2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan

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The term "trickle-down economics" suggests that as the rich succeed, their achievements, knowledge, and wealth will flow down to the middle and working classes, thus benefiting all those beneath them. In theory, this sounds reasonable, but in practice, not so much, except in the case of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class, which has for decades set the bar for safety and general car tech, and boy has it trickled down. The S-Class's accomplishments can be seen in the models below it, such as the E and C-Class; that's what flagship cars are all about, right? Now in its sixth generation, the S-Class is more accomplished than ever, and offers supreme levels of comfort and ride quality for those who are more interested in being comfortable on the road than actually enjoying the act of driving in itself. 2019 sees more modern rivals like the BMW 7 Series biting at its heels, so can this stalwart of German opulence keep its place on the throne of the full-size luxury sedan segment?

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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2018 S-Class Sedan?

The big Benz received a significant update in 2018 which included restyled headlights, an updated infotainment system, and standard wireless phone charging, so it enters 2019 relatively unchanged, but in classic S-Class tradition, they've snuck in some futuristic tech: you can now control a few more vehicle systems with voice commands thanks to updated voice control software.

Pros and Cons

  • There's enough power across the range
  • Five-star interior
  • Silky ride
  • Road noise is almost non-existent
  • It's not going to win any races around the Nurburgring
  • Some features are overkill
  • Eastern rivals are getting closer to offering a similar package for less

What's the Price of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan?

Mercedes kicks off their S-Class range with the S450 Sedan, which starts with an MSRP of $91,250, a whole $7,600 more than the BMW 7 Series. Adding the optional 4Matic AWD system will up the price by $3,000. The twin-turbo V8 S560 starts off at $101,350 for the RWD version, with the 4Matic version again adding $3,000 to the bill. BMW's 7 Series catches up price-wise the higher you climb up the model range: the 750i xDrive will set you back $99,950, just below the $100,000 mark.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan Trims

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Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
S450 Sedan
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
S450 4MATIC Sedan
3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
S560 Sedan
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
Rear-Wheel Drive
S560 4MATIC Sedan
4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
9-Speed Automatic
All-Wheel Drive
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2019 S-Class Sedan Exterior

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  • Length 206.9 in
  • Wheelbase 124.6 in
  • Height 58.8 in
  • Front Width 63.9 in
  • Rear Width 64.5 in
  • Curb Weight 4,553.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • designo Diamond White +$795
  • designo Diamond White Metallic +$795
  • designo Cashmere White Magno (Matte Finish), Requires additional 6-8 weeks production time. +$3,950
  • Dune Silver Metallic
  • Black, *PRICE TO FOLLOW*
  • Magnetite Black Metallic, *PRICE TO FOLLOW*
  • Obsidian Black Metallic, *PRICE TO FOLLOW*
  • Lunar Blue Metallic
  • Ruby Black Metallic
  • Emerald Green Metallic
  • Selenite Grey
  • Anthracite Blue Metallic
  • Iridium Silver Metallic
  • Diamond Silver Metallic
  • Black
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2019 S-Class Sedan Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    3.0L Twin-Turbo V6 Gas, 4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 Gas
  • Transmission
    9-Speed Automatic
  • Drivetrains
    AWD, RWD

Handling and Driving Impressions

Gone are the days of jello-like luxo-barges getting away with sloppy and unresponsive handling; modern luxury sedans have to perform well in any road condition, whether it be an autobahn dash or a potholed inner-city expedition. Mercedes-Benz has taken this into consideration, and it shows in the corners; the S-Class doesn't mind being chucked into a corner, and remains relatively flat and composed, with comfort mode allowing for a bit more body roll. Steering is vague and disconnected, but it isn't challenging to place the wheels with reasonable accuracy. Sportier driving modes help to load up the steering, but it doesn't give it any more feel. The sheer weight of the S-Class can be felt in the corners, but the all-season tires feel like the biggest limiting factor here, especially in 4Matic configuration, where a stickier set of tires would give the driver a lot more confidence in the bends. In day to day driving situations, though, the S-Class provides a level of road comfort that is on par with sitting on your favorite couch at home.

2019 S-Class Sedan Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 41.4 in
  • Front Head Room 42.1 in
  • Rear Leg Room 43.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 39.2 in

2019 S-Class Sedan Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    12.3 ft³

2019 S-Class Sedan Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    4 Years \ 50,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

NHTSA safety ratings are not available at this time.

Verdict: Is the 2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan A Good car?

Some might consider the 2019 Mercedes-Benz a good car because of its long list of technological features and its general sense of occasion, but beneath all the tech lies a supremely capable and comfortable vehicle in the style of luxury limousines of old. The reserved styling and silky smooth range of engines and transmissions offer a five-star driving experience that is not only comfortable when puttering around town but impresses with its dynamic ability when pushing on. Although the S-Class feels disconnected behind the wheel, it can be placed with precision and confidence, the only weak-point being the all-season tires. Stepping inside the S-Class, one is transported to the first-class waiting lounge at any big international airport; peerless comfort, most notably in the back, is matched by a level of safety and tech features that would leave most everyday motorists dumbfounded. With a starting price of $91,250, the S-Class delivers performance, safety, and luxury on a level that's difficult to match.

What Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan Model Should I Buy?

When dealing with this class of vehicles, buyers become less sensitive to differences in price between models, and for that exact reason, we would suggest going with the top of the range S560 4Matic which goes for $13,100 more than the entry-level S450. What you get for that extra thirteen grand is over a hundred more horsepower, 147 lb-ft more torque, and all-wheel drive, not to mention a feeling of well-deserved superiority. The twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 found in the S450 is more than capable of shifting the S-Class around, but the V8 model makes it feel fast, and that's something you can't really put a price on (of course you can).

CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan429 hp21/30 mpg$111,100
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan 255 hp23/31 mpg$54,950
BMW 7 Series 375 hp25/31 mpg$95,700

2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan vs Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan

Many wonder what the significant differences are between the E and S-Class sedans. The most obvious differentiation can be found in the size of both cars: the E-Class is a mid-size luxury sedan, while the S-Class is full-sized. This is also clearly apparent when you look at interior space, where the E-Class and S-Class offer similar front legroom space, but the S-Class's rear area is vastly superior. Engine choices available for the E-Class include an efficient 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four-cylinder capable of returning 25 mpg on a combined cycle. The E450 4Matic shares its engine with the S450. The E-class offers a more balanced offering for those who actually drive their cars themselves, whereas the S-Class has been built to cater for backseat drivers.

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2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Sedan vs BMW 7 Series

The battle between these two cars stretches back decades, with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class having the advantage of heritage. The 2019 7 Series is better than ever and goes toe to toe with the S-Class and comes out on top a lot of the time. Power is supplied via a similar engine offering consisting of a 3.0-liter turbo inline six-cylinder in the 740i and a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 in the 750i. Fitted with the smaller engines, the Merc produces significantly more power. The same goes for the V8 option, with the Merc making slightly more power yet consuming marginally less fuel. The BMW plays its trump card once you step inside the cabin, offering more space for passengers as well as a larger trunk. The BMW is cheaper to buy and provides a more dynamic driving experience, but is outmatched in terms of sheer comfort. Both cars are now in their sixth generation and have been around for over five years.

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