2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class


$58,508 - $125,820

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Interior Review

Note: This interior review was created when the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class was new.


Interior: 9.3

With its elegant styling, rich materials, and outstanding noise insulation, reviewers say the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class offers near-perfect luxury. Its large number of seating options provide optimum comfort and adjustability for all occupants. With advanced safety features like pedestrian detection and pre-collision braking, the S-Class can react to problems when the driver can’t. The infotainment system is easy to use, though it may take some time to learn all the features. The S-Class' trunk size is on par with the class.

  • "Beyond aesthetics, few cars can approach the new S-Class' comfort and infotainment features." -- Edmunds
  • "True luxury means delivering features unheard of in other cars, and the Mercedes-Benz S-Class for 2016 delivers such luxury in spades. From its hot-stone massage setting on the multi-contour massaging seats to the glove-box-mounted fragrance atomizer; it's like sitting in a rolling day spa." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "You never lose sight of the fact that this car is made to be a limousine, meant to shuttle dignitaries, executives and just plain rich folk over longer distances. Even on the car's sportiest setting, it's still whisper-quiet, effortlessly quick and extremely coddling." -- Cars.com
  • "Supple leather, exquisite wood garnishments and genuine metal trim covers every inch of the S-Class' interior, creating an air of old-world opulence. Fire it up and bring the electronics to life, however, and it immediately becomes clear that the big sedan has all four wheels firmly planted in the 21st century." -- Left Lane News


The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan seats five. With the optional Executive Rear Seat Package, the middle rear seat is replaced with a console, reducing seating capacity to four. The S-Class coupe seats four. Standard features include leather upholstery, 16-way power-adjustable front seats, heated front seats, and a power rear sunshade. Options include massaging and ventilated front seats; a heated steering wheel; power-adjustable rear seats that are heated, ventilated, and massaging; heated front and rear armrests; a rear-seat cooled bin; a power right-rear footrest; rear tray tables; and power rear-door sunshades.

With a long list of standard and available options, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class’ seats are some of the roomiest, most comfortable, and adjustable available. The front seats can be adjusted in a number ways to make them fit the driver’s and passenger’s needs. The back seats are where the S-Class really shines. These seats sport an impressive array of creature comforts, including an available folding table and refrigerated storage bin. The coupe model has spacious back seats as well, which is unusual for a two-door vehicle. The S-Class is also incredibly quiet inside.

  • "The big Mercedes feels solid and hunkered down, a fact that helps MB's engineers isolate almost all wind and road noise from the spacious cabin." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "The standard seats are lovely, but we recommend the Premium package's multicontour seats with their additional adjustments, ventilation and six massage settings." -- Edmunds
  • "The array of passenger comfort options is staggering. The massaging heated and cooled seats have dynamic support that changes the seat shape as you go around corners. Special settings on the climate control system waft breezes to cool down the car instead of blowing air directly on you, like some kind of cheap, plebian air-conditioning system." -- Cars.com
  • "I had a 6-foot-6 man sit in the rear seat and, while it wasn't as spacious as sitting up front, he was perfectly comfortable." -- Motor Trend (2015, coupe)
  • "Before even taking the time to consider the driver's position, it's worth noting that the rear seats in the new S-Class may be the very definition of 'the lap of luxury.' With options including folding tables, four-place seating and a refrigeration box, the rear cabin of the S-Class can be tailored to the exact level of 'flaunt' that each customer requires." -- MSN Autos (2014)

Interior Features

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 sedan comes equipped with a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, which includes navigation, two 12.3-inch displays, a touchpad controller that lets you write out addresses and phone numbers with your finger, a 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, and satellite radio.

Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, night vision, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, a 24-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and a Splitview front-seat entertainment system, which enables the driver and front passenger to see two different things when looking at the same center-stack screen.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is loaded with advanced technology features, many of which aren't available in rivals. Its infotainment system has two large, crisp screens for displaying information and is generally easy to use, though it may take some time to familiarize yourself with its numerous features.

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  • "All of the S-Class' many infotainment functions are controlled by the latest iteration of Mercedes' COMAND system, which remains one of the most user-friendly around (even if its immense number of functions makes it potentially overwhelming to use at first)." -- Edmunds
  • "Technology is also on wide display, from twin 12.3-inch high-resolution color screens that relay driving information and infotainment to copious LED lighting." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "This is the area where the Maybach soundly beats all comers, as neither the Rolls nor the Bentley can match the sheer level of electronic wizardry present in the Maybach. Mercedes calls the S-Class one of the most advanced cars on the planet, and it's right." -- Cars.com
  • "Like the sedan, the coupe has every manner of modern technology built in or ready for order. This is a car that can massage you while perfuming the air you breathe; that can drive itself for short bursts and brake for you when your attention falters." -- Car and Driver (2015)


The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 has 18.7 cubic feet of trunk space, which is in line with other sedans in the class. A power-closing trunk lid comes standard. Available in the S-Class is a hands-free trunk feature that can open and close the trunk by waving your foot under the rear bumper.

  • It's possible to pack for a long weekend for two, but fitting a large suitcase in the trunk (or even a few golf clubs) will be a challenge." -- Cars.com
  • "The trunk, as you might expect from a 17-foot-long sedan, is sufficiently large at 16.3 cubic feet." -- Edmunds (2015)

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