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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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$91,250 — $134,300 MSRP
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Sedan
4-5 Seats
20-22 MPG
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(4.9) 9 reviews

The Good

  • Interior quality, amenities
  • Effortless power
  • Ride quality
  • Seat comfort
  • Extravagant options

The Bad

  • Pricey
  • V-12 gas mileage
  • Technology might be imposing to some
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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • S 560e plug-in hybrid newly available
  • Sedan, coupe and convertible body styles
  • V-6, V-8 and V-12 engines offered
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Semi-autonomous driving features available
  • High-performance AMG versions available

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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The S-Class is the flagship passenger car of the Mercedes-Benz fleet and serves as a luxury and technological showcase for the brand. It comes in sedan, coupe and convertible body styles with a wide range of twin-turbocharged engines and rear- or all-wheel drive. S 450 models use a 362-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6; the S 560 uses a 463-hp, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8; and the Maybach S 650 has a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12. The performance-oriented AMG S 63 has a variant of the 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 603 hp, while the AMG S 65 has a 621-hp V-12 like the S 650. The S 450, S 560 and AMG S 63 all come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the Maybach S 650 and AMG S 65 use a seven-speed automatic. The S-Class competes with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series, Lexus LS and Maserati Quattroporte. Maybach versions, meanwhile, are ultraluxury models aimed at Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

What's New on the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

A new plug-in hybrid S-Class sedan, the S 560e, is slated to arrive in mid-2019. It has an onboard 7.2-kilowatt charger for faster charging.

What Features in the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Are Most Important?

As Mercedes' technological showcase, the S-Class offers several advanced driver assistance and semi-autonomous driving features. Among them are adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability, steering assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot monitoring and a 360-degree camera system. The systems can help steer the car and change lanes (when the turn signal is activated), slow the car when heading into turns and provide automatic braking, among other tasks. An Energizing Comfort feature works with the climate control, in-cabin fragrance system, audio system and available massaging front seats to coddle occupants through muscle relaxation and other physical and ambient features designed to make them feel better. Available Magic Body Control uses cameras to detect the road ahead and adjust the suspension in milliseconds to maintain a smooth ride.

Should I Buy the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

The S-Class historically has represented the best Mercedes has to offer in luxury, convenience, technology and safety, so this is the place to go for the brand's latest and greatest. There is plenty to like in the S-Class line, but there is so much to digest that a three-year lease might expire before you've mastered it all.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.9
9 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.9)
Performance
(5.0)
Interior Design
(4.8)
Comfort
(5.0)
Reliability
(5.0)
Value For The Money
(4.9)
(4.0)

most reliable car I own

by myMB from Irvine. Ca on November 13, 2019

the car fit my needs for comfortable driving. there are still a lots of things to be improved such as the manual unclarity, not detailed enough, options not having much choices to adjust and not user ... Read full review

(5.0)

Great automobiles

by JB from West los Angeles on November 5, 2019

Great car I only buy Mercedes they will go forever had one with over 180000 miles drove to work 100 miles each way. Never had a problem and very reliable buy a Mercedes, or if you don't want to spend ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class currently has 1 recall


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class has not been tested.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Mercedes-Benz

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Powertrain

    48 months / 50,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    48 months / 50,000 miles

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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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