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2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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2018 Base S 450 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan
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Price:   -  From $89,900
2018 Base S 450 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $92,900
2018 Base S 560 4dr Rear-Wheel Drive Sedan Price:   -  From $99,900
2018 Base S 560 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $102,900
2018 Base S 560 2dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Coupe Price:   -  From $124,500
2018 Base S 560 2dr Cabriolet Price:   -  From $133,300
2018 Base AMG S 63 4dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $147,500
2018 Base AMG S 63 2dr All-Wheel Drive 4MATIC Coupe Price:   -  From $167,700
2018 Base Maybach S 560 4dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Sedan Price:   -  From $168,600
2018 Base AMG S 63 2dr All-wheel Drive 4MATIC Cabriolet Price:   -  From $179,500
2018 Base Maybach S 650 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $198,700
2018 Base AMG S 65 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $229,500
2018 Base AMG S 65 2dr Coupe Price:   -  From $238,900
2018 Base AMG S 65 2dr Cabriolet Price:   -  From $250,900
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The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is one of the most luxurious cars money can buy, boasting elegant craftsmanship, a smooth and comfortable ride, and the most innovative technology and safety features. While the BMW 7-Series and the Audi A8 have certainly made great advancements over the years, the S-Class remains in a league of its own.

What's New for 2018

The S-Class has been given a facelift for 2018, that includes an updated engine roster, a slight exterior tweaks, a restyled cabin, and of course, even more technology.

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Choosing Your Mercedes-Benz S-Class

The S-Class is available in three trim levels — S450, S560 and S63 AMG – although that range will likely grow to include an S65 AMG, as well as at least one Maybach variant. While the S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet will also adopt the changes for the 2018 S-Class Sedan, those new models haven't debuted quite yet.

The S450 is the new base model and gets a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 engine that makes 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels as standard, but Mercedes' 4Matic all-drive system is available for $3,000. Look for 19 miles per gallon in the city and 28 mpg highway for rear-wheel drive models and 18/28 mpg for the S450 4Matic.

Moving up to the S560 gets customers a 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 pushing out 463 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard and the fuel economy is rated at 17/27 mpg.

The S63 shares the S560's V8, but it's a much more potent tune, with 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque on tap. All-wheel-drive comes standard and the added traction allows a 0-60 miles per hour time of 3.4 seconds. Despite the extra performance, the S63 AMG's fuel economy isn’t far off the S560’s, at 17/26 mpg.

A nine-speed automatic transmission is standard across the S-Class range.

The option sheets for all three S-Class sedan variants are broadly similar. The non-AMG models offer a Premium Package for $5,000 that adds ventilated, heated, massaging front seats, proximity entry, an automatic parking system, surround-view monitoring, and power rear sunshades. A $2,600 Warmth and Comfort Package heating and ventilation to the rear seats, replaces the standard arm rests with heated units, adds a heated steering wheel, and includes a memory function for the outboard rear seats. Heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel are available as standalone options, a head-up display, a $6,400 Burmester audio system, and Mercedes' innovative Magic Sky Control Panoramic roof ($4,950), and a night vision system ($2,260).

Speaking of those rear seats, there are three separate packages dedicated to making them even more comfortable. Available on all three S-Class Sedan trims, these packages range in price from $1,700 for the Rear Seat Package (a power footrest on the passenger-side seat, four-zone climate control, and rear head restraints) to $3,500 for the Executive Rear Seat Package (adds a massage function, a passenger-side seat that reclines to a La-Z-Boy-like 43 degrees, and an integrated airbag). Adding the $3,500 package requires both the $1,700 Rear Seat Package and the Premium Package, while the $1,950 Executive Rear Seat Plus Package requires all three – it adds a pair of tray tables, heated and cooled cupholders, and a center console instead of the standard middle seat.

A $2,250 Driver Assistance Package is available on all three trims and adds quite literally every active driving feature Mercedes offers. Tack this package onto your S-Class and you have arguably the most advanced semi-autonomous vehicle on the planet.

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The S450 starts at $90,895 (including $995 destination charges) comes standard with 18-inch five-spoke wheels, all LED exterior lighting, Airmatic suspension, remote engine start, a panoramic sunroof, heated front seats, ambient lighting, full-leather upholstery, dual-zone climate control, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.

You also get wireless charging, a Burmeister audio system, rain-sensing wipers and driver-assistance technologies like front automatic braking, blindspot detection, lane-departure warning, rear-view camera, adaptive headlights and automatic high-beam.

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The S560 costs $103,895 and its highlight is the V8 powertrain, which enable a 0-60 mph time of just 4.6 seconds. Otherwise, apart from the bigger 19-inch wheels and the standard 4Matic all-wheel drive, the S560 offers the same roster of standard and optional extras as the S450.

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The S63 AMG is listed at $148,495. Mechanical improvements include the 603 horsepower V8 engine, much more aggressive suspension, high-performance brakes, a recalibrated transmission, a performance exhaust system, lightweight 20-inch wheels, and a launch-control system. This is the limousine you want if your chauffeur has a lead foot.

Other changes include more aggressive bumpers, AMG badges, a sport steering-wheel, the Premium Package from the lower trims and the AMG Track App, which lets the owners record lap-times and other relevant track data The AMG Exterior Carbon Fiber Package ($6,500) will add carbon-fiber elements on the front air curtains, rear-diffuser, side-skirts, mirror-caps and the engine cover. You can also have carbon-ceramic brakes $8,950.

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The S560 with the Driver Assistance Package is our pick. It gives you a plethora of comfort creatures, a lovely V8 engine, the all-around practicality of all-wheel drive, and one of the most advanced self-driving systems on the market.

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Few two-syllable utterances convey as many opulent and lavish connotations as S-Class. It may have once been a letter and a word, but it now represents the pinnacle of obtainable motoring – a full-size, four-wheel line of demarcation which separates the proletariat from the royalty. Everything below the S-Class pales against it; everything above represents the exclusive realm of the one percent. For 2018, the flagship Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan (there's a coupe and convertible too, but the sedan was the only model available as of this writing) remains unperturbed in straddling this socioeconomic perimeter.

Best Value

The wealthy don't build their net worth spending frivolously. Even at this price point, S-Class buyers will ask the same age-old question that's bothered car shoppers since there was such a thing as an ordering sheet: what options and trim represent the best compromise between features and price?

The answer lies within the S 560 range. With a 463-horsepower V8, it has the proper amount of thrust to quietly but authoritatively move this big sedan. Here's our ideal S-Class:

  • Model: 2018 Mercedes-Benz S 560 4Matic sedan
  • Engine: Twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8
  • Output: 469 hp / 516 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Nine-speed automatic transmission
  • Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
  • MPG: 17 city / 27 highway
  • Options: Premium Package ($5,000, heated and ventilated front seats with massage function, keyless entry and ignition, active parking assist, surround-view camera, and power rear sunblinds), Warmth and Comfort Package ($2,600, heated and ventilated rear seats, heated armrest, heated steering wheel, and power outboard rear seats with memory), Driver Assistance Package ($2,250, active steering assist, active evasive assist, adaptive cruise control, active brake-assist with cross-traffic, automatic emergency braking, speed-limit assist, lane keeping and lane change assist, and route-based speed adaptation), Exclusive Trim ($950), Exclusive Nappa Leather ($2,160, six color combinations to choose from).
  • Base Price:$103,895 (including a $995 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price:$116,855


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For 2018, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class receives three new engines. The lone returning motor is the range-topping 12-cylinder found in the S 65. We haven't had a chance to sample that multi-cylinder extravagance, but considering the excellence of the lesser powertrains, we imagine it delivers all the torquey smoothness one would expect.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo in the S 450 is the entry-level engine. Don't equate entry-level with mediocrity, though – this powerplant is smooth, refined, and powerful, belying any preconceived notions one might have when thinking about a six-cylinder in a car that weighs 4,600 pounds dry. With 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque, it's powerful enough to move this bruiser to 60 miles per hour in just 5.4 seconds.

The two V8 options take the pleasing characteristics of the S 450 to new heights. If the V6 is a deftly-shot arrow, the 4.0-liter V8s are more akin to a bullet fired through a silencer – muted and deathly fast. In standard tune, this engine makes 463 hp in the S 560, and is absolutely capable for meeting the needs of sane and rational buyers. The silly 603-hp version that's in the S 63 goes from zero to 60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, and is available for those who eschew sanity and rationality.

No matter the engine, all S-Classes ride as expected, wafting over the harshest pavement and filtering out any road imperfections well before they reach the cabin. None of this is too surprising, considering the base suspension is a four-corner air design. An active-damper setup named Magic Body Control is available, and these trick shocks will anticipate the road ahead as well as tilt the big sedan up to 2.65 degrees into the turn so to mitigate body roll. It helps, but this is still a full-size nautilus for the road, so don't expect to carve corners like a Miata.


For most buyers of full-size ultra-luxury sedans, it's what's on the inside that counts, and the S-Class acquits itself quite nicely in this regard. Of the many no-cost standard features, we especially like the Energizing Comfort Control, a nifty little feature that utilizes a combination of seat heaters and coolers, ambient lighting, climate control, and audio to create a wholly immersive, therapeutic-like experience that lasts for ten minutes. Gimmicky? Of course. Enjoyable? Absolutely.

Less gimmicky is the 12.3-inch navigation and infotainment system. It's controlled by the Mercedes Comand system, and still insists on using a console-mounted touchpad controller rather than a touchscreen to cycle through menus and make selections. We'd like to see haptic-screen technology make an appearance, but the software is otherwise logical and functional.

It's hard to miss the quality and craftsmanship that abound inside the cabin. All materials are first rate, from the supple leather upholstery to the high-quality metal buttons and genuine wood trim. A clean, organic dash layout is tastefully subdued and ties the innards of the car together, and overall makes for an excellent place to spend some serious road time in.

The Best and Worst Things

Of all the accolades one can throw on this personal limousine, the ride stands out the most. BMW and Audi offer better handling, but the Mercedes resolutely adheres to the traditional comfort-first ride that sedans of this caliber are renowned for, and we wouldn't want it any other way.

This is an S-Class – the day Mercedes builds one with any serious drawbacks will be when pigs take to the skies. Still, if nits must be picked, this cruiser isn't going to be as nimble as some buyers might prefer, even in S 63 and S 65 trims.

Right For? Wrong For?

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Anyone who demands the finest luxury sedan short of a Bentley or Rolls-Royce.

Anyone who can afford a Bentley or Rolls-Royce.

The Bottom Line

Of all the automobiles in the Mercedes stable, nothing speaks to the brand's slogan of "The best or nothing" like the S-Class. It's incredibly well crafted inside and out. It has options that are appropriately absurd and powertrains that are glassy smooth and impressively quick. From the smallest detail to the silhouette itself, the 2018 S-Class never fails to remind why the flagship Mercedes has been the car to emulate for the past three decades of motoring.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Available
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 362 HP / 369 ft.lbs.
9-spd sequential shift control auto w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
19 / 28 / 23 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
5 / 4
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
3.0L V-6 / 362 HP / 369 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
19 / 28 / 23 Mpg
4-wheel Disc
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Independent Multi-link
Spare Tire And Wheel
Fuel Tank
20.7 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Premium Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
18.7 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
Exterior Length
206.5 "
Exterior Width
74.8 "
Exterior Height
58.9 "
Front Headroom
42.1 "
Rear Headroom
39.2 "
Front Legroom
41.4 "
Rear Legroom
43.0 "
Front Shoulder Room
59.7 "
Rear Shoulder Room
59.1 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
4,553 Lbs.
Wheel Base
125 "
Turning Radius
19.5 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
18.0 " Machined Aluminum / 19.0 " Machined Amg Aluminum / 19.0 " / 20.0 "
Clearcoat Monotone / Metallic Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Heated, Power Remote Driver, Power Remote W/tilt Down Passenger
Body-colored With Chrome Insert
Grille Moldings
Rear Spoiler
Dual Stainless Steel With Chrome Tailpipe Finish
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
5 / 4
Seat Trim
Leather / Semi-aniline Leather / Nappa Leather
Front Seat Type
Bucket / Adaptive
Heated Front Seats
Driver And Front Passenger Heated-cushion, Heated-seatback
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
(12-way Power)
Front Armrests
(12-way Power)
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
Bench / Adaptive Bucket
Radio & Infotainment
Comand Siriusxm Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
13 Burmester / 26 Burmester
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Power Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Express Open/close
Rearview Mirror
Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Front And Rear
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Dual Illuminated
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Not Yet Available
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Rear Side-impact Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Front And Rear
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Active Brake Assist Forward Collision Mitigation
Blind Spot Sensor
Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot
Lane Departure Warning
Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure / Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure
Autonomous Cruise Control
Distronic Plus With Steering Assist Hands-on Steering Assist
Pedestrian Detection
Front Pedestrian Detection Prevention
Driver Attention Alert
Attention Assist Driver Attention
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Highbeam Assist Auto High-beam
Adaptive Headlights
Directionally Adaptive
Parking Sensors
Parking Pilot Front And Rear
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Major Components Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Corrosion Perforation
48 Months / 50,000 Miles
Accessories Months

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