2020 S-Class New Car Test Drive
As much as almost any other vehicle on the market, Mercedes-Benz's full-size S-Class flagship represents the pinnacle of luxury. Spectacular even in standard form, the 2019 S-Class comes in three body styles, in addition to the ultra-luxury Maybach spin-off.
A new Exclusive Edition for the coupe and convertible has been added for the 2019 model year. AMG versions can have a new wood/leather performance steering wheel, or one made of carbon fiber. Maybach sedans can now have two-tone paint (for a mere $12,000 extra). Mercedes-Benz also has been developing an S 560e plug-in hybrid sedan, to be added during 2019.
Rather than trim levels, the S-Class is organized according to powertrain: V-6, V-8, or V-12. The base S 450 contains a marvelous twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 that whips up 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. With its smooth-shifting 9-speed automatic transmission, the S 450 can reach 60 mph in 5 seconds or less, according to Mercedes-Benz.
Stepping up to V-8 power, the AMG S 63 gets a twin-turbo engine that blasts out (in an appropriately genteel manner, of course) a mind-altering 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque. Hitting that 60-mph mark takes a startling 3.4 seconds ? among of the swiftest sedans on the market.
Output from the 6.0-liter V-12 in the AMG S 65 rises to 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet, but it's slower in acceleration than the V-8.
The S-Class hasn't been crash-tested. As expected from an automobile in this league, plenty of safety features are standard. They include automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitors, and adaptive cruise control. Safety options include night vision and a surround-view camera system.
An optional Driver Assistance package combines cameras and sensors with satellite-derived data to make certain driving actions semi-autonomous. Tapping the turn-signal lever, for instance, can permit the vehicle to change lanes after scanning for nearby vehicles. The system also helps it steer away from oncoming vehicles or obstacles, and issues an alert if the driver exceeds the speed limit. .
Prices do not include $995 destination charge.
S 450 Sedan ($91,250 with rear-wheel drive, $94,250 with all-wheel drive) comes with the V-6 engine, navigation, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, Burmester surround sound, 18-inch wheels, 16-way power front seats, keyless ignition, twin 12.3-inch display screens, plus a cabin fragrance dispenser.
S 560 Sedan ($101,350 with RWD, $104,350 with AWD) holds a 4.0-liter V-8 engine and includes all-wheel drive, 19-inch wheels and nappa leather.
S 560 Coupe with 4Matic ($125,450) has 4.0-liter V-8 and all-wheel drive.
S 560 Cabriolet ($134,300) has 4.0-liter V-8 and rear-wheel drive.
AMG S 63 Sedan with 4Matic ($149,550) comes with 20-inch wheels, AMG performance exhaust, multi-contour adaptive sport seats, and all-wheel drive.
AMG S 63 Coupe with 4Matic ($169,450) is equipped similar to S 63 sedan.
AMG S 63 Cabriolet with 4Matic ($180,100) is equipped similar to S 63 sedan.
AMG S 65 Sedan with V-12 ($232,550) has 6.0-liter V-12 engine, rear-wheel drive, 20-inch wheels, Burmester 3D surround-sound, multi-contour seats, ambient lighting, heated front armrests, wireless smartphone charging, and AMG head-up display.
AMG S 65 Coupe with V-12 ($241,250) is equipped similar to S 65 sedan.
AMG S 65 Cabriolet with V-12 ($253,250) is equipped similar to S 65 sedan.
Maybach S 560 Sedan with V-8 and 4Matic ($171,200) has 4.0-liter V-8 and all-wheel drive.
Maybach S 650 Sedan with V-12 ($200,350) has 6.0-liter V-12, and rear-wheel drive, offering exclusive leather and paint choices. Luxury touches borrowed from top S-Class sedan include multi-contour front seats, power rear seats with memory, four-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, adaptive suspension, and 3D Burmester sound. Also includes wood/leather steering wheel, leather-covered door sills, 20-inch wheels, and Executive rear seats with 43-degree recline..