The Mercedes-Benz S550's standard twin-turbocharged V8 engine generates an abundance of power that will thrill most drivers. The AMG S63's twin-turbocharged V8 engine is even more potent, and the AMG S65's twin-turbocharged V12 engine provides incredibly robust acceleration. The base model has a seven-speed automatic transmission. AMG models come with a seven-speed automated manual transmission.
According to the EPA, the S550 earns 17/26 mpg city/highway, which is just a bit below average for a luxury sedan. With either its standard adaptive suspension or the available adaptive suspension system, the S-Class has an incredibly gentle ride over road imperfections. While its steering is fairly light, the S-Class feels well-controlled for a large sedan.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz offers splendid luxury and top-notch materials unmatched by nearly every rival. Featuring a multitude of adjustable comfort options, the S-Class’ seats are some of the best available. The front seats are roomy and plush. The back seats, even in the coupe model, are spacious and provide outstanding comfort and luxurious amenities.
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S550 sedan comes equipped with a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, forward collision warning with automatic braking, driver drowsiness monitoring, and Mercedes' COMAND infotainment system, which includes navigation, two 12.3-inch displays, a touchpad controller that lets you write out addresses and phone numbers with your finger, a 13-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, Bluetooth, dual USB ports, and satellite radio.
Available features include quad-zone automatic climate control, adaptive cruise control, active lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, night vision, pedestrian detection, front and rear parking sensors, parallel park assist, a surround-view camera system, a head-up display, a 24-speaker Burmester surround-sound audio system, a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, a built-in Wi-Fi hot spot, and a Splitview front-seat entertainment system, which enables the driver and front passenger to see two different things when looking at the same center-stack screen.
The S-Class is packed with high-tech safety and collision mitigation features, some of which react automatically when the driver can’t. Its infotainment system has two large screens and is simple to operate, though it may take some time to get accustomed to its many features. The S-Class' trunk space in average for the class.
- "If your position in life demands driving the best, but you prefer subtle sophistication to flashy flamboyance, the 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class luxury sedan is your ride. Powerful, plush and packed with the latest automotive technology, this big sedan and 2-door coupe make a statement like no other." - Kelley Blue Book
- "The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class is a step above other elite full-size luxury sedans in terms of refinement, technology and luxury, while the new coupe version is every bit its two-door equal. It is truly one of the world's finest automobiles." - Edmunds
- "Mercedes would have you call the 2014 S-class, the sixth generation of the nameplate known internally as the W222, 'the best car in the world, ' and while there's no calculus to determine what, exactly, defines 'best, ' the car does make a few pretty compelling arguments in its favor." - AutoWeek (2014)
Other Cars to Consider
The BMW 7-Series comes with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine that has ample power. With an available diesel engine, the 7-Series earns better fuel economy estimates than the S-Class. It also has a slightly larger trunk than the S-Class.
The Audi A8 has a strong, supercharged V8 engine and athletic handling. The A8's cabin is extremely upscale, and it has roomy front and back seats. Additionally, the A8 comes standard with all-wheel drive and earns better fuel economy than the S-Class.
Details: 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
The 2016 Mercedes-Benz S-Class sedan seats up to five, and the S-Class coupe seats four. Engine size ranges from a twin-turbocharged 4.7-liter V8 in the base S550 to a twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter V12 in the AMG S65. The S-Class comes standard with a seven-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive. All-wheel drive (4Matic) is available. The S-Class' last full redesign was in 2014 and it is mostly unchanged since. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2014 through 2016 model years.