2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Reviews, Ratings & Specs

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Color:  Selenite Grey Metallic
  • +7
MSRP
$81,595 - $198,833
Crash Test
Source: NHTSA.gov
MPG (up to)
18 City / 28 HWY
Horsepower
362-621
Seats
4-5

How 2018 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Ranks In Its Class

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#3
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Expert Review

By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

Editor's Overview

The 2018 Mercedes-AMG S-Class S63 and S65 are the high-performance variants of the German luxury brand’s flagship. In addition to the stately full-size sedan, these models are also available as elegant and imposing 2-door coupes and cabriolets. At over $200,000, they can cost more than a house.

Mercedes-Benz S-Class Models & Trims

AMG S 63 $125,750 - $134,387
Horsepower: 603 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
AMG S 65 $180,763 - $198,833
Horsepower: 621 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S 450 $81,595 - $87,992
Horsepower: 362 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-6
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 9.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
S 560 $91,962 - $99,243
Horsepower: 463 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 18 X 8, 20 X 9.5 (in.) - Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Maybach S 650 $198,700
Horsepower: 621 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-12
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8.5, 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning
Maybach S 560 $168,600
Horsepower: 463 hp
Engine Type: Twin Turbo Premium Unleaded V-8
Standard Seating: N/A
Standard Wheels: 19 X 8.5, 20 X 8.5 (in.) - Aluminum, Forged Aluminum
Bluetooth
Navigation System
Heated Seats
Sun Roof
Back-Up Camera
Premium Audio
Smart Device Integration
WiFi Hotspot
Keyless Start
Keyless Entry
Automated Emergency Braking
Blind Spot Monitor
Cross-Traffic Alert
Lane Departure Warning

Owner Reviews

4.83
3 star
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2 star
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1 star
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best of the bunch in all ways that I can think of

best of the bunch. I really love my car and would recommend it to just about anyone that I encounter in my everyday life.

John S
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Many safety features including auto stop.

Very comfortable. Lots of legroom. Lots of safety features. High learning curve to master all the buttons and gizmos.

Laurie P
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This is the safest car you will ever buy. It is very reliable.

Very good ride and smooth. Engine is very quiet and navigation system is top notch. Security system is very reliable.

zach d
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Compare Models & Key Features

Key Specs

Overview

Kelley Blue Book Value

Kelley Blue Book Value
$125,750 - $134,387
$180,763 - $198,833

Horsepower

Horsepower
603 (hp)
621 (hp)

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

Engine Type

Engine Type
4.0L Biturbo V8
6.0L SOHC Biturbo 36
Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Sun Roof

Sun Roof
Standard
Standard

Alarm

Alarm
Standard
Standard

BackUp Camera

BackUp Camera
Standard
Standard

HeadsUp Display

HeadsUp Display
Standard
Standard

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry
Standard
Standard

Universal Garage Door Opener

Universal Garage Door Opener
Standard
Standard

Rain Sensing Wipers

Rain Sensing Wipers
Standard
Standard

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Heated Steering Wheel

Heated Steering Wheel
Optional
Optional
Not Available

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors
Standard
Standard

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Standard
Standard

Cruise Control

Cruise Control
Standard
Standard

Power Windows

Power Windows
Standard
Standard

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost
Standard
Standard

Privacy Glass

Premium Sound System

Premium Sound System
Standard
Standard

Driver Restriction Features

Driver Restriction Features
Standard
Standard

Automatic Parking

Automatic Parking
Standard
Standard

Power Steering

Power Steering
Standard
Standard

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
41.4 (in.)
41.4 (in.)

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
37.7 - 42.1 (in.)
37.7 - 42.1 (in.)

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
43 (in.)
43 (in.)

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
36.7 - 39.2 (in.)
36.7 - 39.2 (in.)

Trunk Volume

Trunk Volume
8.8 - 18 (cu. ft.)
8.8 - 18 (cu. ft.)

Cargo Volume

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Standard
Standard

MP3 Player

MP3 Player
Standard
Standard

Entertainment System

Entertainment System
Optional
Optional
Standard

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio
Standard
Standard

WiFi Hotspot

WiFi Hotspot
Standard
Standard

Smart Device Integration

Smart Device Integration
Standard
Standard

AUX Input

AUX Input
Standard
Standard

CD Player

Heating & Cooling

Climate Control

Climate Control
Standard
Standard

AC

AC
Optional
Optional
Standard

Dual Zone

Dual Zone
Standard
Standard

Navigation & Communication

Navigation System

Navigation System
Standard
Standard

Cell PhoneHookup

Seats

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Leather
Leather

Passengers

Passengers
4 - 5
4 - 5

Power Driver Seat

Power Driver Seat
Standard
Standard

Power Passenger Seat

Power Passenger Seat
Standard
Standard

Heated Front Seats

Heated Front Seats
Standard
Standard

Heated Rear Seats

Heated Rear Seats
Optional
Optional
Standard

Cooled Front Seats

Cooled Front Seats
Standard
Standard

Cooled Rear Seats

Cooled Rear Seats
Not Available
Standard

Seat Memory

Seat Memory
Standard
Standard

3rd Row Seating

Pass Through Rear Seat

Seat Massage

Seat Massage
Standard
Standard

Driver Lumbar

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Seat

Standard Seat
Aluminum
Aluminum

Power Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate

Hands Free Liftgate
Standard
Standard

Power Folding Mirror

Power Folding Mirror
Standard
Standard

Bed Liner

Rear Spoiler

Running Boards

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P255/40YR20
P255/40YR20

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
115.9 - 124.6 (in.)
115.9 - 124.6 (in.)

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
40.4 (ft.)
40.4 (ft.)

Length

Length
198.9 - 208.2 (in.)
198.9 - 208.2 (in.)

Width

Width
75.3 - 75.4 (in.)
75.3 - 75.4 (in.)
Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
4564 - 4817 (.lbs)
4817 - 4971 (.lbs)

Horsepower

Horsepower
603 (hp)
621 (hp)

Torque

Torque
664 (ft. lbs.)
738 (ft. lbs.)

Maximum Towing Capacity

Maximum Towing Weight

Trailer Hitch Receiver

Gas Electric Hybrid

FlexFuel Electric Hybrid

PlugIn Electric Gas

PlugIn Electric FlexFuel

Turbocharged

Turbocharged
Standard
Standard

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes
Standard
Standard

Limited Slip Differential

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Standard
Standard

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
8 Cylinders
12 Cylinders

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
All Wheel Drive
Rear Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
20.7 (gal.)
20.7 (gal.)

Combined

Combined
21 (mpg)
17 (mpg)

City

City
16 (mpg)
13 (mpg)

Highway

Highway
26 (mpg)
21 (mpg)

Suspension

Active Suspension

Active Suspension
Standard
Standard

Air Suspension

Air Suspension
Standard
Standard

Stance Suspension

Transmission

Manual Mode

Manual Mode
Standard
Standard

Overdrive

CTV Transmission

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire

Tow Hooks

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes
Standard
Standard

Automatic Headlights

Automatic Headlights
Standard
Standard

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System
Standard
Standard

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks
Standard
Standard

Stability Control

Stability Control
Standard
Standard

Traction Control

Traction Control
Standard
Standard

HID Headlights

Auto Leveling Headlinghts

Rear Parking Sensors

Adaptive Cruise Control

Adaptive Cruise Control
Optional
Optional
Standard

Night Vision

Night Vision
Optional
Optional
Standard

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking
Standard
Standard

Blind Spot Monitor

Blind Spot Monitor
Standard
Standard

Lane Keeping Assist

Lane Keeping Assist
Standard
Standard

Lane Departure Warning

Lane Departure Warning
Standard
Standard

Cross Traffic Alert

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag OnOff Switch

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Side Airbag

Rear Side Airbag
Standard
Standard

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag
Standard
Standard

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor
Standard
Standard

Knee Airbag

Knee Airbag
Standard
Standard

Seatbelt Airbag

Seatbelt Airbag
Optional
Optional
Standard

Crash Test Results: Front, Side & Rollover

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety is a non-profit group which conducts safety testing beyond federal regulations. "Good" is the highest rating.

Moderate Overlap Front
N/A
Side
N/A
Roof Strength
N/A
Driver-side Overlap Front
N/A
G
Good
A
Acceptable
M
Marginal
P
Poor

Safety Features

  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Crosswind Assist Electronic Stability Control (ESC) *
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor
  • Lane Keeping Assist Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure Warning *
  • Active Parking Assist Automated Parking Sensors *
  • Collision Prevention Assist Plus *
  • eCall Emergency System Emergency Sos *
  • Parktronic w/Active Parking Assist Automated Parking Sensors *
  • COLLISION PREVENTION ASSIST PLUS *
  • Tire Specific Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags *
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag *
  • Childseat Sensor and Rear Child Safety Locks *
  • First Aid Kit
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners *
  • Driver And Passenger Knee Airbag and Rear Side-Impact Airbag *
  • Restricted Driving Mode *
  • Childseat Sensor *
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Pretensioners *
  • Curtain 1st Row Airbags *
  • mbrace Connect *
  • Back-Up Camera *
  • Front Camera
  • Left Side Camera
  • Right Side Camera
  • Surround View Back-Up Camera *
  • 360 Camera Back-Up Camera *
  • Active Brake Assist *
  • Active Blind Spot Assist Blind Spot Sensor *
  • Night View Assist PLUS Night Vision
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters, Pretensioners and 2 Rear Inflatable *
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Keeping Assist *
  • Active Lane Keeping Assist Lane Departure Warning *
  • mbrace2 Emergency Sos
  • Dual Stage Passenger Front Airbags

* Optional Safety Feature

Long-Term Reliability

Reliability results are currently not available.

Safety Recalls (2)

Electrical System Jun 14, 2018
Report Receipt Date:
Jun 14, 2018
NHTSA Campaign:
18V407000
Summary:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC. (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2018 Mercedes-Maybach S560 and S560 4Matic and Mercedes S450 4Matic, S450, S560, S560 4Matic, and S560 Coupe 4Matic vehicles. The electrical power bars inside the pre-fuse box in the trunk may not have been secured properly.
Consequence:
If the power bars are not properly secured, it can cause higher electrical resistance increasing the risk of a fire. Additionally, an intermittent contact between the power bars could lead to a loss of vehicle functions. The engine operation, the seat belt functions and the instrument cluster could be impaired, increasing the risk of a crash and injuries.
Remedy:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the pre-fuse box, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall began August 30, 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-800-367-6372. MBUSA's number for this recall is 2018080001.
Latches/locks/linkages > Doors > Latch Dec 17, 2017
Report Receipt Date:
Dec 17, 2017
NHTSA Campaign:
17V816000
Summary:
Mercedes-Benz USA, LLC (MBUSA) is recalling certain 2017 GLE400 4Matic, GLE350 4Matic, GLE350, GLE550e 4Matic, GLE43 AMG 4Matic, GLE63 AMG 4Matic, GLS450, GLE63S 4Matic, GLS63 4Matic, S550e, S600, S63 AMG 4Matic, S65 AMG, S550, Mercedes-Maybach S600, Mercedes-Maybach S550 4Matic, GLE43 AMG 4Matic Coupe, GLE63S 4Matic Coupe, 2017-2018 GLS550 4Matic, S550 4Matic, 2018 S450, and S63 AMG 4Matic vehicles. The rear passenger door on the driver side may indicate that it is locked, when it may not be. As such, these vehicles fail to comply with the requirements of Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) number 206, "Door Locks and Door Retention Components."
Consequence:
If the door appears to be locked, the door may be unintentionally opened, increasing the risk of injury.
Remedy:
MBUSA will notify owners, and dealers will inspect the left rear door lock, replacing it as necessary, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in January 2018. Owners may contact MBUSA customer service at 1-877-496-3691.

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