2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Buyer's Guide

Mercedes-Benz flagship S-Class model returns for 2016 in its well-known sedan form, and in the coupe body style introduced last year as a replacement for the CL-Class.

The most notable news is the addition of a plug-in hybrid version of the sedan called the S550e that pairs a 3.0L turbocharged V6 engine with an electric motor for power outputs of 436 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, and an electric-only range of 33 km with a fully-charged battery.

Trim updates include standard rear side window roller blinds and 360-degree camera for the S63 sedan; a standard Nappa leather sport steering wheel in sedan and coupe versions of the S63 and S65, and all coupe models now get a standard heated windshield.

It joins an S-Class lineup that is otherwise unchanged. The sedan also comes in S400 4MATIC (4MATIC denoting the brand's all-wheel drive system), S550 4MATIC, S600, S63 AMG 4MATIC, and S65 trims. The S400 and S550 come in a short-wheelbase body, while a long-wheelbase version is optional in the S 550 and standard in the rest of the line. The coupe is offered as the S550 4MATIC, S63 4MATIC, and S65.

The S400 uses a twin-turbo 3.0L V6 that makes 329 hp and 354 lb-ft of torque; S550 models (sedan and coupe) get a 4.7L twin-turbo V8 good for 449 hp and 516 lb-ft, and the S600 uses a 6.0L V12 whose 523 hp and 612 lb-ft outputs look impressive until you get to the "high-performance" AMG models: the S63's 5.5L turbo V8 is good for 577 hp and 664 lb-ft, and the S65's turbo V12 cranks out 621 hp and 737 lb-ft of torque; again, these engines are shared by sedan and coupe variants.

Fuel consumption ratings range from the S400's 12.6/8.6 L/100 km (city/highway) to the S65's 18.5/11.8 L/100 km. The hybrid S550e hasn't been rated yet.

S400 and S550 models share a standard feature list that includes eco start/stop, electro-mechanical steering, electric parking brake, 19-inch wheels, power trunk with hands-free access, active LED headlights, panoramic sunroof, surround-sound stereo, navigation, automatic climate control, leather upholstery, 16-way power front seats with memory, wood and leather-trimmed steering wheel, "warmth comfort" package, touchpad infotainment control, collision prevention assist plus, magic vision control, pre-safe, crosswind assist, run-flat tires and stability control with dynamic cornering assist.

The S600 adds 20-inch wheels, 360-degree camera, keyless-go, night view assist plus, magic body control, distronic plus with steering assist, active blind spot assist, active lane keeping assist, and BAS plus with cross-traffic assist.

AMG models get unique 20-inch wheels and upgraded transmission, suspension, steering, brakes and exhaust.

Price tags range from $102,600 for the S400 to $252,000 for an S65 LWB.

2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Specifications

There are 11 available trims for this model. View a specific trim for more precise information.
Overview
Specifications
From $102,600 MSRP
10.6
Fuel Economy City/HWY combined
329 hp @5250 rpm
Number of seats 5
Drivetrain All Wheel Drive
Body style Sedan
Trim MSRP Number of seats Body style
Trim Horse Power Torque Transmission Drivetrain
Trim Length Body Width Body Height Wheelbase
Trim AUX Input Satellite Radio MP3 Play Bluetooth Connect
Trim Standard Seat Trim Heated Front Seats Heated Rear Seats Power Driver Seats
Trim Traction Stability Brake Assist ABS Blind Spot Sensor
Trim Back Up Camera Parking Distance Sensors AC Power Windows Navigation
4dr Sdn S 400 4MATIC $102,600 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn S 400 4MATIC 329 hp @5250 rpm 354 ft-lb @1600 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn S 400 4MATIC 201.4" 74.8" 58.9" 119.5"
4dr Sdn S 400 4MATIC
4dr Sdn S 400 4MATIC Leather Seats
4dr Sdn S 400 4MATIC
4dr Sdn S 400 4MATIC
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC SWB $110,700 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC SWB 449 hp @5250 rpm 516 ft-lb @1800 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC SWB 201.4" 74.8" 58.9" 119.5"
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC SWB
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC SWB Leather Seats
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC SWB
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC SWB
4dr Sdn S 550 Plug-In Hybrid RWD $117,300 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn S 550 Plug-In Hybrid RWD 436 hp @5250 rpm 479 ft-lb @0 rpm 7-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn S 550 Plug-In Hybrid RWD 206.5" 74.8" 58.8" 124.6"
4dr Sdn S 550 Plug-In Hybrid RWD
4dr Sdn S 550 Plug-In Hybrid RWD Leather Seats
4dr Sdn S 550 Plug-In Hybrid RWD
4dr Sdn S 550 Plug-In Hybrid RWD
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC LWB $119,500 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC LWB 449 hp @5250 rpm 516 ft-lb @1800 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC LWB 206.5" 74.8" 58.8" 124.6"
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC LWB
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC LWB Leather Seats
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC LWB
4dr Sdn S 550 4MATIC LWB
2dr Cpe S 550 4MATIC $151,300 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe S 550 4MATIC 449 hp @5250 rpm 516 ft-lb @1800 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe S 550 4MATIC 197.9" 74.8" 55.8" 115.9"
2dr Cpe S 550 4MATIC
2dr Cpe S 550 4MATIC Leather Seats
2dr Cpe S 550 4MATIC
2dr Cpe S 550 4MATIC
4dr Sdn AMG S 63 4MATIC $159,400 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn AMG S 63 4MATIC 577 hp @5500 rpm 664 ft-lb @2250 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn AMG S 63 4MATIC 208.1" 75.4" 59" 124.6"
4dr Sdn AMG S 63 4MATIC
4dr Sdn AMG S 63 4MATIC Leather Seats
4dr Sdn AMG S 63 4MATIC
4dr Sdn AMG S 63 4MATIC
2dr Cpe AMG S 63 4MATIC $178,300 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe AMG S 63 4MATIC 577 hp @5500 rpm 664 ft-lb @2250 rpm 7-Speed A/T All Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe AMG S 63 4MATIC 198.6" 75.3" 56" 115.9"
2dr Cpe AMG S 63 4MATIC
2dr Cpe AMG S 63 4MATIC Leather Seats
2dr Cpe AMG S 63 4MATIC
2dr Cpe AMG S 63 4MATIC
4dr Sdn S 600 RWD $206,500 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn S 600 RWD 523 hp @4900 rpm 612 ft-lb @1900 rpm 7-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn S 600 RWD 206.5" 74.8" 58.9" 124.6"
4dr Sdn S 600 RWD
4dr Sdn S 600 RWD Leather Seats
4dr Sdn S 600 RWD
4dr Sdn S 600 RWD
4dr Sdn Maybach S 600 RWD $231,200 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn Maybach S 600 RWD 523 hp @4900 rpm 612 ft-lb @1900 rpm 7-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn Maybach S 600 RWD 206.5" 74.8" 58.9" 124.6"
4dr Sdn Maybach S 600 RWD
4dr Sdn Maybach S 600 RWD Leather Seats
4dr Sdn Maybach S 600 RWD
4dr Sdn Maybach S 600 RWD
4dr Sdn AMG S 65 RWD $252,000 5 Sedan
4dr Sdn AMG S 65 RWD 621 hp @4800 rpm 737 ft-lb @2300 rpm 7-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
4dr Sdn AMG S 65 RWD 208.1" 75.4" 59" 124.6"
4dr Sdn AMG S 65 RWD
4dr Sdn AMG S 65 RWD Leather Seats
4dr Sdn AMG S 65 RWD
4dr Sdn AMG S 65 RWD
2dr Cpe AMG S 65 RWD $262,500 4 Coupe
2dr Cpe AMG S 65 RWD 621 hp @4800 rpm 737 ft-lb @2300 rpm 7-Speed A/T Rear Wheel Drive
2dr Cpe AMG S 65 RWD 198.6" 75.3" 56" 115.9"
2dr Cpe AMG S 65 RWD
2dr Cpe AMG S 65 RWD Leather Seats
2dr Cpe AMG S 65 RWD
2dr Cpe AMG S 65 RWD

Expert Review Articles

by Jonathan Yarkony
July 25, 2016
Some cars, as great as they are, just beg the question as to why they even exist. The Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a no-brainer.

Owner Reviews: 2016 Mercedes-Benz / S-Class

Average Rating

2005 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Trim: S430 4matic
by Mercedes_S430 on 11-15-2012
S430 4-MATIC
I bought this car with only 24,000 kms and it has been a joy to own and drive over the last 4 yrs. Although the repairs on the car are typical Mercedes expensive, a 20,000 km service is not too bad. I had minimal problems with the car in spite of driving it for 50,000 per yr. The ride quality is amazing and handling is superb. For a V8 with AWD, I got avg fuel consumption of 11.2 litres / 100kms with mostly hwy driving.
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
5/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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0 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Trim: S550
by Pete on 11-01-2012
Amazing
It is an amazing car. Very comfortable, intelligent and safe. A lot of effort has been put in it to make it sturdy and safe. I love the features in the car and the performance is fantastic. I just wish the fuel economy could be bit better not that it is bad but considering the gas prices. I love german cars and we have 4 mercedes benz at home. Cannot think of any other brand to buy.
Overall
4.5
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
4/5
Reliability
5/5
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

2009 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Trim: S600
by kbfunk on 10-17-2012
2009 Mercedes S600 V12
I absolutely love EVERYTHING about my S600.
Massaging seats front / back, night vision, 510 hp V12, rear reclining seats, the list goes on and on. I have owned my car for 2.5 years now and it is clearly one of the nicest driving & riding cars on the planet. No regrets here!
Overall
5.0
Comfort
5/5
Performance
5/5
Fuel Economy
3/5
Interior Design
5/5
Exterior Styling
5/5
Reliability
5/5
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