2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG S

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2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG S
2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG S

Key specs

Base trim shown


The good:

  • Effortless power
  • Ride quality
  • Seat comfort
  • Extravagant options
  • Semi-autonomous drivability

The bad:

  • Some multimedia glitches
  • Pricing with options
  • Handling with base suspension
  • Backseat sits a bit low to the floor
  • Imposing array of multimedia menus

2 trims

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Notable features

  • New S550e plug-in hybrid available
  • Sedan and coupe body styles
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Semi-autonomous driving features available
  • Camera-based adaptive suspension available
  • Heated armrests, massaging seats available

2016 Mercedes-Benz AMG S review: Our expert's take

Vehicle Overview

Mercedes offers performance-oriented AMG versions of the S-Class sedan and coupe. Both body styles are available as the S63 4Matic with all-wheel drive and as the S65 with rear-wheel drive.

What’s Special

  • Hand-built 577-horsepower, turbocharged 5.5-liter V-8 engine (S63)
  • Hand-built 621-hp, turbocharged 6.0-liter V-12 (S65)
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission with Controlled Efficiency, Sport and Manual modes
  • AMG-tuned all-wheel-drive system has 33:67 front-to-rear torque split
  • Available carbon fiber interior and exterior trim
  • Available carbon-ceramic brakes

Here’s info on the regular S-Class:

Mercedes’ flagship S-Class comes as a sedan and a coupe that seat up to five people. It’s available with rear- or all-wheel drive, a turbocharged V-8 or V-12 gas engine, and as a plug-in hybrid with a V-6 engine. Mercedes also offers high-performance AMG versions of the car.

The S-Class shares luxury-sedan real estate with models like the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Bentley Flying Spur. In addition, Mercedes has revived the Maybach name for an ultraluxury sedan — the Mercedes-Maybach S600 — that is based on the S-Class and covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

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New for 2016
The sedan gains standard near-field communication that enables wirelessly linking a smartphone to the multimedia system. The Driver Assistance Package now includes Speed Limit Assist, which keeps vehicle speed within posted limits. Swarovski crystal headlights are available for the S-Class coupe.

Significant Standard Features

  • 449-hp, turbocharged 4.7-liter V-8 engine
  • Seven-speed automatic transmission
  • Rear-wheel drive
  • All-LED exterior and interior lighting
  • Panoramic glass roof
  • Power trunk lid
  • Soft-close doors
  • Leather upholstery and wood trim
  • Cabin fragrance system
  • Stop-start engine technology
  • Air suspension
  • Forward collision warning with automatic braking
  • Driver-drowsiness monitor
  • Navigation system
  • Required in every new car: front airbags, antilock brakes and an electronic stability system

Significant Available Features

  • 523-hp, turbocharged  6.0-liter V-12
  • All-wheel drive
  • Camera-based adaptive suspension
  • Heated and cooled cupholders
  • Heated armrests and door panels
  • Dual-screen rear entertainment system
  • Heated and ventilated front and rear seats
  • Massaging front and rear seats
  • Night vision system


The S550e is a plug-in hybrid that went on sale in spring 2015 in California and in the fall was scheduled to expand to other states that use California’s emissions regulations. It has a turbocharged 3.0-liter gas V-6, a seven-speed automatic transmission and an electric motor powered by a lithium-ion battery pack that provides up to 18 miles of electric-only range. The electric motor also supplements the gas engine during acceleration.

What’s Special

  • 329-hp, turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6
  • 114-hp electric motor and 8.7-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack
  • 2- to 3-hour charging time depending on voltage
  • Programmable pre-entry climate control
  • Haptic gas pedal provides feedback for efficient operation

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 4.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability

Most recent consumer reviews


Test drive AMG S55

Excellent styling and comfort! Performs very nicely on the road. Great rumble from the 500 HP engine!

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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Mercedes-Benz
New car program benefits
48 months/50,000 miles
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48 months/50,000 miles
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Maximum age/mileage
6 years old or less/less than 75,000 miles
Basic warranty terms
1 year/unlimited miles
1 year/unlimited miles
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