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2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

$32,210 — $98,270 USED
Sedan
4-5 Seats
15-20 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

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
2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • 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

Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

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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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
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Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(4.9)
Interior Design
(4.9)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

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(5.0)

Greatest ride ever

by Benz Fan from Oxnard on November 11, 2018

I have quite a few Mercedes Benzes but this is my 1st S class, and there is a reason why this is the flagship and top of the line. The comfort and stability make you feel very safe. I really have fun ... Read full review

(5.0)

i love the ride

by GARY from Clovis on August 21, 2018

purchased a new 2015 s550 Sport with a lot of options and under 18 miles. I'm a big guy, 6.1 and big-boned, with two younger children . There is still some room behind me with the seat backed up all ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class currently has 6 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2015 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has not been tested.

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The S-Class received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Forward-facing convertible

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* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.

Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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