new level. It's loaded with luxury. It's crammed with technology.”

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