Best Bet
(4.8) 11 reviews
MSRP: $3,452$15,748
Body Style: Sedan
Combined MPG: 15-21
Engine: 275-hp, 4.3-liter V-8 (premium)
Drivetrain: All-wheel Drive
Transmission: 5-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
2005 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Our Take on the 2005 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Our Take

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan gained two potent new engines for 2003. A supercharged 5.5-liter V-8 generates 493 horsepower in the S55 AMG; the twin-turbo V-12 in the S600 produces the same horsepower output. An available Pre-Safe system can recognize an impending impact before it occurs so it ... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • Price
  • Fuel economy
  • Control layout and complexity

Notable Features

  • Four potent powertrain choices
  • RWD or AWD
  • Mercedes-Benz pedigree
  • Seven-speed automatic in S430s and S500s with RWD


Our Expert Reviews

The full-size S-Class sedans from Mercedes-Benz are getting a bit long in the tooth -- a successor model is due to be unveiled this fall at the Frankfurt show -- but the big four-door remains a formidable presence in the luxury market in terms of size, comfort, safety and advanced technology.We tested a 2005 S430 4Matic with all-wheel drive (a no-cost option) and a sticker of $79,430. SHE: I no... Read full review for the 2005 Mercedes Benz S Class

Consumer Reviews


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by The car enthusiast from New York, NY on October 9, 2010

I bought a used 2005 S55 AMG for 50 grand, and let me tell you!!!! This car is absolutley amazing. This car is considered a "super-sedan" Any one, and every one who knows something about cars knows th... Read Full Review

6 Trims Available

A trim is a style of a vehicle model. Each higher trim has different or upgraded features from the previous trim along with a price increase. Learn more about trims

Trims Explained

When talking about cars, “trims” is a way of differentiating between different versions of the same model. Typically, most start with a no-frills, or “base” trim, and as features are added, or a different engine, drivetrain (gas vs. hybrid, for example) or transmission are included, trim names change and prices go up.

It’s important to carefully check the trims of the car you’re interested in to make sure that you’re getting the features you want, or that you’re not overpaying for features you don’t want.


Crash-Test Reports


There is currently 1 recall for this car.

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