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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-class
Select a Different Model (14 Available): Maybach S560 4MATIC Sedan
Fair Market Price $ 175324
MPG (EPA) 16 CTY /25 HWY
Horsepower 463@5250
Torque 516@2000
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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class MODEL OVERVIEW

You'll Like

  • Luxurious interior
  • Excellent build quality
  • Powerful engines

You Won't Like

  • Heavy curb weight hurts overall handling
  • Poor fuel economy on V-12-powered models
  • Convertible soft top eats into the already small trunk

New for 2019

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup gets a plug-in hybrid version called the S 560e that's only be available as a sedan. AMG models get new options, a wood/leather or Dinamica/carbon fiber performance steering wheel. Maybach variants are now available with two-tone double clear coat exterior colors and contrast stitching in platinum gold or copper. Coupe and convertible models are now available in the Exclusive Edition variant, which features LED headlights embedded with Swarovski crystals, light brown wood trim, Aragonite Silver or Rubellite Red exterior colors, designo Nappa leather two-tone upholstery, and unique floor mats.

Trim Levels (Interior and Exterior Options)

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is the German automaker's flagship full-size luxury sedan and it's available as a sedan, coupe, or convertible. Rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations are available depending on the engine.

S 450 and S 450 4Matic: Standard features include an electronically controlled suspension, a drive mode selector with four options, adaptive dampers, a 12.3-inch screen, a Burmester audio system, navigation,  Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, 18-inch alloy wheels, full LED exterior lighting, a panoramic sunroof, heated multicontour front seats, 64-color LED ambient lighting, leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, soft-close doors, a power-operated trunk, and dual-zone climate control.

S 560 and S 560 4Matic: The S 560 adds 19-inch alloy wheels, and Nappa leather upholstery. Coupe models also add a sport exhaust system with active flaps and ventilated front seats as standard. Convertible variants get the AirScarf neck heating system and an AirCap wind blocker that minimizes wind draft.

AMG S 63: One of two performance-minded variants, the AMG S 63 adds a performance-minded all-wheel-drive system, AMG-tuned adaptive suspension, high-performance brakes, AMG performance exhaust system, a three-stage stability control system, 20-inch alloy wheels, ventilated and massaging front seats, and a hands-free power-operated trunk.

AMG S 65: The V-12-powered AMG S 65 includes all the standard features on the lower grades plus an active air suspension, a head-up display, a 26-speaker Burmester 3D audio system, heated and ventilated rear seats, heated armrests, massaging rear seats, a heated steering wheel and four-zone climate control. Ventilated and massaging rear seats are not offered on the Coupe and Cabriolet models.

Maybach S 560 4Matic and Maybach S 650: Available only as a sedan, the Maybach variants are ultra-luxury iterations of the S-Class. The cars also have a longer wheelbase and overall length versus the standard S-Class sedan, a unique grille, reclining rear seats with memory, a powered footrest on the right rear seat, and power adjustable rear headrests. Standard features on the Maybach models are the same as the AMG S65. Maybach models can also be had with folding tables for rear seat passengers, and a fridge.

Performance and Fuel Economy

Model: S 450, S 450 4Matic
Engine and Transmission: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 - nine-speed automatic
Power: 362 hp/369 lb-ft of torque
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 19/28 mpg city/highway (S450); 18/28 mpg (S450 4Matic)

Model: S 560e plug-in hybrid
Engine and Transmission: 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 hybrid - nine-speed automatic
Power: 469 hp/516 lb-ft (combined output)
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: TBA

Model: S 560, S 560 4Matic, S 560 4Matic Coupe, S 560 Cabriolet, Maybach S 560 4Matic
Engine and Transmission: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 - nine-speed automatic
Power: 463 hp/516 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/27 (S 560, S 560 4Matic); 17/26 mpg (S 560 4Matic Coupe and S560 Cabriolet); 16/25 mpg (Maybach S560 4Matic)

Model: AMG S 63 4Matic, AMG S 63 4Matic Coupe, AMG S 63 4Matic Cabriolet
Engine and Transmission: 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 - nine-speed automatic
Power: 603 hp/664 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 17/26 mpg (AMG S 63 4Matic); 17/27 mpg (S 63 4Matic Coupe); 15/24 mpg (AMG S 63 4Matic Cabriolet)

Model: AMG S 65, AMG S 65 Coupe, AMG S 65 Cabriolet, Maybach S 650
Engine and Transmission: 621 hp/738 lb-ft
Power: 621 hp/738 lb-ft
EPA-Rated Fuel Economy: 13/22 mpg (AMG S 65); 14/21 mpg (AMG S 65 Cabriolet) 13/21 mpg (AMG S 65 Coupe and Maybach S 650)

Safety

Standard active driver assistance tech includes Attention Assist, blind-spot monitoring lane keeping assist, crosswind assist, adaptive high beams, forward collision warning, and automatic emergency braking. Optional active driver assists include lane change assist, active steering assist, rear cross-traffic alert, rear automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, night vision, and evasive steering assist.

Utility

For maximum cargo capacity the 2019 S-Class sedan has an 18.7-cubic-foot trunk. The S 560 and AMG S 65 Coupes have the smallest trunks at 10.4 cubic feet while the AMG S 63 Coupe is bigger at 14.1 cubic feet. The S-Class convertible has a slightly larger 12.4-cubic-foot trunk but it shrinks down to 8.8 cubic feet (7.0 cubic feet on the AMG S 63 and S 65) with the roof folded.

What We Think

In a 2018 First Drive, we noted that the standard S-Class models are cruisers, preferring leisurely drives on the highway and coddling its occupants. The AMG S 63 is the hot rod, offering blisteringly quick acceleration for a massive sedan while maintaining its luxury car credentials. However, its size kept it from handling as well as it should and has a hard time on tight turns, as we noted in a 2018 First Test. Body roll, on the other hand, is well controlled and the car's ride is as comfortable as you'd expect of an S-Class.

Cool Fact

The AMG variants feature engines that have been hand-built by a single engineer.

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2019 MERCEDES-BENZ S-CLASS SPECIFICATIONS
OVERVIEW
FEATURES
WARRANTY/RECALL
SAFETY
Engine Name
Engine: V8 Turbo 4.0 Liter
Transmission Name
Transmission, 9G-TRONIC 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode
Trim
Maybach S560 4MATIC Sedan
Class
Luxury Passenger Car
Horsepower
463@5250
Standard MPG
16/25
Body Style
Sedan
Drivetrain
AWD
Fuel Type
Unleaded Premium
Seating Capacity
5/5
Package Invoice Retail

Executive Rear Seat Package Plus

INCLUDES: Dual Power Rear Seats with Folding Tables; Folding Tables for Rear Seats; Heated and Cooled Rear Cupholders
$1823 $1950

Engine: V8 Turbo 4.0 Liter

Std Std

Transmission, 9G-TRONIC 9 Speed Automatic with Manual Mode

Std Std

Exterior Color, Black

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Designo® Cashmere White (Matte)

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Magnetite Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Obsidian Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dune Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Iridium Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Designo® Diamond White Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Lunar Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Ruby Black Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Diamond Silver Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Emerald Green Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Selenite Grey Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Anthracite Blue Metallic

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Iridium Silver Upper/Selenite Grey Lower Two-Tone

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Selenite Grey Upper/Magnetite Black Lower Two-Tone

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Selenite Grey Upper/Obsidian Black Lower Two-Tone

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Iridium Silver Upper/Obsidian Black Lower Two-Tone

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dune Silver Upper/Obsidian Black Lower Two-Tone

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dune Silver Upper/Anthracite Blue Lower Two-Tone

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dune Silver Upper/Emerald Green Lower Two-Tone

N/C N/C

Exterior Color, Dune Silver Upper/Ruby Black Lower Two-Tone

N/C N/C

Brake Assist System

Std Std

Brakes, 4 Wheel Disc w/ABS

Std Std

Cornering Brake Control

Std Std

Electronic Brake Distribution

Std Std

Hand Brake, Electronic

Std Std

Refrigerator Box for Rear Cabin

$1028 $1100

Rear-Cabin Wireless Charging

N/C N/C

Air Conditioning: Four-Zone Climate Control

Std Std

Apps Control

Std Std

Bluetooth®

Std Std

Built-In Apps

Std Std

Cargo Hooks

Std Std

Coming Home Device

Std Std

Connection To External Entertainment Devices

Std Std

Cruise/Speed Control, Adaptive

Std Std

Cup Holders, Front and Rear

Std Std

Door Closers, Automatic Side And Hatch/Trunk

Std Std

Door Entry Light

Std Std

Engine Start Button

Std Std

Entertainment Display Screen

Std Std

Garage Door Opener

Std Std

Internal HD, 10GB Capacity

Std Std

Internet Connection

Std Std

Memory Adjustment: Mirror, Steering Wheel, Head Restraint

Std Std

Multi-Function Display Screen, 12.3-Inch with Wheel

Std Std

Navigaion Via Mobile Phone

Std Std

Navigation System, with Internal HD and Traffic Info

Std Std

Power Locks, With Passive Access (Card Key)

Std Std

Power Outlet, 12v

Std Std

Power Trunk/Hatch Pull-Down

Std Std

Power Windows

Std Std

Secondary Ventilation Controls

Std Std

Smart Card/Key

Std Std

Telematics

Std Std

Text To Speech / Speech To Text

Std Std

Trip Computer

Std Std

Trunk Release, Foot Operated

Std Std

Trunk/Hatch Release, Remote

Std Std

Ventilation System

Std Std

Voice Activating System, Enhanced Voice Control, with Radio Settings, Phone, Navigation System

Std Std

Wi-Fi Network

Std Std

Windshield, Electrically Heated

Std Std

Wireless Charging Pad

Std Std

Axle Ratio, 2.650

Std Std

Brakes, Regenerative

Std Std

Compass

Std Std

Driver Modes: Engine Mapping, Steering, Suspension

Std Std

External Temperature

Std Std

Fuel Tank, 24.6 Gallon

Std Std

Power Supply, Mains

Std Std

Start/Stop

Std Std

Traction Control, Electronic

Std Std

Drive: 4MATIC® Full-Time Four-Wheel Drive AWD

Std Std

Chrome/Bright Trim, Window Surround Body Side Bumpers

Std Std

Cornering Lights/Curb Illumination

Std Std

Door Handles (Exterior), Body Color

Std Std

Glass Roof

Std Std

Pop-Up Hood/Bonnet

Std Std

Sunroof, Glass Remote

Std Std

Window, Rear

Std Std

Windows, Laminated Side

Std Std

Doors, Front-Hinged Front

Std Std

Armrest, Front Seat Center

Std Std

Blinds, Power Rear & Side

Std Std

Console

Std Std

Floor Covering

Std Std

Floor Mats

Std Std

Folding Tables for Rear Seats

CONTAINED IN: [399] Executive Rear Seat Package Plus
Pkg Pkg

Designo® Black Piano Lacquer "Flowing Lines" Wood

$1215 $1300

Designo® Black Piano Lacquer Wood

$748 $800

Designo Magnolia Flowing Lines

$1215 $1300

Light Burl Walnut Wood

N/C N/C

Headliner Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Heated and Cooled Rear Cupholders

CONTAINED IN: [399] Executive Rear Seat Package Plus
Pkg Pkg

Light, Cargo Area

Std Std

Luxury Trim, Wood & Leather On Console; Doors And Instrument Panel

Std Std

Main Dashboard Display

Std Std

Steering Wheel: Heated Wood & Leather-Trimmed, Tilt Telescoping Steering Wheel

Std Std

Storage, Below Seat

Std Std

Vanity Mirror: Illuminated Driver And Passenger Vanity Mirror

Std Std

Reading Lights, Front and Rear

Std Std

LED Lights, Side Indicator Lights

Std Std

Body-Color Heated Driver Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals, Body-Color Heated Passenger Power Door Mirrors With Turn Signals

Std Std

Foldable Mirrors

Std Std

Rear View Mirror, Automatic

Std Std

Handcrafted Silver Champagne Flutes

$2992 $3200

Designo® Mocha Black Metallic

$2150 $2300

Designo® Alanite Grey Magno (Matte)

$3693 $3950

Designo® Cashmere White (Matte)

$3693 $3950

Designo® Diamond White Metallic

$743 $795

Double Clear Coat

$3272 $3500

Two-Tone Paint

$11220 $12000

Paint, Metallic

Std Std

Airbag, Front

Std Std

Airbag, Side Curtain

Std Std

Airbag, Side

Std Std

Airbags, 9

Std Std

Airbags, Knee

Std Std

Blind Junction Cameras

Std Std

Collision Warning System, Pre-Safe®

Std Std

Electronic Stability Program (ESP®)

Std Std

Head Restraints

Std Std

Headlight Control, Speed Dependant Dusk Sensor Active Headlights

Std Std

Headlights, LED

Std Std

Heated Washer

Std Std

Hill Holder

Std Std

Isofix Preparation

Std Std

Lane Departure Warning System

Std Std

Lights, Daytime Running

Std Std

Limited Slip Differential

Std Std

Low Tire Pressure Indicator

Std Std

Multi-Collision Braking

Std Std

Night Vision

Std Std

Overtaking Sensor, Active Blind Spot Assist

Std Std

Parking Assistance

Std Std

Parking Camera, 360 Degrees

Std Std

Parking Distance Sensors, Front and Rear PARKTRONIC Camera and Radar ; Side Camera

Std Std

Passenger Assist Handles

Std Std

Rear Cross-Traffic Alert

Std Std

Seatbelt, Inflatable Rear

Std Std

Seatbelts, Front

Std Std

Seatbelts, Rear

Std Std

Theft Deterrent System

Std Std

Windscreen Wiper/De-Icer

Std Std

Windshield Wipers, Automatic Intermittent Rain Sensor

Std Std

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black Exclusive Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Silk Beige/Espresso Brown Exclusive Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black w/Platinum Colored Stitching Exclusive Nappa Leather Premium Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Nut Brown/Black Exclusive Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Porcelain/Black Exclusive Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Magma Grey/Espresso Brown Exclusive Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Mahogany/Silk Beige Exclusive Nappa Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black w/Gold Colored Stitching Exclusive Nappa Leather Premium Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Armagnac Brown & Black Exclusive Nappa Leather Premium Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Savanna Beige & Black Exclusive Nappa Leather Premium Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Black w/Copper Colored Stitching Exclusive Nappa Leather Premium Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Designo® Silk Beige/Deep Sea Blue Exclusive Semi-Aniline Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Designo® Silk Beige/Titanium Pearl Exclusive Semi-Aniline Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery/Color, Designo® Silk Beige/Satin Red Pearl Exclusive Semi-Aniline Leather

N/C N/C

Seat Upholstery, Leather 9XX

$935 $1000

Dual Power Rear Seats with Folding Tables

CONTAINED IN: [399] Executive Rear Seat Package Plus
Pkg Pkg

Rear Seats, Ottoman Ventilated Climate Controlled 4-Way Power Heated with Reach Memory

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Leather

Std Std

Seatback, Front Active

Std Std

Seating, 5

Std Std

Seats, Dual Front Ventilated 18-Way Power Climate Controlled Active Seat Bolstering Heated Bucket with Memory and Active Massage

Std Std

Seat Upholstery, Exclusive Nappa Leather - Black

$1309 $1400

Seat Upholstery, Exclusive Nappa Leather - Brown

$2805 $3000

Burmester Surround Sound System

$-5984 $-6400

Audio System, Comand® AM/FM Radio, Digital/Satellite Radio with Color Screen and Digital Media Card and Wireless Headphones

Std Std

DVD/VCD

Std Std

MP3 Player

Std Std

Remote Audio Controls

Std Std

Twenty Six Burmester Speakers Subwoofer, Surround Sound and Burmester® High-End 3D Surround Sound System

Std Std

Power Steering

Std Std

Responsive Suspension

Std Std

Suspension Leveling

Std Std

Suspension, Airmatic® w/ Air Springs

Std Std

Tires, P245/40ZR20 All Season BSW Run Flat Front & P275/35ZR20 All Season BSW Run Flat Rear

Std Std

Wheels, 19-Inch Multispoke

N/C N/C

Wheels, 20-Inch Maybach Exclusive Forged 17R

$3646 $3900

Wheels, 20-Inch AMG® Triple 5-Spoke

N/C N/C

Wheels, 20-Inch Multispoke

$4675 $5000

Wheels, 19-Inch Forged

$3646 $3900

Wheels, 20-Inch Maybach Exclusive Forged R91

$3693 $3950

Wheels, 20" Alloy

Std Std
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Corrosion Warranty Miles
50000
Maintenance Warranty Months
none
Corrosion Warranty Months
48
Powertrain Warranty Miles
50000
Full Warranty Miles
50000
Powertrain Warranty Months
48
Full Warranty Months
48
Roadside Assistance Miles
50000
Maintenance Warranty Miles
none
Roadside Assistance Months
48
IIHS Best Pick
0
NHTSA Rating Front Driver
Not Rated
IIHS Front Moderate Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Passenger
Not Rated
IIHS Front Small Overlap
N/R
NHTSA Rating Front Side
Not Rated
IIHS Overall Side Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Overall
Not Rated
IIHS Rear Crash
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rear Side
Not Rated
IIHS Roof Strength
N/R
NHTSA Rating Rollover
Not Rated