2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

The 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has brawny engine options and refined driving dynamics, as well as a lovely interior with a wide array of high-tech convenience and safety features. However, it ranks in the middle of the super luxury car class due to its steep ownership costs.

7.7

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.6
Performance: 9.2
Interior: 9.2
Total Cost of Ownership: 3.3
Safety: N/A
Reliability:
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Pros & Cons

  • Comfy and lavish interior
  • Extensive high-tech features
  • Supple ride
  • Muscular engines
  • Slight learning curve with infotainment system

New for 2017

  • Cabriolet body style joined S-Class coupe and sedan
  • Maybach S550 trim debuted
  • Nine-speed transmission became available

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview

Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class a Good Used Car?

The 2017 S-Class is a good option if you’re shopping for a used super luxury car. The S-Class provides a silky smooth ride even on rough pavement, spa-like seating comfort, lovely interior styling, and safety features that enable near-autonomous driving. It’s a bit of a muscle car too, courtesy of an engine lineup with V6, V8, and V12 options. All in all, there are many reasons to buy an S-Class, but there are also a few reasons not to. The S-Class’s ownership costs are projected to be among the highest in its segment, as are its asking prices on the used car market. Before you buy, consider top-rated – and often more affordable – rivals like the 2017 Lexus LS and BMW 7 Series.

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We’ve researched 28 Mercedes-Benz S-Class reviews, as well as hard data points like reliability scores and cost of ownership estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible.

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How Much Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

You can expect to pay between $67,800 and $179,000 for a used 2017 S-Class. These figures are based on 130 listings for the 2017 Mercedes S-Class on our site. The average price is $105,100. Prices vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cost to Own?

The S-Class’ five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $39,900 – or about $8,000 per year. That’s higher than average for a super luxury car.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New S-Class?

The 2018 Mercedes S-Class starts at $89,900 and can far exceed $200,000 with loaded AMG models. You can save tens of thousands of dollars by shopping for a used S-Class, especially if you want a lower trim level.

However, there are a few perks to buying new. The S-Class received updated exterior styling for 2018, as well as improvements to its active safety features and infotainment system. A wider variety of engine options also became available for 2018. If these update are important to you, opt for the 2018 model.

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For a new Mercedes with a lower price, consider the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The E-Class delivers a similar experience to the S-Class, but without the sticker shock. The E-Class starts at $52,950, and it mirrors the S-Class’ material quality and interior styling. Even the same techy dual-screen infotainment system found in the S-Class makes an appearance, but the E-Class’ version supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It offers comparable engine performance in the top trims, as well as better fuel economy in lower trims. You’ll find similar amenities like optional massaging seats and a cabin air fragrance system. The E-Class is available in sedan, coupe, convertible, and wagon body styles.

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Which Model Year of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Is Best?

The sixth-generation Mercedes S-Class debuted for the 2014 model year, and there have been regular updates since. A coupe body style arrived in 2015. A plug-in hybrid S550e and lengthier Maybach S600 model arrived in 2016. An S-Class cabriolet body style (a four-seat convertible) and an additional Maybach S550 trim debuted in 2017.

The takeaway here is that you may have to opt for newer models to find that certain trim or body style you want. Alternatively, all four of these model years offer roughly the same tech and safety features. That means you can save money with earlier models from this generation and not miss out on desirable features.

The 2018 S-Class is a bit different, though. Its updated infotainment and safety features, new powertrain options, and revised styling make it an even better – albeit pricier – pick in this generation.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The 2017 S-Class has an excellent predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are five recalls for the 2017 S-Class. Mercedes is recalling cars due to faulty rear door locks, misaligned headlights, issues with the seatbelts, and a fault that could disable the vehicle’s power steering. Before buying a used S-Class, make sure these recalls have been addressed.

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

The 2017 S-Class sedan is available in seven trim levels: S550, S550e, S600, AMG S63, AMG S65, Maybach S550, and Maybach S600. Notably, the S-Class coupe and cabriolet models come only in the S550, S63, and AMG S65 trims (a limited edition Maybach S650 cabriolet is also available).

Regardless of trim level, all models come standard with dual 12.3-inch infotainment screens, a navigation system, rearview camera, forward collision warning with brake assist, Bluetooth, USB ports, a satellite radio, keyless entry, push-button start, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a sunroof, rain-sensing wipers, and an air suspension.

Since all S-Class trims are so well-equipped, you should base your search on the engine performance and interior features you want. It might be worth hunting for a model with impressive amenities like massaging front and rear seats, an onboard refrigerator, and a self-parking system, just to name a few.

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Certified Pre-Owned Mercedes-Benz S-Class Warranty

You may want to consider buying a certified pre-owned vehicle for the added benefits it provides. Mercedes-Benz certified pre-owned vehicles come with the balance of the original four-year/50,000-mile new-car warranty, plus an additional one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. If the new-car warranty has expired, you’ll just receive the one-year/unlimited-mileage warranty. Every Mercedes-Benz CPO vehicle must pass a 164-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read the Mercedes-Benz warranty page carefully. This is one of the more comprehensive CPO programs among luxury automakers, according to our analysis.

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How Safe Is the S-Class?

Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has published crash test results for the 2017 S-Class.

The S-Class offers the largest suite of driver assistance features among super luxury cars. All models have a rearview camera, driver drowsiness monitor, forward collision warning with brake assist, and adaptive pivoting headlights. Available features include surround-view and night vision cameras, parallel park assist (with parking sensors), blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control with steering and full braking assist.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class or 2017 BMW 7 Series?

One of the chief criticisms of the 2017 BMW 7 Series is that it isn't quite as nice as the S-Class. There’s some merit to that claim – the S-Class offers excellent interior quality and a supremely smooth ride. However, most shoppers will find the 7 Series is plenty luxurious and often more affordable to buy and maintain. The 7 Series has comparable safety features and engine performance, higher fuel economy with its standard V6 (21/29 mpg), similar luxuries like massaging seats, and generous seating space in both rows. Its simpler iDrive infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay, giving it an edge on the multimedia front.

Which Is Better: 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class or 2017 Audi A8?

The 2017 Audi A8 shares many of the S-Class’ selling points. The A8 offers a smooth ride and composed handling, brawny engine options, a roomy cabin, plus many advanced safety features. The A8 is a good car and often far less expensive, but the S-Class stands out as the superior luxury vehicle. The Mercedes rates higher for predicted reliability, offers a more advanced infotainment system, and tops the Audi for interior quality.

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2017 S-Class Performance

How Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Drive?

The 2017 S-Class has five turbocharged engine options. These include a V6 hybrid with 436 horsepower (S550e), a V8 with 449 horsepower (S550 and Maybach S550), a V8 with 577 horsepower (AMG S63), a V12 with 523 horsepower (S600 and Maybach S600), and a V12 with 621 horsepower (AMG S65 and Maybach S650). A nine-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive are standard; a seven-speed automatic and all-wheel drive (4Matic) are available.

The numbers don’t lie. Each of these S-Class variants rocket up to speed with effortless thrust (all can reach 60 mph in five seconds or less), and each boasts tremendous passing power at higher speeds. The S550 and S550e models strike the best balance for most shoppers, though. Both deliver similar muscle car performance, but not at the cost of dismal fuel economy.

Despite its substantial heft, the S-Class remains agile and enjoyable to drive. Its nicely weighted steering and strong brakes deserve part of the praise. The rest goes to Mercedes’ adaptive air suspension (Airmatic), which comes standard in all models. The system constantly adjusts to keep the S-Class stable around turns while providing a soft and comfortable ride, no matter the road surface. Magic Body Control – an evolution of this system – is also available on certain trim levels, and it can scan the road for bumps and adjust to minimize their effect.

Does the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Get Good Gas Mileage?

The S-Class’ fuel economy ranges from good to bad, depending on trim level. The S550e plug-in hybrid is the most efficient of the bunch. It has an all-electric driving range of 12 miles and can hit 26 mpg (combined city/highway) when running in hybrid mode. The standard S550 also gets a decent 18 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. That said, the AMG S63 manages a lower rating of 15/23 mpg city/highway, and the S600 and S65 models return a poor 13/22 mpg city/highway.

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2017 S-Class Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 S-Class Seat?

The 2017 S-Class sedan seats five, while the S-Class coupe and cabriolet models seat four. The front seats are soft and supportive, offering excellent comfort on longer trips. The coupe and cabriolet’s rear seats are supple as well, and they’re roomy enough for average-sized adults to sit comfortably.

The sedan’s rear seats are cavernous by comparison, especially in the long-wheelbase Maybach models, which offer 40 inches of rear legroom. An optional Executive Rear Seat package lowers the sedan’s seating capacity to four, but you get two lounge-like rear seats with footrests, a center console, and folding tables. Leather upholstery and heated front seats are standard in all models. Heated, ventilated, and massaging front and rear seats are available.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The S-Class sedan, coupe, and cabriolet have two full sets of LATCH connectors for securing child car seats.

2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Features

Every S-Class comes filled to the brim with standard tech features. These include a Burmester sound system, satellite radio, Bluetooth, USB ports, a cabin air fragrance system, and satellite navigation.

At the center of it all are two 12.3-inch display screens; one acts as a gauge cluster and the other provides access to Mercedes’ COMAND infotainment system. The infotainment system has crisp graphics and responds quickly to inputs, but the sheer number of on-screen options can be overwhelming. Functions are controlled using a knob on the center console, as well as buttons on the dashboard and steering wheel. A touchpad located behind the knob can detect handwriting, which makes it easier to input navigation destinations. Available features include a head-up display, dual rear-seat DVD screens, and a beverage cooler.

Advanced technology might be what draws you into the S-Class, but it’s the lavish interior that makes you stay. The S-Class’ cabin and dashboard are elegantly styled and trimmed with top-notch materials. The attention to detail is unrivaled – even in this luxe class.

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2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Dimensions

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cargo Space

The S-Class’ cargo space varies depending on the body style. S-Class sedans have around 16.2 cubic feet of trunk space, but the S550e model has only 9.5 cubic feet. S-Class coupes have 10.4 cubic feet of trunk space. S-Class cabriolets have 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space with the top up, but only 8.8 cubic feet with this convertible top stowed.

2017 S-Class Length and Weight

The S-Class coupe and cabriolet are 16.5 feet long, with a curb weight between 4,678 and 4,971 pounds. The S-Class sedan is 17.3 feet long, and its curb weight ranges from 4,630 to 5,115 pounds. Lastly, the S-Class Maybach sedans are 17.9 feet long with a curb weight between 5,017 and 5,296 pounds.

Where Was the 2017 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Built?

Mercedes built the 2017 S-Class in Germany.

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