The Mercedes-Benz S-class retains its dominance and serves as the standard for other full-size luxury sedans. The S500 and S580 are the two available variants, both with standard 4Matic all-wheel drive and each with a unique power plant. The Mercedes-Maybach S-class super-luxury model, which was previously evaluated, delivers an utterly sumptuous experience. Although the thick leather thrones in the front and back rows make it clear that the S-class prioritizes comfort, its standard air suspension completes the experience by turning the road into silk. Additionally, the optional E-Active Body Control can even lean the vehicle into corners to prevent you from spilling your beverage, which you are sipping while relaxing in the power-adjustable, heated massage function-equipped back seats, which are an option.
Mercedes provides two different engines for its S-class sedan: a 429-hp 3.0-liter inline-six cylinder turbocharged engine for the S500, and a 496-hp twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8 for the S580. A 48-volt hybrid system is added to both powertrains, which are paired with a 9-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic all-wheel drive. The S-class may also be fitted with an all-wheel steering system that makes the big-bodied Merc surprisingly simple to operate in confined areas, even though every S-class rides on air suspension and has a “curve” feature that softly leans the car into curves.
21 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway are the ratings for the six-cylinder S500. When upgrading to the S580 with a V-8 engine, those estimates are reduced to 16 city mpg and 25 highway mpg.
Comfort And the Interior
The S-class prioritizes displays inside. Up to five options, including a massive center touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, are available for the sedan. Additionally, an upgraded head-up display will provide augmented reality navigation instructions. In essence, real-time arrows change and move to presumably better aid the motorist. The sedan’s construction quality and interior materials are up to Mercedes’ upmarket standards. The new model’s back seats have somewhat more head and leg room, and power-adjustable reclining chairs with massaging capabilities and extensive heating components are an option. The optional rear-seat entertainment system, which adds two 11.6-inch displays to the front seat backs and interactive LED interior lighting, should provide passengers in the back with physical comfort.