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2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

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$94,250 — $138,600 MSRP
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Sedan
4-5 Seats
20-22 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?
(5.0) 7 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
2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  • New AMG S65 Final Edition available
  • Sedan, coupe and convertible body styles
  • V-6, V-8 and V-12 engines offered
  • S560e plug-in hybrid available
  • Rear- or all-wheel drive
  • Semi-autonomous driving features available

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2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

What Is the 2020 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 seats up to five and comes in sedan, coupe and convertible body styles with a wide range of twin-turbocharged engines and rear- or all-wheel drive.

S450 models use a 362-horsepower, twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6; the S560 and Maybach S560 use a 463-hp, twin-turbo 4.0-liter V-8; and the Maybach S650 has a 621-hp, twin-turbo 6.0-liter V-12. The performance-oriented AMG S63 has a variant of the 4.0-liter V-8 that makes 603 hp, while the AMG S65 has a 621-hp V-12 like the S650. The S450, S560 and AMG S63 all come with a nine-speed automatic transmission, and the Maybach S650 and AMG S65 use a seven-speed automatic. A plug-in hybrid S560e is also offered.

The S-Class competes with the Audi A8, BMW 7 Series and Lexus LS. Maybach versions, meanwhile, are ultraluxury models aimed at Bentley and Rolls-Royce.

What’s New on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class?

Keyless access and push-button start are now standard, and a new AMG S65 Final Edition is available. Limited to 130 copies, the AMG S65 Final Edition features Obsidian Black Metallic paint, 20-inch matte-bronze wheels, gloss-black tailpipes, black Nappa leather with copper-colored contrast stitching, carbon-fiber trim with copper accents and special badging.

What Features in the 2020 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, 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 sensory features. Available Magic Body Control uses cameras to detect the road ahead and adjusts the suspension in milliseconds to maintain a smooth ride.

Should I Buy the 2020 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

5.0
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Value For The Money
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(5.0)

Great performance, smooth drive.

by TaniaB from Carlsbad, CA on October 26, 2020

We installed solar system in preparation of buying Tesla. We borrow the car from a friend for 3 weeks to try and that was the best decision we made. After driving an Merceds S-class in the past, Tesla... Read full review

(5.0)

leased car for 3 years

by thomas from Nashville on October 26, 2020

great ride and comfort. upgrade from previous e series. impressive safety features. Car met all my needs plenty of legroom. feels very stable and safe Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz S-Class currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

The 2020 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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