2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Effortless power
- Ride quality
- Seat comfort
- Extravagant options
- Semi-autonomous drivability
- Some multimedia glitches
- Pricing with options
- Handling with base suspension
- Backseat sits a bit low to the floor
- Imposing array of multimedia menus
Sedan joined by S-Class coupe, replacing CL-Class
Turbocharged V-8 and V-12 engines
High-performance AMG versions available
Rear- or all-wheel drive
Available camera-based adaptive suspension
Available heated armrests, massaging seats
Cars.com reviewer Aaron Bragman takes a look at the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S600 from the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
What Is the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?
The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a full-size luxury car that is available as a sedan or a coupe and seats four or five. The sedan competes with the BMW 7 Series, Audi A8 and Bentley Flying Spur, while the S-Class coupe competes with the BMW 6 Series and Bentley Continental GT. Rear-wheel drive is standard, and all-wheel drive is available. Trim levels include the S 550, S 550 4Matic, S 600, S 63 AMG and S 65 AMG. There is also a plug-in-hybrid version of the S-Class.
What's New on the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?
For 2015, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class gets a new coupe body style with room for five occupants; like the sedan, it comes standard with rear-wheel drive but is offered with the Mercedes-Benz 4Matic all-wheel-drive system. The S 600 and S 65 - both of which come equipped with a V-12 engine - are new for 2015 as well. Finally, the physical keypad of previous model years has been replaced with a touchpad.
How Does the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Compare to Other Full-Size Luxury Cars?
The S-Class is among elite company in the full-size luxury car segment, even outperforming most of its rivals' combined sales. And there's a reason for that: Particularly when fully loaded, both the S-Class sedan and S-Class coupe thoroughly outdo competing models in terms of power, composure, technology and head-turning looks. In many respects, it isn't even close - but it comes with a higher price than the competition.
What Features in the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Are Most Important?
The 2015 S-Class is offered with four engines, all of which come paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission:
- The S 550 comes equipped with a 449-horsepower, twin-turbo 4.7-liter V-8.
- The S 600 features a 523-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12.
- The S 63 AMG features a 577-hp, twin-turbo 5.5-liter V-8.
- The S 65 AMG includes a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12.
With both body styles, the S 550 and S 600 come standard with rear-wheel drive and are available with all-wheel drive. The S 63 AMG is available only with all-wheel drive, while the S 65 AMG is available only in a rear-wheel-drive configuration.
Significant standard features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a panoramic glass roof, soft-closing doors, a power-operated trunk lid, two 12.3-inch dashboard screens, all-LED interior lighting, leather upholstery, burl walnut wood trim, power-adjustable heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, push-button start, a navigation system, a Burmester six-CD audio system with music streaming and 10 GB of storage, a power rear sunshade and in-car Wi-Fi internet.
Notable available features include 19- or 20-inch wheels, an available body kit (includes revised rear styling, side sills and front air dam), black poplar and metalized ash wood trim, Nappa leather upholstery, ventilated front seats, heated and ventilated rear seats, a four-zone climate control system, a cabin fragrance system, massaging front seats, power-adjustable outboard rear seats, power sunshades for the rear side windows, a dual-screen rear entertainment system, heated and cooled rear cupholders, a heated steering wheel, heated armrests and heated door panels.
As required in all new vehicles of this model year, the 2015 S-Class comes with antilock brakes, an electronic stability system and front airbags. Every 2015 S-Class also comes standard with a collision warning system, active front head restraints, the Attention Assist driver drowsiness-monitoring system, a backup camera and the Pre-Safe system, which makes a variety of adjustments on the fly to mitigate the effects of an imminent collision. Optional safety features include seat belt airbags for the outboard rear passengers, night vision, lane departure prevention and a blind spot warning system.
Should I Buy the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?
In both coupe and sedan body styles, the 2015 S-Class thoroughly outpaces the competition in a way that's rarely seen. Power delivery feels effortless, the tech features are stunning and the interior is a masterclass in mobile luxury. The only downside is the cost, especially if you want some of the fancier features like massaging seats and the rear entertainment system. But if you're willing and able to pay the price, choosing the S-Class is a no-brainer.
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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class currently has 6 recalls