2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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Key Specs

of the 2016 Mercedes‑Benz S‑Class base trim shown

  • Body Type:
  • Combined MPG:
    15-20 Combined MPG
  • Engine:
    449-hp, 4.7-liter V-8 (premium)
  • Drivetrain:
    Rear-wheel Drive
  • Transmission:
    7-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual
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Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Effortless power
  • Ride quality
  • Seat comfort
  • Extravagant options
  • Semiautonomous 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
2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class exterior side view

Notable Features of the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

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 of 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-horsepower, 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

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Vehicle Overview

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.

(Skip to details on the: S550e, S63 and S65 AMG)

New for 2016
The sedan gains standard near-field communication that enables wirelessly linking of 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-horsepower, 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

S550e

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
  • Two- to three-hour charging time depending on voltage
  • Programmable pre-entry climate control
  • Haptic gas pedal provides feedback for efficient operation

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S63 and S65 AMG

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-hp, 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

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What Drivers Are Saying

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(5.0)
Comfort
(4.9)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.5)

Latest Reviews

(5.0)

S63 Rocks

by Dennis L from Las Vegas, NV on April 6, 2018

Love the S63 Coupe - one of the best designs inside and out I’ve ever owned. Takes some getting used to with all the electronics but overall happy. Read full review

(3.0)

Very disappointing

by Philosoph from Riverside, California on April 4, 2018

If you are looking for smooth and quiet, this is not your car. It is fast and handles well and is incredibly posh inside, but the engine, transmission, and road noise are quite obtrusive, and the ride ... Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class currently has 3 recalls

Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has not been tested.

Manufacturer Warranty

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

CPO Program & Warranty

Certified Pre-Owned by Mercedes-Benz

Program Benefits

24-hour roadside assistance, trip-interruption services, trip-planning services and Carfax vehicle history report

  • Limited Warranty

    5 years / Unlimited Miles*

    Up to 5 years/Unlimited miles from original in-service date if purchased while under original warranty, or 1 year/Unlimited miles if purchased outside of new-vehicle warranty; no deductible, transferable to subsequent owners
  • Eligibility

    Under 6 years / 75,000 miles

    Vehicles receive a Rigorous inspection by factory-certified technicians.

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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.*
* 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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