The 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class lineup includes sedans, cabriolets, and coupes, from the S450 sedan to the S560 plug-in hybrid, to S63 and S65 coupes and cabriolets, to the Mercedes-Maybach sedan.
It’s an extraordinary lineup that merits an 8 here. It grabs all the extra points for standard and optional features, but it’s only a value of a very extreme kind, and its warranty coverage is competitive, but not game-changing. (Read more about how we rate cars.)
The least expensive S-Class is the $92,245 Mercedes-Benz S450 sedan. It comes with Burmester surround sound, navigation, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, 18-inch wheels, 16-way power front seats, keyless ignition, soft-close doors and trunk lid, twin 12.3-inch display screens, and a cabin fragrance system. Mercedes’ older version of its infotainment system comes standard, and it’s a complex system that involves a touchpad controller, voice commands, steering-wheel controls, and a long time digesting the owner’s manual.
Options include an AMG line body kit, multi-contour front seats, cooled front seats, heated and cooled rear seats, a surround-view camera system, an executive rear seat package with folding tables, a refrigerator box between the rear seats, a head-up display, a photochromic roof, Burmester sound, and a CD player. Also available are night vision, adaptive suspension, active steering assist with safety features, and lane-change assist.
In the two-door range, we’d take the $126,945 S560 4Matic Coupe. It carries most of the sedan’s standard equipment and gets 19-inch wheels and the fabric roof, as well as a cabin-air purifier and ambient lighting. Options include 20-inch wheels and Swarovski crystal headlights.
Twist our arm and we’d drive the $254,545 AMG S65 Convertible. It gains 20-inch wheels, the Burmester 3D surround-sound system, multi-contour seats, ambient lighting, heated front armrests, wireless smartphone charging, an AMG head-up display. Options include a carbon-fiber or night exterior package, a performance steering wheel, red brake calipers, carbon-ceramic brakes.
We’ve spent the most time recently in the $200,895 Mercedes-Maybach S650, and would pick it above any other S-Class, and not just for its exclusive leather and paint choices, which include $12,000 two-tone paint. It gets most of the S-Class luxury touches as standard, including multi-contour front seats, power rear seats with memory, four-zone automatic climate control, wireless smartphone charging, adaptive suspension, and 3D Burmester sound. Options include a rear-seat package with heated and cooled rear cupholders and folding tables, silver champagne flutes, the photochromic roof, and rear-seat wireless smartphone charging.
Mercedes offers a 4-year/50,000-mile warranty on the 2019 S-Class. Rivals meet that and include at least two years of maintenance.
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