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Rankings & Research

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class ranked #1 in Super Luxury Cars. Currently the Mercedes-Benz S-Class has a score of 8.9 out of 10 which is based on our evaluation of 38 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

8.9

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.5
Performance: 9.1
Interior: 9.2
Safety: N/A
Reliability: TBD

2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of our highest-rated super luxury cars and one of the finest cars on the market. It's powerful, smooth, and supremely luxurious.

Pros & Cons

  • World-class interior
  • Unbelievably comfortable seats and ride
  • Extravagant features list
  • Powerful engines
  • Small trunk in coupe and convertible models

Is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class a Good Car?

Yes, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class is an outstanding car. Available in coupe, sedan, and convertible body styles, it offers powerful engines and delivers a smooth, comfortable ride. The interior quality is off the charts, the seats are sublime, and good luck finding a car with a longer features list. You have to nitpick to find something wrong with this vehicle.

Should I Buy the Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The downside of the S-Class is that it's expensive. That said, most super luxury cars are, and this vehicle has so much to like that you could reasonably argue that its sky-high price is justified. You may still want to see how the S-Class stacks up against competitors like the BMW 7 Series and Audi A8, but this Mercedes makes a fine choice.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2019 S-Class belongs to a generation that began with the 2014 model year. There haven’t been many major changes since this generation debuted. For 2018, the S-Class got a mild refresh that added a new base trim (the S 450) with a 362-horsepower V6 engine. There were also several enhanced driver assistance features, including lane keep assist, a head-up display, forward collision warning, and several more. For 2017, Mercedes introduced the S-Class cabriolet (convertible) and added a nine-speed automatic transmission to certain trims. The S-Class coupe debuted for the 2015 model year.

You can potentially save thousands of dollars on an S-Class by purchasing a used model instead of a new one, though be aware that older models may not have as many features. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class and 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 38 Reviews Analyzed

We don’t base our vehicle reviews on our personal opinions. Instead, we combine the findings of professional test drivers with data such as reliability ratings and safety scores to give you a complete overview of every vehicle we rank.

This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current S-Class generation, which runs from 2014 to 2019.

Why You Can Trust Us

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How Much Does the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cost?

The S-Class is expensive, even by super luxury car standards. Its base price of around $91,000 is more than almost every competitor. Still, that's downright cheap compared to some of the higher trims the S-Class offers. The most expensive model in the lineup is the AMG S 65 cabriolet, which starts a few lattes north of a quarter-million dollars.

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Mercedes-Benz S-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz S-Class or BMW 7 Series?

The BMW 7 Series has a powertrain to match each S-Class offering, though unlike the Mercedes, the BMW also offers a plug-in hybrid. The BMW doesn't come in convertible or coupe body styles, though – for those, you'll need to look to the newly reintroduced BMW 8 Series. Both cars ride smoothly and handle well for their size. As far as interior quality, the 7 Series is excellent, but it's also just a bit behind the S-Class when it comes to cabin opulence and tech offerings. The Mercedes is a slightly better car overall, but it's also more expensive than the BMW. Whether it's worth the extra money is up to you.

Which Is Better: Mercedes-Benz S-Class or Audi A8?

The Audi A8 looks great inside and certainly feels like a luxury car should. It has two rows of spacious seats, but it doesn't have as many tech features or as much trunk space as the S-Class. On the road, both cars deliver a supple ride, but the A8 doesn't offer the high-performance powertrains or extra body styles the S-Class does, nor does it handle as well. These are both excellent cars, but as with the BMW, the main reason to choose the Audi is its lower price tag.

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S-Class Interior

How Many People Does the S-Class Seat?

The S-Class seats five in sedan models and four in cabriolet (convertible) and coupe models. The S-Class has some of the best seats in the automotive industry, no matter where you’re sitting or which body style you’re in. Both rows of seats are supportive, supremely comfortable, and spacious, though two-door models are a bit less accommodating in the rear. The numerous comfort upgrades only make things better.

S-Class and Car Seats

There are two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. From a usability standpoint, the system presents no issues, and the rear seats have enough space for any type of car seat.

S-Class Interior Quality

Good luck finding a vehicle that's more luxurious than this one, at least outside of land yachts from Bentley and Rolls-Royce. The S-Class has arguably the nicest interior in the super luxury car class or of any car in any class. The cabin is spacious and quiet, and every surface is dripping with luxury.

S-Class Cargo Space

Cargo space in the S-Class varies considerably depending on which body style and trim you select. At the top of the spectrum is the base sedan, which provides more than 18 cubic feet of space. That's a good total for the class, and it's enough room for the family's vacation luggage or four sets of golf clubs. On the low end, you have some of the cabriolet models, which provide less than 10 cubic feet of room when the top is down.

S-Class Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging, and the COMAND infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and navigation.

Available features include a refrigerator box for the rear cabin, rear-cabin wireless charging, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 26-speaker Burmester audio system, and a rear-seat entertainment system.

The COMAND infotainment system has a large, easily visible screen. It’s not a touch screen, however, and it may take you a while to get the hang of operating the infotainment system with the touchpad controller.

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S-Class Performance

S-Class Engine: Enough Power in Any Engine

There are four powertrains available for the S-Class. A 362-horsepwer twin-turbocharged V6 powers the base trim. The most powerful engine comes in the AMG S 65, which features a 621-horsepower V12. All four engines move this car well and provide quick acceleration, but the two high-performance AMG models move with the kind of enthusiasm rarely seen outside of sports cars.

S-Class Gas Mileage: Decent for the Class

The S-Class gets typical fuel economy for the class, earning EPA ratings of 19 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway with its base engine. The V8 models aren't quite as efficient, and the V12's ratings are pretty bad.

The Audi A8 gets roughly the same mpg numbers as the S-Class, but the BMW 7 Series is about 2 mpg more efficient.

S-Class Ride and Handling: Supremely Comfortable

This car is designed to deliver the most comfortable ride possible, and it does. It's smooth and composed, making it a great choice for drives of any length. However, while it handles well for its size – particularly the more agile AMG models – this is no sports car.

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S-Class Reliability

Is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reliable?

The 2019 S-Class does not yet have a predicted reliability rating from J.D. Power.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Warranty

Mercedes-Benz covers the S-Class with a four-year/50,000-mile warranty.

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S-Class Safety

S-Class Crash Test Results

Like most super luxury vehicles, the 2019 S-Class has not been put through crash tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

S-Class Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features include driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, crosswind assist, and Mercedes’ Pre-Safe, which automatically tightens seat belts and rolls up windows if it detects an imminent collision. Car-to-X Communication comes standard as well. This feature lets all cars equipped with this technology communicate with a central hub about traffic disruptions, thus notifying drivers of potential dangers ahead.

Available features include a head-up display, active lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, active and evasive steering assist, route-based speed adaptation, traffic sign recognition, automatic speed takeover, active blind spot monitoring and lane change assist, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, rear cross traffic alert, night vision assist, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular park assist, Pre-Safe Rear, Pre-Safe Sound, and Pre-Safe Plus.

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Which Mercedes-Benz S-Class Model Is Right for Me?

There are four S-Class trims to choose from, two of which are performance-oriented. The S-Class comes in three body styles (sedan, coupe, and cabriolet), but not every trim is offered in each body style. Most trims also have their own powertrain, so stepping up in trim level generally means you’ll also get a more powerful engine.

Every S-Class model is a fine choice, and even the base S 450 comes with more features than most cars even offer. The higher trims include a few more standard features, but most of them are available in the S 450, so there's not a lot of reason to get one of the higher trims unless you want the more powerful engine. This is especially true of the Mercedes-AMG trims, which are performance-oriented and cost considerably more.

Mercedes-Benz S 450

The S 450 sedan carries a base price of $91,250. It comes with a 362-horsepower twin-turbo V6 engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission, and rear-wheel drive. You can add Mercedes' 4Matic all-wheel drive for $3,000.

Standard features include a panoramic sunroof, leather upholstery, power-adjustable and heated front seats, wireless device charging, driver drowsiness monitoring, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, Mercedes’ Pre-Safe, and the COMAND infotainment system with a 12.3-inch screen, a 13-speaker Burmester audio system, satellite radio, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, and navigation.

There are several available features and option packages that range in price from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. These include things like massaging front and rear seats, heated rear seats, a refrigerator box for the rear cabin, a Wi-Fi hot spot, a 26-speaker Burmester 3D audio system, a rear-seat entertainment system, and a litany of active safety features.

Mercedes-Benz S 560

The S 560 sedan starts at $101,350. It comes with a 463-horsepower twin-turbo V8 engine. Beyond that, the S 560 comes with the same standard and available features as the base trim. You can add all-wheel drive for $3,000.

The S 560 coupe starts at $125,950, while the S 560 cabriolet starts at $134,300. These models have basically the same standard features as the sedan. However, the coupe comes standard with all-wheel drive, and the cabriolet comes standard with ventilated front seats and Mercedes' Airscarf neck-warming system.

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 63

The AMG S 63 sedan carries a starting price of $149,550. Coupe models start at $169,450, and cabriolet models start at $180,100. The AMG S 63 comes with a 603-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and all-wheel drive. It also has performance features like an adaptive sport suspension and high-performance composite brakes, and sedan models have cornering assist and a cylinder management system that deactivates cylinders you aren’t using. As for comfort, convenience, and tech features, the AMG S 63’s offerings match those of the other trims.

Mercedes-Benz AMG S 65

The AMG S 65 starts at $229,500 for the sedan and $238,900 for the coupe. Cabriolet models start at $250,900. A 621-horsepower twin-turbo V12 engine powers this bad boy. The AMG S 65 comes standard with almost every feature you can get in an S-Class, including massaging front and rear seats, heated armrests, a heated steering wheel, a rear-seat entertainment system, night vision assist, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular park assist, and much more.

Mercedes-Maybach S-Class

There are two Mercedes-Maybach trims, and they are the pinnacle of luxury. The Maybach S 560 sedan starts at $170,750. It comes with a 463-horsepower twin-turbo V8 and 4Matic all-wheel drive. Features-wise, it's similar to the AMG S 65, but the Maybach is bigger than – and not quite as athletic as – its Mercedes-AMG counterpart. The Maybach can best be thought of as a personal limousine, as its rear seats are palatial and seemingly fit for a king.

The Maybach S 650 carries a starting price of $198,700. It comes with the 621-horsepower V12 but is otherwise similar to the Maybach S 560.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Mercedes-Benz deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class delivers on every front. It performs well, offers gobs of technology, and is one of the most finely crafted luxury cars out there. It's comfortable and quiet, and you'll be hard-pressed to find another car that is clearly superior to this Mercedes. That's why it finishes near the top of our super luxury car rankings, and that's why it's a terrific choice.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "It isn't easy staying atop your game year after year, yet that's exactly what the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class continues to do. As the company's flagship sedan (there's also a coupe and cabriolet version), the S-Class continues to push the boundaries of what a luxury sedan can be, all while maintaining its commitment to safety, comfort and performance." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "Sure, the new S-Class engines offer more performance and greater efficiency, but luxury wars will no longer be won on those grounds alone. Rather, the battle for supremacy will [be] claimed from a matrix of luxury features, cabin comfort, performance – and yes, computer-aided driving. Based on those factors alone, the 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is more than ready for the future." -- Autoblog (2018)
  • "Few brands are as renowned for excellence and luxury as Mercedes-Benz, and the refreshed 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is nothing short of the pinnacle of its well-deserved reputation." -- Autotrader (2018)
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